FIFTEEN year-old Torey Blanch of Bulahdelah, the reigning 2012 junior female national heavy champion in go-karting competed against elite kart racers at Newcastle last weekend.
More than 130 top racers from around Australia came together to compete in round two of the 2012 CIK Stars of Karting series.
Blanch, who competed in the junior national section, said the competition was renowned for being tough but was more excited than nervous about the event.
On the weekend Blanch come ninth out of 22. She has another chance to let her talents shine at the Young Guns titles in Lismore in two weeks time where the junior champion plate is up for grabs.
Blanch developed an interest in go karting when she was 10 years old after trying hire cars while visiting her uncle in Port Macquarie.
She usually trains at Wingham with her trainer who flies in from Albury. Blanch said go karting is actually a very physical sport that requires you to keep fit. Some race tracks have a top speed in excess of 100 kilometres per hour and a lowest cornering speed of more than 60 kilometres per hour.