Spec­tac­u­lar rac­ing sea­son for karter Kaite

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

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.

Pic: Terry Thorne

●● Kaite Crowther in ac­tion

●● Kaite came fifth out of al­most 50 driv­ers in a sea­son’s rac­ing

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