Girl racer is speeding to victory

Kart racer Nicole Firth from Badsworth Pontefract
Kart racer Nicole Firth from Badsworth Pontefract

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.