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Date of birth: 1st February 1966
Younger sister
Trace Lee? Any relation to Kart racer Stephanie O'Rourke.
Hometown: Salisbury, Wiltshire, England
Family: Husband Grant, Son Josh
Started drag racing: 1993
Occupation: Management Consultant
Hobbies: Trying to keep fit!
I got started in racing when... Grant and I lived in Sydney, we visited Eastern Creek Raceway. After a dozen visits we decided to buy a HK Premier with 450 Chev and enter it in Super Street
The toughest thing about drag racing is.. The difference between a 'high' and 'low'
The best race car I ever had: 518 Hemi Supercharged HK 68 Holden Monaro
My best win: Every one of them
My toughest loss: The 2003 Winternationals when I opted not to race because of track conditions
Lifelong hero: Madonna because she has reinvented herself so many times
Personal car: 2004 Toyota Camry Sportivo
Best time of my life: When I first arrived in Australia, 91-93
Advice to young racers: Follow your heart; reach out for what you want
Future racing goals: To be consistent
PB quarter mile ET: 6.62sec.
PB speed: 350km/h (218mph)
Debbie is also a valued volunteer instructor at the AWMN Girl's Torque Drag Racing Training Days


Debbie O'Rourke has followed much the same path as husband Grant into drag racing, she has been a partner in every race car the team has had and driven them all as well.

Debbie shot to prominence in the late nineties when she drove the supercharged Torana to six second, 200mph+ shots. She became Australia's quickest and fastest female sedan driver, and the world's quickest in a small block sedan.

Debbie took a short break in her racing before resuming in a supercharged HK Monaro AA/AP-classed car, nearly identical to Grant's Top Doorslammer. Reaching a quickest ET of 6.62 seconds, Debbie was a definite force in the Top Comp bracket at Perth Motorplex and in Queensland's Supercharged Outlaws.

In late 2003, Debbie experienced a spectacular crash at the Willowbank track, which put her out for the rest of the season as the team pooled resources to get Grant's Top Doorslammer on track for the rest of the series. It is actually her chassis that is now in Grant's car!

Debbie will resume racing at the Quit Motorplex in Perth in the Supercharged Outlaws bracket.

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