Meet the Norwich girl who wants to be the next star of Formula One
Many teenagers dream of emulating their sporting heroes and one teenager has got a very particular ambition she is chasing.
Gaby Weyer, 13, from the north Norwich area, has ambitions of becoming one of a small number of women to enter the male-dominated world of Formula One – and her dream may not be quite as far-fetched as it first sounds.
Gaby has been chosen to represent Great Britain in the selection process to receive free entry to the 2012 CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy.
The FIA Women in Motorsport Commission and the CIK-FIA (the International Karting Commission) are aiming to reward an up-and-coming young female driver with a drive in the series, which is held across three stages, in France, Portugal and Bahrain.
Gaby will now compete against 10 other young kart racers from around the globe on June 1 and 2, in Friuli Venezia, Italy, in a bid to gain entry to the series.
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It is an exciting opportunity for the Open Academy Norwich pupil, less than three years after she first got behind the wheel of a kart. Gaby's mum Andrea Weyer said: 'She started at Ellough Park near Beccles at the end of 2009 and it was in 2010-11 that she first raced in the WTP Championships and was the first girl to ever get a seeded number, which is the top 15 who are seeded for the next year.
'She first went when her brother (Tommy) turned eight and wanted to have a go at karting. So we went along and Gaby said she was bored of watching and wanted to have a go, and to be honest, at first she was absolutely shocking! But one day it just clicked and she has kept pushing herself and now is beating the boys.'
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In 2011 Gaby finished second out of 26 racers in the WTP Little Green Man Championship and also became the first female competitor to triumph in the prestigious Kartmasters race at the PF International kart circuit in Grantham, Lincolnshire.
Gaby, who is contesting the MSA (Motorsport Association) British Junior Kart Championship this season, alongside selected European outings, said: 'I feel privileged to have been chosen when there are so many other good female competitors in this country. It is the opportunity of a lifetime and I want to repay the faith that the MSA has put in me by going out there and proving that I am the best female karter in this age category in the world.'
For more information about Gaby, go to www.gabyweyer.com
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