Spectacular racing season for karter Kaite
AKART racer is in the running to be named Female Driver of the Year.
Kaite Crowther, 28, from Macclesfield, goes up and down the country racing 100cc karts – the same engines Lewis Hamilton started out on.
She has been ranked fifth out of almost 50 drivers in the Senior Formula Blue class run by the National Kart Racing Association, despite having her kart stolen a week before the racing season began. She now proudly displays the number five on the front of her kart, which represents her final position.
Kaite is hoping to finish off a nail-biting year by being crowned Karting Magazine’s Female Driver of the Year, and has so far received 1,800 votes in her favour.
But she will have to wait until December 16, when all the votes have been tallied up, to find out if she has won the accolade.
Kaite, who lives on St George’s Street with husband Marc, also 28, said: “It was a dramatic start to the year because all our equipment was stolen a week before the first race.
“We managed to borrow a kart for the first five races which gave us the time to buy a new kart, but at one stage we didn’t think we would be able to race.”
She added: “It would be great to win because we had a bad start. I think it would be a nice nod to my dad too, he is our mechanic and supports us.
“It costs so much money and it’s really hard work so it would be great to top it off with this.”
Kart racing is a family affair for Kaite, who joined the racing circuit with her brother and fel- low racer Matthew Helps, 21, and dad Adrian Helps, who is the team mechanic.
Kaite, who works as a marketing officer for Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, said: “I love everything about racing.
“They go ridiculously fast, so it’s a real adrenaline thrill, but it’s also about the problem solving, how you are going to get past someone who is going the same speed as you.
“I also love the camaraderie of it all, you dedicate 15 weekends a year to it so we see a lot of each other. While we are all competing we all get on and help each other out.”
Kaite will have to wait another year before she is given the chance to compete for Female Driver of the Year as next season it will be brother Matthew’s turn to take to the circuit with the family kart.
●● Kaite Crowther in action
●● Kaite came fifth out of almost 50 drivers in a season’s racing