British karter Gabrielle Weyer has been selected as one of 11 drivers to take part in a karting ‘shootout’, the winner of which will receive a fully-funded drive in this year’s CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy, a world championship for 13- to 15-year-old karters.
Weyer’s selection follows her nomination by the Motor Sports Association (MSA), which was asked to put a female karter forward for the FIA Women and Motor Sport-backed competition.
On 1-2 June at Friuli Venezia, Italy, Gaby will go head-to-head with 10 other international karters in a selection process incorporating a mix of theoretical, presentation and driving activities. The driver deemed to have demonstrated the greatest potential will receive a free entry to the Karting Academy Trophy, which takes place over three rounds: Braga, Portugal (8 July); Angerville, France (26 August); and Bahrain (10 November).
The finalists are:
Torey Blanch (Australia) Melissa Calvi (Luxembourg) Nicole Coffey (Ireland) Jeanne Fantini (Madagascar) Olivia Natalie Kuhne (Portugal) Adeline Prudent (France) Carrie Schreiner (Germany) Lina Von Schedvin (Sweden) Gabrielle Alice Weyer (Great Britain) Kamilla Willum (Denmark) Gabriella Yu Ting Teo (Singapore)Weyer, aged 13 from Frettenham in Norfolk, began competing in local kart events in 2009. The following year she took part in Formula Kart Stars and the WTP Cadet Championship, becoming the first female karter to be seeded in her first full year of racing. Last year Gaby became the first female winner of the prestigious Kartmasters GP, and this year she is contesting the MSA British Junior Kart Championship alongside selected European outings.
Weyer said: “I feel privileged to have been chosen by the MSA to represent the UK when there are so many other good female competitors in this country. This is the opportunity of a lifetime and I want to repay the faith that the MSA has put in me by going out there and proving that I am the best female karter in this age category in the world.”