Successful karter Lydia Walmsley will make her car racing debut in the highly competitive Junior Saloon Car Championship at Knockhill in three weeks’ time. Lydia is currently leading the points in the Junior Rotax category at Ellough Park and will be looking to transfer her impressive pace from karting into circuit racing. Walmsley will hope the experiences gained from competing in the final two rounds of this season will set her up perfectly for a full-season of Junior Saloon Car Championship racing in 2017.
Lydia will make her car racing debut next month with a wealth of karting experience behind her. Last year Walmsley was crowned Ellough Park Minimax Champion and has since been nominated for Karting Magazine’s Female Driver of the Year award. Moving up into the Junior Rotax class this year, Lydia has continued to excel as she currently sits at the top of the championship, showing excellent pace in a range of conditions. This versatility will serve her well as she moves up into one of the most fiercely contested junior series in the country.
The Junior Saloon Car Championship has grown in stature in recent years and is currently one of most attractive series for young drivers to begin their car racing careers. With large and competitive grids and a community feel within the paddock, The Junior Saloon Car Championship is the perfect choice for Lydia to further her career. This season has seen great success for female drivers in the series with Katie Milner leading the championship after a number of dominant meetings. Emily Glanvill is also the current Junior Saloon Car Championship Scholarship winner after impressing the judges at Silverstone at the beginning of the year. This will further increase Lydia’s confidence in succeeding in the series when she makes her debut at Knockhill.
With two rounds remaining in this season’s Junior Saloon Car Championship, Lydia will be aiming to gain valuable experience of car setup, in addition to racecraft, which she can take into next year. Walmsley will benefit from a couple of test session to familiarise herself with the car before she makes her debut at the challenging Knockhill circuit in Scotland. A new track to many of the drivers, Knockhill will aim to give the drivers a level playing field and enable Lydia to get up to speed quickly and enjoy a number of close battles. Strong race finishes will be the aim for Walmsley in the final two rounds of the season and she will be confident of translating her successes from karting into her debut car racing meeting.
Lydia would like to thank her sponsors M.G Walmsley & Son, A and D Motors and Heritage F1 – F1 Car Brokerage for their continued support.