KING TO MAKE MOVE INTO FORMULA JEDI
Karter becomes first female Jedi racer for half a decade this year
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.”