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um and dad used to race, so I had it in my blood,” says Court­ney, who’s wanted to race since she was just five. She’s now one of our coun­try’s promis­ing new tal­ents, com­pet­ing against – and beat­ing many of – the older boys in For­mula Ford, a mo­tor­sport se­ries that de­vel­ops young driv­ers who are keen to progress to the For­mula One se­ries. “I’ve al­ways been the only girl in my [race] class so I don’t see much of a big dif­fer­ence,” she says. “At the end of the day we’re do­ing the same job.”

Who should try it: “You need 110 per cent fo­cus ev­ery time you go out in the car, es­pe­cially over a three- or four-day race, for safety rea­sons and for do­ing well. If you’re a bit out of it, or you look away or some­thing, you don’t know what’s go­ing to hap­pen as you’re trav­el­ling at re­ally high speeds.”

What you’ll learn: “The cars have no power-steer­ing, so they’re very heavy and the ped­als are hard to push, so we do a lot of train­ing – I go to the gym five times a week and have a per­sonal trainer. We do a lot of weights, mainly for my up­per body, and a bit of car­dio. Shoul­der, arm and core strength are key. You need to be strong ev­ery­where, even in your neck be­cause of the g-force.” How to get in­volved: “Go-karts are a re­ally good place to start whether you want to have a ca­reer or just do it for fun. There are lots of dif­fer­ent lev­els, and you race against peo­ple your own age. Get in there and have a go!” Visit kart­ing.net.au and for­mu­laford.org.au

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