I started racing at the age of 13, in 2009 and my first outdoor race was at Forest Edge kart track in England racing the class Junior Formula Blue.
I currently face in Senior Rotax, racing in the UK doing the NKF (Northern Federation Karting) and also abroad racing in Belgium doing the BNL (Belgium National League).
I have won many club races and heats, I am currently sitting in the lead in the NKF and have won the Summerlee Open Trophy which is a one off race per year, I was also chosen as the winner of the Ryan Dalziel prize last year which he himself chooses the drivers to give to and invited to watch his races.
It was never anything I considered doing when I was younger, but growing up with four brothers meant I was a bit of a tomboy and was interested in motorsport, I’d be watching Formula One every year and I’d always envy the drivers.
Drivers like Ayrton Senna, Michael Schumacher, and Lewis Hamilton made me interested. In 2009, my brother decided to go Indoor Karting for his birthday and I found out that I was quite fast and was really interested and excited from the adrenaline rush, and so I went every week trying to get the fastest lap. Eventually, one of my mum’s clients told her about his racing, and she mentioned my interest and soon I was arriving at Forest Edge kart track to take my ARK’s test and join my first team, this all happened within a few months and I couldn’t have been more excited. I’d say I’m quite competitive with everything I do, as I used to do a lot of athletic events for my school, but it is nothing in comparison to the buzz you get from racing. I hope to build my experience up and win championships, although this will require a lot of hard work and passion as well as sacrifice, especially since I was so late into karting. It’s always hard travelling to different tracks for the weekend, especially since I live in Glasgow; sometimes I’d have a bad weekend or race and it’d make the travelling seem pointless. There’s also a lot of pressure to do well and be fast, your mind is always thinking about what to do when racing and it happens within a matter of seconds before you reach a corner, therefore you need to get everything right. I have a great passion for the sport, and I’m really looking forward to what the next few years bring, hopefully advancing into cars next years.
“It was never anything I would consider, but growing up with four brothers meant I was a bit of a tomboy and was interested in quad bikes and motorsport, even people in my family were involved which influenced me more.”
ALANA TAYLOR ON FIRE
Alana Taylor was ‘on fire’ in SNR Max continuing her winning streak during the NKF. She drove remarkable all weekend, starting pole after the heats and drove a faultless final to take the chequered flag.