Betty Klimenko broke the mould when she entered the Supercars Championship in 2013. All tattoos, black boots, and bleached hair, her down to earth, go get ‘em attitude made her an instant hit.
The popular motorsport matriarch has since set a new standard for accessibility, providing glimpses of behind-the-scenes action to loyal fans. A shake-up at the beginning of 2016 saw Betty surrounded by new drivers, race cars, and many new faces when she moved her team from Queensland to Victoria. Fast forward 18-months and her team of David Reynolds and Luke Youlden not only conquered the Mountain, but every powerhouse garage further up pit lane.
Bathurst 2017 is a large chapter in Betty’s incredible life story, which saw her become the first female team owner in Supercars history to have won the historic event.
Betty has always had a long-term plan for her team and she vows she won’t give up on taking the fight to the bigger teams. That fight has seen drivers such as David Reynolds and Anton De Pasquale elevate the ‘little team that could’ to fourth in the Championship at the end of 2018.
After the year that was 2020, Betty is incredibly proud of her team who managed to finish 5th in the championship after over 100 days on the road away from their loved ones. She is now looking ahead to 2021 with a new lineup of drivers, including Will Brown and Brodie Kostecki, who she can’t wait to watch succeed and become the next two champions.