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Having only started karting at the end of January 2016, I managed to fly through the ranks achieving numerous podiums, lap records and a Championship all within my first year.
I’m extremely proud to have been scouted by Arden Motorsport and signed to their Young Racing Driver Academy (YRDA). “Being scouted by Arden is something I never expected. I’m overwhelmed by their commitment and I’m working very hard to repay their confidence in me by performing to the best of my ability. The simulator training and physical training I’m doing now, in readiness for racing cars this year, is very demanding, but their help and support is getting me fitter than I’ve ever been. I can’t wait to race the Ginetta Junior car this year.” I made my car racing debut at Rockingham Motor Speedway in August 2017 as part of the prestigious Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship, supporting the British Touring Car Championship. I also competed at Silverstone and then the season finale at Brands Hatch GP. My best result was 11th place which I’m very happy with but it’s my race pace and aggression on track that have really improved.
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Lydia first got the bug for motorsport when she jumped into a kart at Buckmore Park at seven years of age. From that day forward, she took to karting like a duck to water and began racing at local track Anglia Indoor kart centre in 2011. In her first year of karting, she was runner up on the Corporate Cadet points championship being beaten by only one point.
The following year, she progressed on to Ellough Park Raceway in Beccles in 2012. The year started well where she was achieving good results including winning novice trophies when tragedy struck. She was involved in an accident which resulted in a broken leg, both tibia and fibia. However, only a few short months later, she was back racing - placing on the podium at the Cadet Championships and was proud to be awarded with the Young Driver of the Year award at the EPKC Presentation evening.
Moving forward in time, 2015 and 2016 had been her most successful years to date. During 2015, Lydia competed in Minimax championships around the UK and was proudly crowned Ellough Park Kart Club's champion. Towards the end of the year, she was pleased to be a finalist in the UK Karting Magazine's Female Driver of the Year Award.
Lydia went on to become Junior Rotax Champion at Ellough Park (winning by 283 points) which made her back-to-back champion there. Her success throughout 2016 was recognised by her local radio station, Town 102, which led to her being awarded with 'Sports star of the Year' at their Local Hero Awards that April.
2017 provided Lydia with a new and exciting challenge. She competed in the Junior Saloon Car Championship which entailed travelling across the UK racing at national tracks such as Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Snetterton. It was an exciting year for Lydia as she experienced great highs such as finishing 4th in the first race of the season at Silverstone and being awarded with Driver of the Meeting at Knockhill. However, it was a pretty eventful season too after a scary roll, and two huge trips to the tyre wall.
The following year, Lydia made the step up to senior racing in the Mini Challenge UK Cooper Pro championship. Being the youngest on the grid, it was a huge step but one that Lydia and her team tackled well. This has put them in good stead for the 2019 season as she looks to compete in her second year of the championship.
Lydia's aspirations are high in this male dominated sport. She is extremely motivated and is ambitious to blaze the trail in female racing.
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