The Fuchs/Lamattina Top Fuel dragster has taken out the 2017/18 400 Thunder Top Fuel Championship and secured runner up in the 2018 Gulf Western Oil Winternationals.

Kelly Bettes is the first female professional drag racing champion in Australia to be crowned with the prestigious Top Fuel crown and in only her rookie year behind the wheel of the Fuchs/Lamattina dragster.

The 33 year old Queenslander was overwhelmed by the 400 Thunder championship win.  “I don't even know what to say. To Fuchs, all the team, I'm blown away, we're just all stoked,” Bettes said.

The championship was the first for team owner Phil Lamattina since his own 2014 national title win. The Victorian carrot farmer said the 400 Thunder trophy was the reward for taking a chance on Bettes, a former Australian Modified and Junior Dragster champion.

“We took a chance on a young lady and she has paid us back in spades,” he said. “She has taught me so much this year. The Rapisarda team pushed us to the limit and that is what it is all about.”

The Top Fuel title was secured when Bettes won the semi final round of the 2018 Gulf Western Oil Winternationals.  A win in the final round of the Winternats would have seen Bettes take the event win in addition to her Title win, but tyre shake early in the pass ended her chances of doubling up on her title wins