Passion drives kart champ's success

Full throttle: Prestons girl Victoria Lopes loves her go kart racing. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

Full throttle: Prestons girl Victoria Lopes loves her go kart racing. Picture: Jeff de Pasquale

VICTORIA Lopes has been whizzing around go kart race tracks for two years and is going full throttle in the sport.

The Prestons girl has been part of Kids Karting Klub at Minto since she was 10.

She is ranked number one and has been junior champion for the past three seasons at the club.

"This has been a personal achievement for me in a sport that is dominated by boys," Victoria said, who turned on 12 on Friday.

Victoria is a year 6 student at All Saints Catholic Primary School in Liverpool and is a sports captain.

And Victoria says the more active she is in sport the better.

"I have always had a love of sport and I also keep fit by doing AEROskool once a week," she said.

The youngster has taken her racing to a new level and she recently bought her own go kart, gear and trailer and she races at Butterfly Farm, Windsor, in the Indy 800 Rookies Class.

"My passion is go karting, the adrenalin along with the driving skill I acquire and to race against others, mainly boys, is a buzz," Victoria said.

"This is a sport that gives any young person valuable driving experience and not having to wait until they are 16 to drive."

Victoria said Jeff Gough, who owns Liverpool Glass, had been very supportive.

"I want to thank Jeff at Liverpool Glass for being my first driving sponsor in Indy 800, and I presented him with a framed photo of my first Indy 800 race last March," Victoria said.

"It is people like Jeff that helps the local children progress in their sport that we have to be grateful to."

She said her dad Craig and mum Dawn, had encouraged her racing.

"[Dad] has spent endless hours on the maintenance on my kart and getting me to the races," Victoria said.

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