Karter be­comes first fe­male Jedi racer for half a decade this year

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - By Rob Lad­brook

Kart­ing grad­u­ate Bry­ony King will be­come the first fe­male driver to con­test the For­mula Jedi Cham­pi­onship in five years af­ter seal­ing a move to sin­gle-seaters.

King, 17 from Ely in Cam­bridgeshire, will con­test the full cham­pi­onship in a fac­tory-run car.

King has a suc­cess­ful back­ground in kart­ing, hav­ing won Trent Val­ley Kart Club and Hunts Kart Club races. She also fin­ished sev­enth in last year’s For­mula Kart Stars points. King is a for­mer mem­ber of the Ar­den Young Driver Academy scheme and a cur­rent MSA Academy mem­ber. She is also men­tored by ex-f1 driver Susie Wolff.

King had planned to move into MSA For­mula this year and tested cars with two teams be­fore set­tling on a learn­ing sea­son in For­mula Jedi.

“We met [reign­ing Jedi cham­pion] Ben Hin­ge­ley dur­ing the time at Ar­den and he sug­gested Jedis to us as he did his learn­ing sea­son last year and won the cham­pi­onship,” said King’s father Alan.

“It’s a great move as the cars are faster on the straights than the MSA For­mula car and have a good mix­ture of me­chan­i­cal grip and aero­dy­nam­ics. Bry­ony has tested a few times now.

“The car is much more phys­i­cal than a kart and places a lot of ex­tra stress on the neck and up­per body due to the higher forces and speeds so she’s had to do ad­di­tional train­ing. Bry­ony is also quite pe­tite, so we’ve had to play around with the car set-up to get her com­fort­able, but the lap times have been en­cour­ag­ing. She wants to be at the sharp end and fight­ing for podi­ums.”

The last fe­male driver to com­pete reg­u­larly in For­mula Jedi was Vicky Dyson, who had a part-sea­son in 2011.

For­mula Jedi founder Frazer Cor­byn added: “Some peo­ple see For­mula Jedis as ag­gres­sive cars due to their light weight and speed, but they have great me­chan­i­cal grip, which makes them ideal learn­ing cars as they’re very sta­ble.”

King has kart­ing wins King has tested Jedi

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