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Carolynn Hoy to appear at Festival of Speed

22 June 2012

Formula Kart Stars MD Carolynn Hoy will drive a superkart up the hill for a tribute to Martin Hines at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Hoy will drive a 1980 air-cooled Yamaha engined Zip Hermetite. It was painstakingly restored to its former livery by Simon Weston of the Karting Legends club after he found it in a tractor garage in Peterborough in 2004. Hines himself checked it and confirmed it was a 1980 chassis. There will be three other of Hines's karts present at the Karting Legends Stand next weekend.

Hoy was a frontrunner in superkarts. As Carolynn Grant Sale, she began racing in 1978 with a Barlotti/Montessa and joined the long circuit scene in 1980. She raced with the Gartmore team in 1981 and after joining Hines at Zip Hermetite, she was second in the British championships in 1982 and third in consecutive years in the ITV World of Sports series in 1983-84. Furthermore, she was sixth in the World Championship in 1984. In honour of her achievements in motorsport, she was awarded the Lord Wakefield Trophy by the MSA in January this year.

Goodwood will be the first time since 1987 that Hoy has sat behind the wheel of a kart. She told the FKS website: "I am extremely proud to drive Martin's kart up the hill in his memory. He was the very best and we all measured our success against him.

"Although we went on to race with water-cooled 250 Rotax engines, the air-cooled Yamaha was the engine we all loved. It could be temperamental (let's hope I can remember the knack of starting it after 25 years) but it was worth it to hear it screaming to 14,000 rpm alongside our left ear. I am delighted, but also a little nervous, to be asked to drive it.”


by Simon Stiel


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