A teenage girl from Shirebrook is aiming to become the first openly LGBT racing driver to take part in the Le Mans 24 hours race.

Geena Watkinson, 16, is planning to launch her motorsport career later this year by competing in the Mazda MX5 Cup. And now she has taken another big step towards fulfilling her Le Mans dream by passing the test needed to gain a Motorsport UK National B Race Licence.

 

The test is provided by the Association of Racing Driving Schools, and Geena said she was thrilled to get over this first hurdle in her professional racing career. She is all set to make her race debut on Saturday, April 4 at Brands Hatch in Kent, the famous circuit that was once home to the British Grand Prix.

 

Geena is supported by Spirit Air, a private air charter company that is party of Spirit Motorsport. John Cowan, president of Spirit Air, said: “Geena has demonstrated maturity and determination, so we were happy to support her in her motorsport objectives. “She is hoping to be the first openly LGBT driver to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours, and she will help Spirit Air to build its presence in the private air charter industry.”

 

Rising star Geena started driving when she was only eight years old after enjoying the children’s former Amen Corner track at Edwinstowe. Helped by dad Steve, an engineer who acts as her mechanic, she went on to show huge talent in kart racing. Geena has been praised for her fighting spirit and gritty attitude at the wheel.