This weekend at Whiteriver Karting Circuit in Louth, former karting champion Cheryl Murphy will make a return to kart racing after a hiatus of over ten years! The Dubliner has been offered a drive by Formula Female, an initiative which encourages more females to participate in motorsport. She will compete against a star studded international grid in the new Tillotson T4 Kart, as part of the launch of the Irish company’s new machine.
Tillotson is an Irish Company with its factory located in Tralee, Co Kerry and have been heavily involved with karting products worldwide for a number of years. This weekend, they launch the Tillotson T4 Championshop, with all competitors running identical 4 stroke karts, and the emphasis being on accessibility and equality.
Murphy, from Santry in Dublin, competed in many classes of karting from Cadet up to Rotax Max, with many wins along the way, including a prestigious O Plate win. Despite a long break from racing, she is hugely excited about her impending return.
Cheryl Murphy “I am excited about getting back into a kart after all these years. It is great what Formula Female are doing to encourage more females into motorsport and I am delighted to be part of it.
Nicci Daly, Formula Female: “I am delighted that we have managed to persuade Cheryl to return to the driving seat. She is a former star and a great role model for young female karters. Also, the new Tillotson T4 series is very interesting, It makes competitive karting more accessible than before, which can only be a good thing.”
About Formula Female:
Formula Female was set up in 2018 by Irish Hockey Star Nicci Daly. Daly is also a qualified Motorsport Engineer and has worked with the Juncos Indycar Team in the United States. Her father Vivion Daly was one of the most successful National racing drivers ever in Ireland and her uncle, Derek Daly was a Formula One driver with Williams Grand Prix in the 80s.
Nicci has a passion to encourage more females into motorsport, but not just as competitors. Through promoting the choice of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects for schoolgirls, she wants to see more female engineers and mechanics, as well as drivers. Formula Female recently invited Ireland’s top female sports stars to Mondello Park to take on their Ambassador, Nicole Drought, in a BMW M2 Competition. They linked this event to 20×20’s “Can’t See It Can’t Be It” campaign and the event was attended by many young girls, keen to meet their rolemodels, as well as Motorsport Ireland, Sport Ireland, TG4 and of course 20×20. This was the first of a number of such initiatives that Formula Female will roll out in the coming months.