Tif­fany im­presses on her de­but as she eyes the ti­tle

The Witness - Wheels - - RACING -

BRI­TISH In­ter­na­tional School Grade 8 pupil Tif­fany Napier caused quite a sen­sa­tion in her de­but year in kart­ing, but as far as she is con­cerned, this is only the be­gin­ning.

The lat­est in a grow­ing line of South African girl power karters, Rood­e­poort lass Tif­fany raced her first full sea­son this year in the ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive Junior Max Class, fol­low­ing lim­ited ex­pe­ri­ence as she only learnt the ropes in the pre­vi­ous year.

“I am proud to have al­ready proven what a young wo­man with­out any pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence can ac­com­plish,” Tif­fany said.

“I have the pas­sion and the ded­i­ca­tion, I work hard and I am grow­ing in my driv­ing abil­ity every day.

“I also have very sup­port­ive par­ents and an ex­cel­lent team around me, which is a huge plus, so we are so ex­cited about next year.”

Tif­fany im­pressed in her rookie kart­ing year, end­ing up a stun­ning third over­all in the North­ern Re­gions Gaut­eng cham­pi­onship, eighth in the African Open and 11th over­all in the Na­tional Junior Max Se­ries.

Now she in­tends fol­low­ing in her brother, for­mer SA Junior Max cham­pion Richie Napier’s foot­steps, as she goes af­ter the 2017 SA Junior Max crown. “There has only been one fe­male South African cham­pion so far,” Tif­fany said. “I in­tend to make that at least two.”

She will con­tinue with Neil Basilio Rac­ing in 2017, aboard a BirelArt chas­sis run un­der the guid­ance of Neil and Cor­rie Lieben­berg, with mul­ti­ple SA Kart­ing cham­pion, team­mate Bradley Lieben­berg, as a men­tor.

PHOTO: MO­TOR­SPORT ME­DIA

Tif­fany Napier.

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