In the second part of our guest columns, kart racer Sophie Gill joins the Overtake Motorsport team
Missed our other column? Here’s Nadine Lewis, National Chair of the British Motorsports Marshals Club on racing across the Irish Sea…
Hi my name is Sophie Gill, I’m 13 years old and a kart racer! I thought I’d introduce myself and tell you my story…
It all started when I was 4 years old and I got a quad bike. It was a dream come true. My only complaint was it wasn’t fast enough! When I was 8 years old I went to my local kart track to see if that would satisfy my need for speed. I immediately fell in love with it and managed to get the lap record at my track!
By the time I was 10, I got my own kart and decided I needed a new challenge, so I started competing in hire kart championships. I mainly kart for fun, however I’m in the process of getting an even faster kart which I will hopefully race!
Soon after I started karting I joined Susie Wolff’s Dare To Be Different (D2BD) – a community whose aim is to inspire girls to get into all the different aspects of motorsport. They host multiple community events which give women a chance to meet other like-minded women and they also offer chances to women and girls who want to get into motorsport.
Through D2BD, I was invited to visit Autosport’s offices for a taster so I could experience what it was like to write for a magazine and work in F1 journalism. I’ve always had a passion for writing and had an incredible day. I’ve since been back 3 times and have been shown how to write a good article, how the magazine works and much more. Using the skills I’d learnt from Autosport, I began interviewing racing drivers and posting them on my Facebook page, Sophie Gill Motorsport.
Thank you for reading this – I hope you enjoyed the article!
With love, Sophie X