Schoolgirls gear up for All-Ireland Karting competition – Tralee and Killarney interest

There is plenty of Kerry interest in the Motorsport Ireland and Formula Female’s Go Girls Karting and STEM shootout which is taking place on Friday at Kiltorcan Raceway, Co. Kilkenny. 

The overall prize of a test drive in a Tralee-made Tillotson T4 kart – but, sadly not one Kerry school entered the competition. 

“Unfortunately no Kerry schools competing this year but we hope there will be next year,” said Formula Female founder Nicci Daly. 

However, the four members of Team Vroom, the Formula 1 in Schools team that represented St Brigid’s Killarney last year have been invited to participate in the Questions and Answers session that will follow the main shootout event. 

They are Ilona Sheehan, Kayla Byrne, Ella Galvin and Grace Daly. 


Schools and students who qualified through the 2019 Go Girls Karting an STEM initiative are invited back to take part in the Go Girls Schools Shootout Competition on the 10th of December at Kiltorcan Raceway, Co. Kilkenny. 

Students from across Ireland will represent their school and compete for the opportunity to experience driving a competitive Tillotson T4 kart racing kart. 

As part of the Sport Ireland Women in Sport program and supported by Suzanne Campion, the Go Girls Karting & STEM initiative (launched in 2019) is designed to drive visibility and active participation in the sport, by highlighting positive female role models and providing workshops to demystify and align practical STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects with Motorsport as well as an introduction to kart driving. 

The competition will include a typical Motorsport Ireland race format, including practice, heats and a final, followed by a podium presentation for the top 3. Finalists will be awarded a test day in a Tillotson T4 racing kart. A special award will be given in memory of Go Girls supporter John Campion called the John Campion Spirit Award for the driver who displays the most spirited effort on the day. 

Concluding the day will be a Women in Motorsport Q&A panel hosted by Hersport.ie, featuring female representatives from Formula 1, Karting, Engineering, Esports and more. 

The panel discussion will provide insights into the various disciplines, careers and accessibility into Motorsport, as well as highlighting the individual stories of our female role models. 

The panelists include, Pippa Treacy (Go Girls mentor & Development Engineer for Mercedes F1 team); Kayleigh Cole (Kart & Circuit Racing Driver); Laura Hannon (Digital Motorsports & Esports, Daisy’s 1st Race Car author and Formula Woman Competitor); Rebecca McDonald and Saira Kern (UCD Formula Student team); Nicci Daly(Motorsport Engineering & Formula Female) and members of Vroom Racing (All four members of the female F1 in Schools team that represented St Brigid’s Secondary School, Killarney)


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