TOREY Blanch of Bulahdelah Central School is currently in Italy, trying out for a spot in a prestigious international go-kart championship.
The 15-year-old from Bulahdelah was selected by the FIA Women in Motor Sport Committee as one of 11 young racers from all over the world to try out to drive in the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy.
Torey is currently in Italy taking part in a qualifying program at Friuli, Venezia. The successful driver from this shootout will be given the opportunity to contest the 2012 CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy, contested by more than 50 of the worlds’ top young drivers aged between 13 and 15 years.
Torey believes this experience will stand her in good stead for her first taste of international karting.
“I’m really excited about heading over to Italy and testing myself against the best young karters in the world,” she said before departing for Italy.
“When I heard the news I was over the moon – it is the chance of a lifetime and I’m looking forward to getting to Italy and making the most of this opportunity.
“My focus now is on preparation; I’m going to speak with Caitlin (Wood) about her experiences as well as working on my fitness and working with a driver training coach.”
Craig Denton, Australian Karting Association national president, believes getting onto the international stage can only be beneficial for Torey.
“I’m sure she will tackle the challenge at full steam in an attempt to demonstrate just how strong Australian karting is on the world stage.”