The Motor Sports Association (MSA) has nominated Hannah Pym as the UK’s representative in a competition backed by the FIA’s Women and Motor Sport Commission that will result in one female karter earning a fully-funded drive in this year’s CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy.
The MSA was asked to put forward a female karter aged 13-15 for the initiative. The top 10 nominated drivers will take part in a shootout in Geneva on 26-27 April, which will comprise both on- and off-track activities. The driver adjudged to have demonstrated the greatest potential will receive a free entry to the Karting Academy Trophy, along with a free kart and overalls.
Pym, aged 14 from Staines, began competing in 2005 in cadet karts. In 2009 she secured five podium finishes and one pole position en route to second place overall in the Little Green Man championship and also finished second in the prestigious Kartmasters Grand Prix, which attracts competitors from across Europe. Last year she was the only UK karter to contest GPO, the French National Championship, in the KF3 class and ranked 20th out of 45 competitors despite missing a round due to a damaged kart.
Pym said: “When I was told that I had been chosen to represent the UK I was at first a bit disbelieving. I feel incredibly proud to be picked and I have already started to make sure that I am ready by increasing my fitness training straight away. I will make sure that I represent my country to the best of my ability and I believe I have every chance of getting that place.”
MSA Women in Motorsport Group Chairman, Sue Sanders, said: “Hannah is an experienced, well-rounded and mature young karter with a strong CV, and I am sure that she will represent the UK with distinction. I would also like to pay tribute to Gaby Weyer and Alana Taylor who missed out on this nomination; they are two promising talents with bright futures ahead of them.”
Release MSA11-037: 4 March 2011
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