Right on track for top fu­ture

Holly’s tak­ing on big boys in pur­suit of rac­ing dream

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE - Danielle Ford Danielle.Ford@sc­news.com.au

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

PHOTO: PA­TRICK WOODS

TAL­ENTED: Holly Espray spends much of her time mak­ing ad­just­ments to her car to get it race ready.

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