Right on track for top future
Holly’s taking on big boys in pursuit of racing dream
SHE may not be old enough to even hold a learner licence yet, but Holly Espray is already dreaming of a career in motorsports.
“Right now the goal is to get into V8 Supercars but
my ultimate dream would be to race in the Formula 1,” Holly said.
The Buderim youngster is on the right track to achieve her dreams, having just started her second season in the Keema Excel Cup, a Queensland circuit racing competition.
At just 15 years old, Holly has the racing skills and experience of people twice her age and is the youngest person in the competition and also the only female.
The determined racer has not let that stop her from taking it to the “big boys”, placing 12th in her debut season last year.
It was a strong showing from Holly who was competing against 60 other drivers, all with far more experience.
“There was only one other person close to my age, who was about 19 or 20, and the rest were all real drivers who were over 30,” she said.
“So for my first time I was pretty stoked to have such a good placing.”
It’s by no means a matter of luck that the teenager performed so well, she has been racing go-karts since she was eight.
“My dad used to race cars and when I was younger he bought some cheap go-karts and I had a go and was pretty good at it,” she said.
“Eventually I wanted to start racing so dad took me to join in a competition and I’ve been racing ever since.
“I didn’t get into cars until I was 14, but once I did I just really enjoyed it.
“I love the adrenalin rush when your going fast and the other cars come really close to you, there’s nothing better.”
Holly said when people find out she races cars they often make comments about it making her a dangerous driver, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
“I mean, I’ve been racing go-karts since I was eight so that really means I’ve been learning how to drive for seven years,” she said.
“And if I can handle a car at high speeds safely I think that would make me a safer driver when I’m on the roads doing the speed limit.
“You learn early on in motor racing that you only do these speeds on a race track and that is something the whole racing community really embraces.”
While she loves driving on tracks, like most people her age, she is counting down the days till she can get out on the regular roads.
“A little over six months till I can go for my learners and I can’t wait,” she said.
To keep up with Holly’s racing adventures, visit facebook.com/holly esprayracing.
I love the adrenalin rush when your going fast and the other cars come really close to you, there’s nothing better. — Holly Espray
TALENTED: Holly Espray spends much of her time making adjustments to her car to get it race ready.