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Age: 45 1/4
From: Charfield, South Gloucestershire
Started karting: Aged 43, 2013
First Race: My first race was the Turkey Trot at Clay Pigeon Raceway. I joined the grid as the only woman driver. I remember being so nervous I didn’t sleep the night before! I remained the only female on the grid for every race but this never put me off. Yes, I felt intimidated at times but only as a less experienced and less accomplished driver, not because of being a woman! My fellow drivers always made me feel welcome and gave me constant encouragement to keep at it! I’ve had a few accidents but all I wanted to do is get back in the kart and on with the race! I currently race in Senior TKM.
Won any races? It was never about winning for me! Racing against extremely talented drivers including Super One boys, together with starting racing at the ripe old age of 43 meant I never expected to be at the front. It was more about personal improvement and achievement and a sense of competing in a sport most Mums wouldn’t dream of doing! It’s a very physical sport, so you have to be fit. I spend most of my spare time in the gym, running, swimming & cycling just to stay race fit. My Son Cole had been racing Junior TKM for a year when I started racing. I loved being part of the racing community but making the tea wasn’t quite enough for me so I took my ARKS and started racing, simple as that! My only regret is not starting earlier. It’s a fantastic sport to be part of and I would have loved the opportunity as a kid. Cole only allowed me the bottom shelf of his trophy cabinet and I have managed to put a few in it! Best Rookie of the Year 2013 being one of them and I was very proud to receive it.
Any plans for the future? My plans for 2015 are to focus on Cole’s racing. He is changing to Junior Rotax this year so we have a lot to learn. I hope to still be jumping into a kart when I can for many years to come but I think it may be back to tea making for a while!