Girl racer is speeding to victory

Kart racer Nicole Firth from Badsworth Pontefract

Kart racer Nicole Firth from Badsworth Pontefract

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GIRL racer Nicole Firth is hoping it will be third time lucky as she gears up for another crack at championship glory.

The 16-year-old from Badsworth is hoping to race to victory as she tackles the first of eight competitive races in her bid for world championship status.

The teenage EasyKart driver – who first took the wheel at the age of 12 – will race in the junior series in two weeks’ time in her third attempt to reach the final, which will be held in Italy.

Nicole, a student at Carleton Community High School, said: “I love the thrill of it all and also the competition.

“Racing is great and I can prove I can do it. But I think the sport would be better if there was more interest in it from girls, it shouldn’t be just for boys.”

Her father, Peter Firth, added: “Nicole has shown tremendous development. Most notable is her decisive overtaking moves which are often right at the limit, but never reckless.”

The youngster – who routinely zips around the track at speeds of 60mph – is now appealing for sponsorship to help kit her out with better equipment and catch the eye of talent scouts.

Nicole, of Highfarm Meadow, said: “It’s sponsorship I’m lacking.It would be great if we could get a local business involved or someone who’s interested in it, so there’s something in it for them as well.”

E-mail peterjfirth@btinternet.com to sponsor Nicole.