Girl Racer – Alyx Coby

Age: 10
From: Dublin, Ireland. Started karting: 2013 (Aged 8)

When was your first race: February 2013, Whiteriver Park, Ireland

What series you currently race in: Cadet, Motorsport Ireland Karting Championship

Have you won any races: Two novice races in my first season and a heat in my second season. I became the first girl ever to win a Cadet final in Ireland last month and have won three of the eight championship finals so far this year.

How did you get into it: I wanted to race since I was very little. My dad, Gary, and my uncle Aaron both raced karts and run our race team, Coby Motorsport, with my Grandad. After spending most my time growing up in the karting world I was bound to end up racing! My dad inspires me to want to be just as good as he was. At my first race there were a lot of boys and only two girls, myself and another girl called Laura. The boys didn’t intimidate me because most of my friends are boys and I wouldn’t let them keep me from doing something I love.

What I enjoy most is how close my dad and I are, and all the time we spend together. And, of course, the winning! But a big part of that is proving to myself and the karting world that girls can be just as good as the boys, and I think so far I’m giving it a good bash. When things just don’t go right on the track, well those days are the worst days but I try to learn from them as much as possible. Karting is fast becoming all I think about and I live for the next race. I’ve learned so much in the few years, but I know that I have so much still to learn. As
my dad keeps telling me, there is always room to improve, and always a tenth of second to be found somewhere. He mentions this a lot!!!

The first time I won a National Championship final in Cork was one of the best days of my life. To know all my hard work and tears paid off. It’s so hard to describe the feeling. I had come second in the two heats, and then to win both the finals was proof to me that I could do this. It gave me so much confidence and drove me to win again in the next National round. I’m currently sitting in 2nd place in the Motorsport Ireland National Championship, 5 points off the leader. I know that it is going to take a lot of hard work to win the Championship this year but I’m really looking forward to the challenge.

What are you plans for 2015? This will be my final year in Cadets before hopefully moving up to Minimax next year so I would really love to go out on a high by winning the Championship, but I also hope to learn and develop my skills to make me a better racing driver.

Where do you hope to see yourself in karting world in 5 years time?
I hope to be the best female kart racer in Ireland, and after that who knows. I know this is something that is always going to be a huge part of my life and I just want to race forever!