Zoe Wenham – aiming to make the podium. Photo: Jakob Ebrey.

The Volkswagen Racing Cup’s youngest-ever competitor, 16-year-old Zoe Wenham, is to return to the FUCHS Lubricants-backed championship for 2011 with a new car and a new team.

The Gloucestershire-based A-level student is to step into to a SlideSports-prepared Golf GTI for the coming year after making her debut in a Polo. “We opted for the Golf this year because it’s a proven car, so I can concentrate on my driving and improving my results rather than developing the car,” she says.

Zoe passed her ARDS track licence test at 13 and was a veteran of two seasons of competition in the junior SaxMax series before making her Racing Cup debut just days after 16th birthday last May.

She is undeterred by being not only the youngest competitor but also the only female on the grid: “I was the only girl in 2010 and I think I will be again this year, which is a shame in one way but at least it makes me unique and offers me the opportunity to capitalize on that individuality. I’m pleased that the guys treat me as they would any other competitor, though it’s clear that some don’t like it too much when they are beaten by a woman.”

Wenham says her goal for the season is to make the podium and end the year in the championship top six. Her sponsors include Supagard and Geometric Manufacturing. In addition to her school studies Zoe is a regular among 20 motor-sporting hopefuls taking the MSA’s Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence at Loughborough University, where again she is the only female.

Championship manager Melissa Wright said: “Zoe made a really positive start to her Volkswagen Racing Cup career and we very much hope that she will progress to become not only the most successful woman driver we have seen in the series but also the youngest race winner.”

The Volkswagen Racing Cup is supported by FUCHS Lubricants, Hankook Tyres, Ceva Logistics, ECM Vehicle Delivery, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Superchips and Milltek Sport. This season the series features 14 races at seven meetings, one of them at Zandvoort in the Netherlands and the rest supporting the British F3 and British GT series.

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