A teenage girl from Birmingham hopes to follow in the tire tracks of her parents and grandparents to become a superbike champion.
Young Jamie Hanks-Elliott from Erdington aims to keep her family’s racing tradition alive with her grandparents, Roy and Rose, and parents Paul and Julie, all competing in the Sidecar Championships.
Jamie’s nan Rose Arnold (her maiden name) was the first woman to stand on the Isle of Man TT grandstand after finishing 2nd in 1968. And now the 17-year-old hopes to match that success with the hope of competing in the British and World Superbike Championships.
This season, Jamie, who is currently studying at Sutton Coldfield College, will compete on his Kawasaki 400cc over eight rounds of the Thundersport Championships, having already raced earlier this month in the GP3 Superteens and Junior Cup at Snetterton.
The Gravelly Hill teenager trains on Darley Moor in Derbyshire.
His goal this year is to finish in the top five in as many races as possible that take place at tracks like Anglesey, Brands Hatch, Cadwell Park and Donnington. And she did it in the fourth race at Snetteron on Sunday May 2nd.
Jamie, who will soon be combining running with sports rehabilitation studies at the University of Nottingham, said: “I have been running since I was 13, preferring to ride solo as I could do earlier.
“The idea was to get into sidecar racing when I was pretty old, but I love running alone too much and the plan now is to try and get on the podium this season for wild entries. card in the British Superbike Championship. “
The races are open to boys and girls and Jamie says on a motorcycle, sex doesn’t matter.
She continued, “At first only a few girls competed, but I think a lot more women were inspired to compete and we certainly equal the men we are racing against. When we jump on the bike, we are all equal.
“The more we progress, the more support I need and at the moment it’s really a family affair with my stand team currently made up of my grandfather, father and mother.”
And she has sponsors aligned with Wolverhampton Company, AutoJack, joining Scott Leathers, Tony Else, 100% Suspensions, 151s and PFM Brakes.
Autojack supports Hanks Racing with race and travel expenses, as well as giving them access to vital equipment and tools to use for maintenance and upkeep of the bike.
Autojack Director Fred Evans, who runs the business with his brothers Bill and Dave, said: “It’s great to see more women racing on an equal footing with men and we have no doubts that Jamie has the potential to live up to his family’s reputation and put the Midlands firmly on the motorcycle racing map.
“We see AutoJack as a rising challenger brand and that’s exactly what we see at Jamie – the opportunity to become one of their main sponsors was the perfect time for us.”