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Hannah Pym selected for Geneva karting shootout

The CIK-FIA has selected Briton Hannah Pym as one of 10 drivers to take part later this month in a karting ‘shootout’ in Geneva, the winner of which will receive a fully-funded drive in this year’s CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy.

Pym was nominated by the Motor Sports Association (MSA) for selection for the FIA Women and Motor Sport Commission-backed competition. On 26-27 April she will go head-to-head with nine other international drivers for the prize drive. The finalists are:

  • Bianca Cristina Anton, 14 (Romania)
  • Lubov Andreyeva, 15 (Kazakhstan)
  • June Mali Jahnsdatter Blad, 13 (Norway)
  • Melissa Calvi, 14 (Luxembourg)
  • Savannah Megan Courtenay, 13 (Spain)
  • Lucile Cypriano, 15 (France)
  • Idil Gökmen, 13 (Turkey)
  • Kim Oomen, 14 (Netherlands)
  • Hannah Pym, 14 (UK)
  • Caitlin Wood, 14 (Australia)

The selection process will incorporate a combination of theory, presentation and driving activities. The karter deemed to have demonstrated the greatest potential will receive a free entry to the 2011 CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy – an international championship for 13 to 15-year-olds that takes place over three rounds in Italy (Ortona, 10 July), France (Essay, 28 August) and Bahrain (5 November).

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: "I was away in Paris on my French Exchange with my school when I was told that I’d been put through to the shootout, and it took me a minute to digest this massively exciting news. To represent my country, doing the sport I love is an unbelievable opportunity.  I have been continuing hard with my training, so I feel physically fit and I have been mentally preparing too. I will put everything I have learnt in my six years of karting into showing my driving ability. Wish me luck everybody - I promise I will give it everything!"

Release MSA11-042: 6 April 2011