KARTING: Kerstin’s remarkable rise

Meteoric rise: Kerstin Lankey
Meteoric rise: Kerstin Lankey
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KERSTIN Lankey is breaking the mould on the Motorsport Association Karting scene.

The 16-year-old Spalding High School pupil shrugged off the challenge from an all-male field to secure second place at the Winter Series Junior Rotax Championship.

Racing for Spalding-based Aspire Motorsport, Lankey secured two second places, a pair of third places and two fourth places en route to taking a proud place on the overall podium.

Her racing during the 2010 season focused on her favoured Wombwell track (South Yorkshire Kart Club).

Throughout the season Lankey got quicker and quicker as she grew in experience – eventually making the step up to a faster Junior Rotax class by the end of last year.

Having only started racing in the ‘Mini Max’ class back in October 2009, Lankey’s rise to success is remarkable.

Her dad Rob Lankey said: “It was an incredibly proud moment seeing Kerstin collect her second place trophy. She worked so hard to compete against the lads who have many years’ more experience.”

Her 125cc kart can reach speeds of over 70 mph and accelerates from 0-60mph like a super car.

This year, Lankey will compete in the Northern Kart Championship (NKF) which comprises six races over the course of the year at circuits in the north of England.

Aldermore Bank plc, who provided the teenager with sponsorship last season, will again be backing the exciting racer, while Ancaster Kart Racing in Grantham allow her free track time for practice.

Her next outing will pit the starlet against a number of commercial finance brokers from Aldermore at Ancaster.

I’d bank on a Lankey win.

• Visit Kerstin’s website www.klracing.co.uk for more on her promising career.