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A for­mer pupil at Babing­ton House School in Chislehurst has taken a step to­wards win­ning a seat as a For­mula One rac­ing driver. Esmee Hawkey, 20, has been se­lected as one of five Bri­tish women to com­pete in a tele­vised shoot-out to land a place in the in­au­gu­ral all-fe­male mo­tor rac­ing cham­pi­onship W Se­ries.

The W Se­ries car­ries a prize fund of £1.15m and is likely to lead to the first fe­male For­mula One rac­ing driver.

Esmee, de­scribed by the school as a ‘shy and quiet’ girl when she ar­rived, has shown a steely de­ter­mi­na­tion and com­pet­i­tive spreak through her sport­ing ca­reer. She pro­gressed from a young kart­ing star to be­come a ju­nior driver with Ginetta.

In 2016 she moved on to GT rac­ing, driv­ing a Porsche Cay­man GT4, and had mul­ti­ple wins and fastest laps, as well as win­ning the Brighton Speed Trial for Porsche GB and be­ing cho­sen as a fi­nal­ist in the Porsche GB Ju­nior shootout.

Fol­low­ing the path of the Porsche Mo­tor­sport Pyra­mid, Esmee now com­petes in the Porsche Car­rera Cup GB Cham­pi­onship. An am­bas­sador for Babing­ton House School, Esmee proudly wears the school logo on her rac­ing kit.

As well as de­vel­op­ing her bur­geon­ing mo­tor rac­ing ca­reer, she is also study­ing ac­coun­tancy. Not so shy and quiet now ...

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