Lydia first got the bug for motorsport when she jumped into a kart at Buckmore Park at seven years of age. From that day forward, she took to karting like a duck to water and began racing at local track Anglia Indoor kart centre in 2011. In her first year of karting, she was runner up on the Corporate Cadet points championship being beaten by only one point.
The following year, she progressed on to Ellough Park Raceway in Beccles in 2012. The year started well where she was achieving good results including winning novice trophies when tragedy struck. She was involved in an accident which resulted in a broken leg, both tibia and fibia. However, only a few short months later, she was back racing - placing on the podium at the Cadet Championships and was proud to be awarded with the Young Driver of the Year award at the EPKC Presentation evening.
Moving forward in time, 2015 and 2016 had been her most successful years to date. During 2015, Lydia competed in Minimax championships around the UK and was proudly crowned Ellough Park Kart Club's champion. Towards the end of the year, she was pleased to be a finalist in the UK Karting Magazine's Female Driver of the Year Award.
Lydia went on to become Junior Rotax Champion at Ellough Park (winning by 283 points) which made her back-to-back champion there. Her success throughout 2016 was recognised by her local radio station, Town 102, which led to her being awarded with 'Sports star of the Year' at their Local Hero Awards that April.
2017 provided Lydia with a new and exciting challenge. She competed in the Junior Saloon Car Championship which entailed travelling across the UK racing at national tracks such as Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Snetterton. It was an exciting year for Lydia as she experienced great highs such as finishing 4th in the first race of the season at Silverstone and being awarded with Driver of the Meeting at Knockhill. However, it was a pretty eventful season too after a scary roll, and two huge trips to the tyre wall.
The following year, Lydia made the step up to senior racing in the Mini Challenge UK Cooper Pro championship. Being the youngest on the grid, it was a huge step but one that Lydia and her team tackled well. This put them in good stead for the 2019 season which proved to be very successful with five podiums (two third places at Oulton Park and Brands Hatch, two second places at Donington Park and Croft and a maiden victory at Snetterton) and front row qualifying results. Lydia was also nominated for the BWRDC Junior Goldstar award and came third in the Downforce Radio Henry Surtees Teen Racer of the Year Award. She was also the recipient of the British Women Racing Driver's Club 'Jean Denton' trophy.
Lydia's aspirations are high in this male dominated sport. She is extremely motivated and is ambitious to blaze the trail in female racing.
Age - 18
From - Ipswich
Nationality - British
Began Racing - 2010 (Aged 8)
Interests - Motorsport, Dance
Favourite Circuit - Rockingham
Career Highlight - Winning my first championship title at 13 years old
Lydia Walmsley Racing
Lydia Walmsley Racing has an extremely strong support network behind them - a small family/friends team which follows Lydia throughout the country on her racing endeavours.
The car was built and is maintained by her dad, Mike - ably supported by mechanic Dave.
Another crucial part of the team is Lydia's fantastic instructor,
Joe Tanner who travels from Scotland every time she races.