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Wednesday 8th October 2014

Chloe, the schoolgirl who?s become a stock car racing champion

TEENAGE racing sensation Chloe Gilbertson has blitzed the opposition to be crowned local junior stock car champ.

The 13-year-old Upton schoolgirl, who is fast forging a name for herself on the male-dominated motor racing scene, claimed a dozen victories during Borne Motor Racing Club’s 14-race championship series.

Chloe, who told the Daily Echo she was looking forward to climbing behind the wheel of even faster cars in the future, said: “I really do enjoy it and I’m ecstatic whenever I win.

“I love driving cars, it is what I am good at. It’s also quite nice to beat the boys – although they don’t particularly like it.”

Proud dad Phil, who used to compete on track himself and now maintains his daughter’s Honda Civic race car, explained: “She’s one of two girls in the class and to be crowned 2014 points champion is a huge achievement. I’m very proud of Chloe, she kept it together this year and did exceptionally well.

“For a young schoolgirl, racing kids two or three years older and to be crowned champion is amazing. She can be last car on the grid and still win, she really can get through the field.”

Phil said quite a few girls are taking up motor racing at grass- roots level, but costs can be high and many drivers come and go.

“However, this is Chloe’s fourth year now,” he said. “She went out yesterday with the adults and finished in third place, she’s mustard. Hopefully she’ll be able to get into single-seat racing such as Formula Ford in the future.”

The family thanked sponsors, including Mark Cooper Haulage, WS Recycling, A1 Bodyworks, Alloy Magic Ltd and P&K Panel Works, for all their support.

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