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The Women of Australian Motor Sport (WAMS) group is looking for an Australian female kart racer, born between 1997 and 1999, to nominate for a position in the CIK-FIA Karting Academy qualifying session in Italy in June. The thing is, applications close this Monday, April 30.

The CIK-FIA Karting Academy qualifying session will take place at Friuli, Veneziain Italy, on June 2. The FIA Women in Motor Sport committee will choose the best six applicants from around the world to take part in the session. First place in the session will win a seat in the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy.

In 2011, WAMS nominated Caitlin Wood from NSW, who impressed the judges by qualifying with the third fastest time behind Lucile Cypriano (eventual winner) from France and Kim Oomen from the Netherlands.

WAMS has set up a committee, headed by one of Australia’s most successful female drivers, Leanne Tander, to nominate one Australian candidate for  this opportunity. Young female karters born between 1997 and 1999 have until the end of April to submit their applications.

“This is the chance of a lifetime for a young racer,” said Leanne Tander.

“The chance to get involved in any kind of international racing is a huge opportunity – especially at such a young age. Last year we had Caitlin Wood chosen to compete in the qualifying session, and she represented Australia really well.

“Speaking with Caitlin, she believes the experience really helped her – both in terms of learning the practical side of racing, and managing the other aspects of her career, like interacting with media, sponsors, etc.”

Applications should be sent to Leanne Tander via email – leanne@tandersport.com - by 5pm (AEST), Monday 30th April, and must include the applicants name, date of birth, a detailed history of their karting career and contact phone number. 

This is an exciting time to be a female in Australian motor sport with CAMS, the FIA and Women of Australian Motor Sport offering a number of exciting opportunities.

Among these are the CAMS Women’s Driver Development Program, which kicks off at the AIS in June, and the WAMS Junior Development scholarship, which is open for applicants until May 30th.

For more information on these programs and Women of Australian Motor Sport in general, visit the WAMS website www.wams.org.au.


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