Kerry’s only female motorcycle novel fundraising drive
Kerry’s only female motorcycle racer, Samantha Martin, has come up with a novel way of raising funds for her attempt at the 2021 Dunlop Masters Irish Superbike Championship.
The Tarbert racer is raffling her very first race helmet – something that is sure to become a collectors’ item if she realises her ambitions by making it top of motorcycle racing in Ireland.
Martin contested one race meeting in 2019, the first Kerry woman to race at Mondello Park in County Kildare on two or four wheels.
Her plan this year was to enter selected rounds of the Dunlop Masters Irish Superbike Championship but her plans were scuppered by pandemic restrictions.
Instead she took park in a few a non-competitive track-days at Mondello Park and Kirkistown in County Down ahead of a full season next year.
The Irish motorcycle racing season traditionally starts with a week-long test session at the famous Cartagena Circuit in Murcia, Spain.
Martin and several other Kerry and Limerick riders will pool their resources and send a truck full of local motorcycles and spares to Spain in March.
While there she will undertake one-on-one training with Woolsey Coulter Advance Rider Training.
Coulter is five time North West 200 winner, a former Irish and British champion and a race winner at European championship level.
The Irish championships usually get under way in late April – the 2021 calendar has yet to be released – and Martin has ser her sights on completing the full season – budget and training permitted.
She will race her Suzuki SV 650 in the Production Twin class.
“I need to do the three-day training session, otherwise there will be no point racing next year, I just would not have the confidence,” she said.
To help raise funds for the training event she has organised a raffle, based on the Lotto Numbers. Raffle participants select one number in the Irish lotto and the winning bonus ball on the draw immediately after all numbers are sold will win the race-helmet she used during her track-day sessions earlier this year.
Kevin Coyne ran a similar raffle to raise funds for his final trip to the HEL Performance British Junior Championship in early October.
Ticket’s for Martin’s draw are available via https://www.facebook.com/samanthamartinracing and cost €15 a ticket
Visit https://www.facebook.com/samanthamartinracing to enter the draw.