Kelly Bettes understands she's got the opportunity of a lifetime ahead of her.

A former ANDRA Modified Champion and Sport Compact Drag standout, will pilot the Lamattina Top Fuel Racing dragster at the Nitro Up North event at Hidden Valley Raceway, July 21 and 22.

“When you’re a kid, and you dream about drag racing at the highest level, Top Fuel is always at the top of the list," Bettes said. “To be a part of what I believe is the best team in Australian Top Fuel Racing is just a dream come true.

“I have the full support of my family as well as Phil Lamattina and his family, so I just want to learn the ropes, get the car from ‘A to B’ and do what’s required of me."

“I can’t wait to get to Sydney and absorb everything I can from Phil, Richie, and Aaron (Hambridge, LTFR Crew Chief), it’s going to be a great opportunity to learn everything I can without driving the car itself.

Team boss Phil Lamattina was thrilled to have Bettes as the team’s new driver.

“We considered several new people for the seat, but Kelly is not only a skillful driver, she is a great person and just fits so well with our team," Lamattina said. "It will be a great partnership, and we can’t wait to see her succeed and develop as our LTFR pilot.”

Bettes ascension to the quickest and fastest drag racing class in Australia will be mentored by multiple Australian Top Fuel Champion, Phil Lamattina, but also NHRA star, Richie Crampton.

Crampton will drive the Fuchs Lubricants dragster at the Nitro Thunder event at Sydney Dragway in May and Bettes will be at the event to learn everything possible before her first event in Darwin.