'I don't get nervous': Paxton's crash won't stop her wins
PEOPLE loosely spout the phrase 'blood, sweat and tears' when referring to the makings of success, but that's exactly what Vikki Paxton has gone through.
With around 30 years in the motor racing industry, Vikki has cleared obstacles that you won't believe.
Racing the open wheelers formula fords years ago, Vikki said she was taken out mid-race, and had broken her back in the crash.
Vikki said she was told she wouldn't walk again... But that didn't stop her from trying.
During the long process of rehabilitation, spanning over 15 years, she was able to move her legs, improve her balance, and walk with a stick.
"Every time I progressed, the doctors said that would be as good as I would get, but I kept trying. After seeing improvements, I thought being able to jump in the car again would be my goal,” she said.
"I eventually got stronger and could go to the gym.”
When thinking about re-entering the field, Vikki moved to a formula 3 car, because it was a much safer car to compete in.
"It took a few years to get used to it because I was very tentative in the car for a year, then we had a lot of issues with setting the car up with modifications, but as time went on, it got better and better,” she said.
"I still have a lot of issues, and my husband had to build the car around some of my problems, but I go to the gym six days a week and have regained my confidence.”
Vikki said the most important thing about racing is the mindset.
"I don't get nervous. If you're scared when you get into the car, then get out of it,” she said.
"It's understandable to be a bit intimidated, but very quickly you'll come to work out what you want to do, and the risks involved, and you'll learn how to handle them.
"It's a mind sport. You need to think you're the best, and that's how you get results.”
As a dual Australian Supersprint champion, Vikki is becoming one of the best female racers in the game, and she said it's all thanks to both mechanical and physical improvements.
"We are continually getting new ideas and improving the car with them, and as the car gets better, I need to step up further and further,” she said.
"I hope that we'll go quicker this year, and we'll be out there giving it a good shot. I'm also noticing that there are so many girls coming up the ranks now too, and that's great to see.”
You can see Vikki running her course at the Wondai Street Sprints, on April 14.