[Betty Klimenko, who owns Erebus Motorsport, holding the Peter Brock Trophy with her drivers David Reynolds (left) and Luke Youlden at the Bathurst 1000.]
Betty Klimenko, the daughter of Westfield co-founder John Saunders, became the first Jew to win Australia’s most famous car race, the Bathurst 1000 on Sunday.
“It’s very surreal. Now we’ve won the Bathurst 12-hour race and the Bathurst 1000, and we’re going to do it again.” Klimenko, who is the sole owner of Erebus Motorsport, told The AJN after winning the race.
The win was emotional for Klimenko, who grew up watching motorsport on the couch with her dad.
“It is 20 years since my father passed away and I did it for him,” Klimenko said while holding the Peter Brock Trophy.
Co-drivers David Reynolds and Luke Youlden delivered the famous Bathurst 1000 title to Klimenko with outstanding drives on Sunday. defeating a star-studded field.
“It was a fairytale weekend.”
But it wasn’t the first fairytale in her life.
Klimenko was put in an orphanage at the age of seven weeks and faced a difficult life, until she was adopted by Saunders and his first wife Eta.
She was brought up in one of the wealthiest families in Australia and inherited a multi-million dollar fortune when her father passed away in 1997.
To read this story in full, go to the Australian Jewish News website: https://www.jewishnews.net.au/first-jew-win-bathurst-1000/69757