Jem Hepworth joins YRDA for 2019!

January 10, 2019


The YRDA’s first new driver announcement for 2019 comes in the shape of Jem Hepworth. The 18-year-old from Chulmleigh has an exciting season ahead competing in National championships in the Senior Rotax class as well as representing the UK in the FIA Girl’s on Track Karting Challenge at Le Mans.

Jem started her Karting career back in June 2012 at the age of 11. Having initially competed in Endurance cross country quad racing, Jem had immediate ambitions to move up the ranks and with her Dad by her side as a mechanic they began competing at Dunkeswell Kart Circuit.

Racing in a competitive Honda Cadet class, Jem flew the flag for the female drivers and impressed the club who awarded her the ‘Best Rookie’ trophy at the end of the 2012 season. More accolades include Best Novice Driver of the Year and South West Novice Champion of the Year.

Jem went onto progress from club racing to national racing competing in three seasons of the Super One British Championships in the Rotax classes. Her success in the sport has seen her pick up numerous podiums and championship trophies and she is ready to continue that trend under the guidance of YRDA in 2019. 

This season Jem will be fully focused on the MSA championships, but will also compete in local club races as and when she can. Along with that the news of Jem being selected to represent the UK in the FIA Girl’s on Track Karting Challenge was recently announced. The event will take place at Le Mans in March with Jem being selected by Dare to be Different and Motorsport UK out of 130 drivers.

Jem will compete for the chance to be among six drivers selected for a European Team that will attend the FIA Driver Training Camps, where they will be supported by the FIA through a sporting and educational programme.

Jem’s first success could be off track as she is nominated for the Henry Surtees Teen Karter of the Year Award. The result will be announced at the Autosport International Show this weekend. 

Jem Hepworth: “I am so excited! There is such a good team at YRDA and I am determined to give it my absolute all and make the very best of whatever opportunities come my way.”
Jamie Horner – YRDA Director: “We are delighted that Jem has joined the YRDA. She possesses all of the attributes necessary to succeed at the higher level and with the YRDA’s support and guidance we believe that she has a very bright future in motorsport.”