Tanya: How many more races do you have this year and what are you most looking forward to for the rest of 2018?
Courtney: I have five races left for the 2018 season. I am most looking forward to the round at the Bend with the Supercars in August, as I really love that track and I get to race at the same event as the main categories in Australia.
Tanya: Being such a man dominated sport, who are your role models? Do you have any particular female role models?
Courtney: My role model is Lewis Hamilton, an F1 driver. I look up to him as he is a great driver and does really well with consistently being up the front. In my area of racing, not many females have made it into a category, except for Simona De Silvestro, she is currently racing Supercars and had previously raced Indy Car. I look up to her as she did really well in Indy Car.
Tanya: What is your pre-race routine like?
Courtney: Every day I train to ensure that I am fit enough to drive the car at the best I can. The week leading up to the event I make a track map with braking markers, throttle points and car placement as every track is different. I study these and I also watch footage that has been taken from my car if I’m been to the track or another car in my team that has been there. This makes the track fresh in my head so when I go out on track I can just do what I need to do.
Tanya: What does it feel like when you’re racing around a track at 220km per hour and how do you keep focus?
Courtney: When I am going 220km per hour I don’t really feel it as it’s a race car, it is built to go fast. I have also been going fast in vehicles since I was eight, I know no different. When you are out there you need to be 100% focused as you are going at a high speed, split second decision-making so I need to be focused to perform well. To keep focus you talk to yourself in your head a little bit just to keep pushing yourself.
Tanya: We know you have quite a strict physical training routine to support your racing career, do you have a diet or any particular foods to eat to help you professionally?
Courtney: I do not have a strict diet, however I have to eat well to feel my greatest and have lots of energy to train, do homework and race. I mainly stick to a piece of meat and a variety of vegetables, basically every vegetable except carrot as carrots have a lot of sugar in them. I also try to stay away from pasta and bread and also fast food.
Tanya: What would you say to young girls who are watching you pave this unique path for yourself and thinking about following in your footsteps?
Courtney: You have to dedicate yourself to it 100%, this has to be everything you want as it requires a lot of time and commitment. You also have to have pretty thick skin to race well against the boys and not let them intimidate you on or off track.