Schoolgirl, 13, makes step up racing ladder ahead of championship
- Credit: Amanda Hitter
A speedy schoolgirl has continued to climb the racing ladder after making the step up from karting to cars at the age of 13.
Macie Hitter will be the youngest, and only female, driver on the grid when she makes her debut in the Ginetta Junior Championship with British GT Team, Assetto Motorsport this season.
Despite her few years in the sport, Macie has already claimed a number of awards and championships for her racing, including top female driver for two years in a row at the HKRC Kart Club in Kimbolton, and will now take the next step in her motorsport career.
The teenager is following in the footsteps of her biking champion father, Jamie Hitter, who was a champion motorcycle racer for Black Widow Racing in the 1990s.
Macie, whose parents are both from Lowestoft, is looking to race in the final three rounds of the championship, which starts with Silverstone National on September 25 and 26.
She said: "I am really excited to be taking the next step into Ginetta, and really grateful to have the opportunity to be part of the YRDA team, using their state-of-the-art facilities and mentoring.
You may also want to watch:
"I am also looking forward to being a part of the Assetto team for the Ginetta series."
In December 2020, she competed in the Junior Ginetta Scholarship for the chance to win a spot on the grid for the 2021 Championship, although fell narrowly short.
- 1 The rise and fall of a beloved Norfolk wildlife park
- 2 Woman's life 'left in pieces' after being raped while unconscious
- 3 'One of life's gentlemen' - Neighbours describe killer's double life
- 4 'I was in tears': Dentist can keep working despite failing 13 patients
- 5 Man in 50s dies after crash between car and bicycle
- 6 Norfolk seaside village third most sought-after in UK
- 7 Masks scrapped 'as early as next month' and over 35s jabs 'soon'
- 8 Part of A47 reopens after earlier accident
- 9 Builder opens shepherd huts on site with unusual feature
- 10 Make it modern: Norfolk rectory goes up for sale after renovation
She said: "Although I'm disappointed I didn't win, I am really pleased I made it to the finals having no experience in a car."
Last year, Macie also won the inaugural Drive for Diversity award, earning her a scholarship for the coming season with the Young Racing Driver Programme, after finishing a well-respected fourth in the Kimbolton championship, despite the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic and a serious crash.
In September last year, the teenager had a lucky escape after hitting a tyre wall at 60mph, before another kart crashed into her during a practice lap at a prestigious karting cup.
Anyone looking to sponsor Macie is asked to visit maciehitterracing.com for an investment brochure.