New South Wales teenager, Torey Blanch, has been nominated to take part in a shootout for a place on the grid in the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy.
The nomination was made by the Women of Australian Motor Sport (WAMS) in consultation with the Australian Karting Association (AKA).
The 15 year-old from Bulahdelah, New South Wales, will be evaluated by the FIA Women in Motor Sport Committee to decide on the top six candidates from around the world to take part in a qualifying program that will take place at Friuli, Venezia in Italy on 2nd June.
The successful driver from this qualification process will be given the opportunity to contest the 2012 CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy where more than 50 of the top young drivers aged between 13 and 15 years will be competing.
Torey aims to follow in the footsteps of Caitlin Wood who was nominated for the same program in 2011. Wood, also from NSW, was selected for the qualifying session and impressed the judges by qualifying third overall.
Torey has been karting since the age of ten and has amassed a number of impressive results, including winning the 2012 Ladies National Championship for the Junior National Heavy Class in Lithgow.
“It would have a very big impact on my career, just being able to go overseas and driving,” said Torey.
“It would be a whole new level of experience - getting to learn new tracks, and driving with some of the best from around the world.
“To have my name put up for something like that, out of all the young girls racing in Australia, is really exciting.”
The nomination is part of WAMS’s ongoing commitment to furthering the careers of female racers.
Head of the nomination committee, Leanne Tander was hopeful that Torey would make it through to the qualification stage to represent Australia.
“This would be the chance of a lifetime for Torey and we are confident she will follow the trail blazed by Caitlin last year,” said Mrs Tander.
“She was a standout candidate for us to put forward to the FIA, and I believe that if she is given the opportunity she will represent Australian motor sport very well.”
Craig Denton, Australian Karting Association National President, believes programs such as this represent an opportunity to showcase the abilities of Australia’s karters.
“We have one of the healthiest karting scenes in the world,” said Mr Denton.
“To have an opportunity to pit our young racers against others from across the globe is an excellent way of demonstrating this.
“Having that exposure on an international level would certainly be a great learning experience for Torey – she has shown that she is a very talented racer, and I believe she would make the most out of this opportunity to develop her skills as a driver.”