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Melinda Price has made a competitive start to her first national meeting since taking a sabbatical from the sport nearly 15 years ago. This weekend, Price will also make history as the first woman to compete in an Australian GT event when she partners Formula Ford driver Liam McLellan in the #94 MARC Cars Australia Mazda 3.

Price and McLellan led the way in the MARC Cars Class of the GT Trophy Series after qualifying, with Price keen to dust off the cobwebs and have a strong result this weekend after racing Historic Formula Ford and demonstration runs in some old V8 Supercar machinery.

“Although It’s my first major race meeting in a while, I have done quite a bit of racing at historic events over the past couple of years, and after some success I decided it’s time to make a comeback in a more serious category.” Price said.

“I’m hoping that we can put in a solid weekend and then we can lock in a program for the rest of the MARC Championship with the team.

“This is my first time back in a car with this much power and speed, and it’s pretty exciting to be honest. It’s been a while so I’m taking my time to settle in,” Price continued.

“The MARC Cars Mazda is fantastic to drive and my confidence is building with each lap in the car. I was a little nervous but the whole team is really supportive, so I’m feeling a more and more comfortable as each session progresses.”

Price has had plenty of support in what was a late decision to compete in this weekend’s event and is looking forward to competing in the two 50-minute races to be held tomorrow.

“I’ve completely fallen in love with motorsport all over again, and am incredibly appreciative of the people in the background who have had the belief in me to encourage and assist me to get to the track this weekend – namely John Bowe and Bruce Williams,” Price said.

“Being the first female to compete in Australian GT is an honour I didn’t think I would be earning at this stage and I am just delighted to be competing again at such a high level.”

“I couldn’t be here without the support of my backers and I want to thank them all very much for having the faith in me.”

Price is supported by Exedra Motorsport, MOMO, Wilson Security, Monster Moves Australia Relocation and MARC Cars Australia.