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Driver full throttle for her Winter Olympics campaign

Jessica Golding racing in the skeleton event.
Jessica Golding racing in the skeleton event. RJ Photography

JESSICA Golding will take time out from her quest to represent Australia at the Winter Olympics in skeleton to return to her karting roots at Willowbank this weekend.

Golding is the only female racer to have won a national karting championship in more than 20 years.

She has joined forces with multiple Australian champion and Ipswich Kart Club member William Yarwood and his team Project X. They're racing an Australian manufactured Monaco chassis in Rotax Light.

"William has an incredible amount of experience, he is one of the best guys in the country in terms of getting a kart set up," Golding said.

"He's a winner and is continually determined to be at the front of the pack whether he's behind the wheel or working with another driver.

He will go the extra mile to ensure that those he works with are at the front."

A return to the racetrack forms a critical part of Golding's "off ice" training program.

Golding is building fitness on her way to Calgary in September to continue her goal of representing Australia at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Her skeleton event can be best described as head first luge.

"There's a lot of synergy between the two sports," she said.

"Since my first skeleton test in Calgary earlier this year, I have been in the gym and focused on the strength and physical aspects to prepare for the next phase of my development.

"It is a good time to get back in the kart and race, as that will focus my attention back onto competition, which complements the program I've been working on.

"By doing two major events like the Pro Tour and the Rotax Nationals in late August, I'll have my eye back in and will be ready to hit the ice at full speed."

Golding said the sports were similar from a speed perspective.

"I can expect to be up to around 140kph behind the wheel of the kart just millimetres off the ground," she said.

"In skeleton, again I will be just millimetres off the ground, but getting up to around 150kph."

Training overseas and being close to the AIS Winter Sports program has brought out a nationalistic passion in the Brisbane-based racer.

"To race in an Australian- made chassis adds another element of interest for me," she said.

"Training with people from all over the world and getting an insight to an Australian Olympic program makes me realise even more the level of pride that will come with wearing the green and gold on the international stage."

The Rotax Pro Tour will take place in twilight/evening tonight and tomorrow at Ipswich Kartway, Champions Way Willowbank.

Topics:  karting, olympics



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