The Go Girls academy kicked off in April this year in Watergrasshill, Co. Cork, with three drivers taking part in their first ever competitive kart race. Since then the Go Girls Academy has introduced six more drivers to the newly established Tillotson T4 competition class.
The Go Girls academy is the second phase of the Go Girls 'pathway to participation' program which ensures the most talented and most motivated students remain in the sport.
Academy drivers are introduced to the Tillotson T4 competition kart for the first time to complete driver training and to develop their skills behind the wheel to prepare them for racing. Drivers and mechanics are also introduced to karting basics and kart dynamics to better understand the engineering and operation of these performance karts.
The Tillotson T4 championship offers an accessible and an affordable entry to competitive karting for beginners and novices, while boasting large grids and competitive racing.
The jump from rental karts to any form of competitive karting can be quite daunting which makes it even more impressive to see these girls taking on the challenge of putting themselves forward to compete against drivers with with a lot more experience.
Academy members so far are enjoying this challenge and recognising it as a very unique experience.
" I am really looking forward to the race, I know the kart is much faster than the rental karts and that people have much more experience but I am getting more and more comfortable each time I go out and that gives me confidence. This is an incredible opportunity and something I would never have had without the Go Girls program"
The next Academy race takes place on the 17th July in Kiltorcan Raceway where two more academy drivers will take to the wheel for their first competitive race in the Motorsport Ireland Tillotson T4 Championship.