AN Edinburgh lawyer is set to make a name for herself in the Super One British Karting Championship this year, after securing backing and a new kart after a racing incident wrote off her last racer.
Fife-born Carol van Beusekom will be racing in the top tier of British karting this year, following an impressive second season at tracks across the UK in junior championships during 2015.
The 30-year-old senior solicitor won the club championship at the Rowrah circuit in Cumbria, as well as finishing eighth in the Northern Karting Federation Championship. She also took part in Senior Max races at circuits across the UK and travelled to Dubai last January to race in the World Plate at the Dubai Autodrome and Kartdrome.
Her steady rise to success has not been a completely smooth ride, though, as last year she suffered a large shunt that put her racing career in jeopardy.
“A relation of [accident-prone Formula 1 driver] Pastor Maldonado crashed into me. I was kicked out of the kart so hard that I landed on the track and it was written off. I manage to avoid smacking my helmet on the ground and ran towards the safety of the grass.
“It wasn’t until a day or two later that I realised how sore I was; I had black and blue bruises on my back. Obviously, the only choice was to get my hand in my pocket and cough up for another.”
Her entry into the costly world of top-flight karting is due to Claire Middlebrook, managing director of C Middlebrooks Business Recovery & Advice, acting as lead sponsor for Carol van Beusekom Racing.
The pair met through a networking event, with Middlebrook “delighted” to provide sponsorship for the karting supremo.
Unlike many of her rivals, the lady racer first entered the karting world only two years ago after her on-track experiences at Raceland, outside Edinburgh. After renting powerful Honda-engined karts, Beusekom decided to buy her own and quickly found winning ways.
To keep costs down throughout her first two seasons, she is both a driver and mechanic for her team, and can get an axle changed on her Kosmic Racer 501 in approximately ten minutes.
Beusekom added: “Club racing is definitely the best way to get into karting and experience the thrills of racing against like-minded people. Karting is lovely when it’s sunny and dry, but when it’s raining constantly, you do wonder why you’re doing it.
“As an adult, it’s the only time you get to play in puddles. I’d like to finish in the top ten of Super One this season.”