The inaugural GIRL Kart Grand Prix has proved to be a success, with Dare To Be Different founder Susie Wolff praising the enthusiasm of the teams of underprivileged girls that took part.
Dare To Be Different
Supported by Dare To Be Different – a new initiative working in conjunction with the Motor Sports Association (MSA) to inspire, connect and celebrate women in every aspect of motor sport – the GIRL Kart Grand Prix took place at Mudchute Farm, in the shadow of London’s Canary Wharf.
Organised by London Play, the event united 12 teams of girls aged between five and 16 from some of the capital’s most deprived communities. Each team was tasked with assembling a go-kart from scratch in just four hours using only a pile of wood, wheels, some metal bits and a few tools – and then racing their creations.
Following three heats and a final, Kartelle was declared the winning team, with all of its members earning themselves a trip to Buckmore Park karting circuit in Kent. Wolff was on-hand to wave the chequered flag and give out prizes, in addition to auctioning one of her Williams F1 racesuits on eBay for the cause.
“I was thrilled to be involved in the first GIRL Kart Grand Prix and to meet so many incredible girls all eager to expand their horizons and step out of their comfort zone,” Wolff commented. “It was a completely new challenge for the vast majority, and required them to draw upon their technical, practical and creative abilities.
“With the various elements demanding different skillsets, teamwork was paramount and some of the ingenuity on display was amazing. It was great to see the next generation of female motorsport talent – from drivers to mechanics, strategists and engineers – so enthusiastic and engaged.”