Meet Kerry’s only female motorcycle racer

Samantha Martin is a short circuit motorbike racer from Tarbert.

Thanks to Hannah from Women in Motorsport Ireland who wrote this article for her own social media outlets and granted Kerry Motorsport News permission to reproduce it here.

Women in Motorsport Ireland sets the scene.

Samantha shared her love of bikes with her dad and decided to bite the bullet at 19 and got her road licence. When she met her partner Andrew, he introduced to the track and her love of the sport grew from there!

Samantha Martin is Kerry’s only female motorcycle racer

1) How did you get into Motorsport?

“I always had a love for motorbikes and shared that interest with my dad. We were the only two in the family with that interest and when he got his bike, I couldn’t shake the feeling of wanting my own one too. I got my road licence when I was 19 and spent some time on the road until I met my partner who introduced me to the track side of things, and I’ve loved it ever since.

2) What are your biggest achievements

“Getting me knee down for the first time at the latest track day. I’m new to the track scene so hopefully I can add to this segment when I get into racing next year.”

3) Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

“It’s hard to imagine myself that far into the future as I’m only starting out but I’m hoping to have a lot of experience competing in short circuits as well as getting the opportunity to ride circuits outside of Ireland. Motorsport is full of possibilities, and I’m excited to see what’s ahead of me.”

4) Who are your role models/who do you look up to as an influence?

“It’s easy to pick a professional who we watch on TV but to be honest my biggest influences are my Dad as he always supported my interest in bikes and my partner Andrew who also races. I lost my Dad just over two years’ ago so he never got the chance to come up to the track but that feeling of being out on the bike keeps me close with him and motivates me to do better.

“I’ve learned so much about motorbikes and racing with Andrew because I get to see what happens behind the scenes and outside of the race weekends. The dedication and commitment it takes to compete in racing and to be on form each time is amazing. We bounce off each other a lot and motivate each other to do better and because of that I’ve been able to build up my confidence on the track.”

5) What is your dream event to compete in and in what two- or four-wheeled machine?

“I’m hoping to get quick enough to compete in the Dunlop Masters Superbike class and my dream bike would be a Ducati Panigale V4.”

6) Looking back on your career so far, is there anything you would have done differently if you could turn back the clock?

“Although I’m new to it the one thing I’d do differently would be to start sooner.”

7) What advice would you give to someone starting out in Motorsport?

It’s never as scary as you think. There is no need to worry about having to prove yourself and be as quick as everyone else because it’s all a learning curve. A friend told me when I was nervous about starting that the person who finishes last is still braver than the one who chose not to go out.  Everyone has to start somewhere and with the right support and mentors behind you you’ll only be asking yourself why didn’t you start sooner.”

8)What has it been like for you being new to Motorsport?

“It has been amazing so far. I’ve been involved in some great sports communities before, but this is by far my favourite. When your part of motorsport you are part of a family both on and off the track. Everyone supports each other no matter your skill level or engine size. The two track days we got recently have been the highlight of my year because of the friendly atmosphere of those involved

“I’m delighted with my progress so far and love the excitement of getting faster. I couldn’t have done it without everyone’s support and guidance. Hopefully, this is to start to many exciting and successful years.”

This article is the copyright of Women in Motorsport Ireland and is reproduced here with permission.

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