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Girl Racer: Molly Hart

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Age: 17
From: Aldenham, Hertfordshire
Started Karting: Age 14, 2011
When was your first race: My first race was during the winter championship in 2011.
What series do you currently race in: Senior Rotax
Have you won any races: Won many in corporate but none yet in Rotax.

My twin sister started racing in corporate karts and I‘d go to watch her each weekend, then I decided to have a go. At Brentwood Karting they run an academy, they have Cadets, Junior and Senior races and they meet each Sunday to compete. After 12 weeks the champion is announced but they then also have a special fun day called the All Star Cup, which allows every level of karter to compete against each other. I decided to take 1-2-1 lessons at Brentwood and got accepted into the academy. I found it a great grounding for learning karting. We raced in all weathers and we were always very competitive. I won the championship at Brentwood after racing there for about 9 months.

I then considered Club100 as many of my friends entered that, I then decided to go to Rye House and look at that track and also enter two endurances, one which was a women’s only event and the other a big group. Luckily my teams won both. That is when I met the race director of Rye House Steve Cutting, he introduced me to the Pro-Kart endurance championship and asked me if I would be interested, but when looking round his kart teams workshop I saw a Kosmic Rotax kart, this is when I decided that is what I want to drive. I began in Rotax in February 2013 in Steve’s team, Cutting Edge Racing. I had to jump straight into Junior Rotax due to my age. I’ve yet to win but have managed a good amount of podiums at Rye House and one at Kimbolton in 2013. MOLLY HART If you want to be featured here, contact ben@kartingmagazine.com At first I found it quite a shock to jump into Junior Rotax considering lots of the competition on the grids have done it since Cadets (age 8). This quickly showed me that I have got limited experience and lots to learn. Unfortunately because if my age I have had to move up into senior Rotax now, I had hoped for a second year in Junior Rotax so that I could gain a bit more experience. Even though I thought this would be best, I have recently had my first weekend in Senior Rotax and managed a 6th overall which we were all pleased with.

I have always loved cars and always watched F1, but never really did think about getting into a kart. If I had to start over, the one thing I would do would be to start at the earliest stage possible. I would love to have started at an incredibly young age and have so much experience when reaching the age I am now. That said, I’m extremely happy with the results I’ve had last year; my first year in Rotax. I am also very happy with the start of this year in Senior Rotax. I am extremely lucky and happy to have the people round me who help me improve so quickly, those being my parents, and the mechanics of CER. It’s hard work to get everything working as well as possible, and to make sure you are well prepared for all weather conditions.It’s a lot of fun and I try to not take it too seriously otherwise the fun side will fade, but saying that I’m also desperate for a career in motorsport. That’ll be tough to manage without sponsors but I need to stay positive!.