Worksop race ace Geena Watkinson is on the road to becoming the next Lewis Hamilton, after winning a £30,000 racing contract.
The youngster was one of three winners in a national X Factor style competition.
Watkinson went head-to-head with seven other young drivers to win the public’s votes on Facebook, with a two minute video appeal explaining why she should be chosen to win the Blair Project Rising Stars competition.
In addition to a fully funded race season for each of the three winners, their prize also includes elite driver development and sports career management.
The 10-year-old has been racing for two years, but despite dreaming of making it to the very top, the high costs of motor racing had already become a stumbling block.
She said: “I am so lucky to have won this funding to help achieve my dream.”
“This means so much to me.”
“I really want to take my motor racing career further, and become a professional racing driver.”
“Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote.”
Her dad Stephen helped to rally support on Facebook and was instrumental in her success.
He said: “That was almost as nerve wracking as watching a race.”
“Loads of effort put in by all who voted, loads of printer ink and paper used for making leaflets.”
“Thanks so much to everyone who voted, each single vote counted in the end.”
The Blair Project was set up by Nile Henry, who was sick of seeing his own brother, Blair struggle for funding to continue his karting career.
It aims to help young drivers who don’t have the funding to move up the motorsports ladder and create a more level playing field.
Watkinson will be developed by GW Motorsports team boss Gary Ward, who drove and won races in Jordan Formula 1, and is a former Silverstone instructor.