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British youngster aims for Le Mans

During the season she secured no fewer than twelve podium finishes, including two victories, to end the year third in the championship – being nominated at the end of the year to take part in the FIA's Volkswagen Scirocco Cup shootout where she was the fastest driver but was selected as the runner-up.

She had however made people sit up and take notice for her performances on track, which came in front of some of the leading figures in UK motorsport and legions of fans both trackside and watching the action unfold live on ITV4.

“Getting the scholarship with Ginetta is probably the biggest opportunity I have had in my career so far,” Louise reflects. “I don't think I would be where I am now if I hadn't got onto it. I don't know if I would have got the opportunity to step up into cars and would probably have still been karting.

“The Junior championship was good for me as it allowed me to learn my racecraft and it also gave me the chance to compete on a package where there was a lot of people able to see what I could do. It was daunting at first with the size of the crowds as the biggest crowd I had probably raced in front of before that was a few hundred at Kartmasters. Suddenly, there was a huge crowd watching on.

“I can remember my first race at Brands Hatch. Practice and qualifying passed normally but when I pulled up on the grid for the first race and looked to my left, I could just see this huge crowd and I didn't know what to think. Some people would get more nervous in that situation but I'm lucky in that I was just able to focus on the job at hand.

“I learnt a lot from the Juniors and gained a lot of exposure from it, but the only disappointment is that I wasn't able to win the championship. I took a lot of podium finishes and got my first victories in car racing and it would have been nice to win the title at the end of it.”

Graduating into the GT Supercup for 2011, Louise showed her pace even if the end results didn't reflect her potential behind the wheel – with a number of incidents not of her own making having an impact on her programme during the season.

However, even in the face of adversity, she continued to increase her racing experience and gained more knowledge about what is needed to succeed on track.

“It wasn't a big step into the G50 for me, although it was a tricky first season as we had a number of problems to deal with,” she admits. “We had some issues with the car, which we eventually traced to a bent chassis, and it made things tough. I showed my speed but it was a difficult season, although I did come away from it with three podium finishes.”

The 2012 season started with another podium finish at Brands Hatch and by the time the third meeting of the year arrived, Louise was able to celebrate her first victory with a stunning performance in challenging wet conditions at Thruxton, which would catch out a number of more experienced drivers over the course of the day.




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