The Women of Australian Motor Sport (WAMS) committee today congratulated 18-year-old New South Wales racer Charlotte Poynting as the 2017/2018 recipient of the WAMS Junior Development Scholarship, supported by CAMS.
Beginning in karts aged 12, Poynting placed top-three in multiple state titles, won the women’s nationals in both Clubman Light and Senior National Light and then progressed into the Aussie Racing Cars series over a year ago where she currently competes. Since joining the category, she has won eight Women’s Championship Trophies out of the nine events she’s entered, currently leads the CAMS Women’s Championship and last year became the first female to win an Aussie Racing Car race in the category’s history.
“I’m so excited to have been selected as the WAMS Development Scholarship recipient,” said Poynting. “I have always admired the ways of WAMS and can’t wait to begin this journey with them. I am looking forward to seeing where the scholarship will take me after watching previous recipients succeed in their dream after partnering with WAMS.”
WAMS Chair, Sam Reid, congratulated Charlotte on being successful in her application and on her overall dedication to making a future long-term career as a race driver.
“We’ve been keeping an eye on Charlotte’s racing over the last few years as she’s developed her skills and last year she attended the CAMS Winning Formula Fitness Camp with our 2016 JDS recipient Beck Connell,” said Reid. “But this past year we’ve noticed that she’s really stepped up all aspects of her racecraft and really does have all the makings of a strong well-rounded racer in the future. We hope that the Junior Development Scholarship program, which includes both on and off track tuition, will help towards giving her some extra skills as she works her way through the circuit racing ranks.”
With five seasons of the Junior Development Scholarship completed so far, the program has proven to be a successful training ground for many Australian female racing stars including off-road racer Kristy Hedley (2012/13), current Blancplain GT Sprint Series racer Caitlin Wood (2013/14), WA state Formula Ford driver Tayla Dicker (2014/15) SsanYong Actyon Racing Series Championship racer Alexandra Whitley (2015/16) and 2016 NSW state karting champion Beck Connell (2016/2017).
Launched in 2012 as a means to assist up-and-coming female junior drivers to develop their race driving skills, the WAMS JDS Scholarship program offers the necessary tools on and off the track to strengthen a driver’s chances of a successful career in motor sport, including media training, fitness guidance, sports psychology and potentially a CAMS Academy camp position.