TEENAGE racer Charlotte Eyre is aiming for life in the fast lane.
The 17-year-old, of Broadhill, near Gnosall, is hoping to make the switch to touring cars after beginning a go-karting career at the age of just 13.
Charlotte, who is studying sports coaching at Stafford College and also plays in goal for Stafford Ladies hockey team, is hoping to be talent-spotted by a racing team that will give her a start on the British touring cars circuit.
“Go-karts are a recognised way into motor racing - it’s how Lewis Hamilton and most other Formula 1 drivers started,” explained Charlotte, who is currently competing in the national Elite Kart League.
“If they can do it, then maybe I can as well. There are scouts out at the circuits, and I’m really hoping to get myself noticed.”
Charlotte was introduced to motorsport by her father Nicholas, a keen fan of everything from Formula 1 to motorcycling.
“I was going to race meetings from the age of six or seven and I fell in love with motorsport straightaway,” she said.
“My dad never competed, but he had done some go-karting and he introduced me to it. I went to a local circuit just before my 13th birthday, started competing not long after, and got my own kart when I was 15.”
Charlotte now races for the Northampton Maidens women’s go-karting team and will be in action this Sunday May 11 at Leicester’s Stretton circuit.
“I had years when I was often the only female competing,” she said. “It is hard and you have to really prove that you are there to win, but it has been good experience.
“I have been around the sport all my life and I just love the thrill of it.”
Anyone interested in sponsoring Charlotte or offering her a trial drive in touring cars can contact her via Twitter: @CharlotteEyre18