19/06 - Cécilia Asquini: a dream come true

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For the only round of the F4 Eurocup 1.6 championship to be held in France, a third female driver takes to the track. At just 21, Cécilia Asquini, winner of the Défi Kart Jeunes (the Youth Kart Challenge organized for 16-22 year olds by the French motorsport federation and utility company EDF with the aim of promoting young karting talent), will see her dream come true at Magny-Cours.

Cécilia first got into karting at the age of 8 thanks to her father. “I just love it. For 12 years now I’ve been driving karts in amateur competitions, but getting to the next rung on the ladder is financially inaccessible. I’ve taken part in countless races, both solo and in teams. I’ve finished 2nd in the ESSEC 24-hour race twice. In any case, I'm happy, because ever since the start I've fitted right into male teams which have thought of me not so much as a girl, but more as a driver. In terms of car racing, I recently took part in the K.Cup Academy, among 1250 participants, driving a Logan Cup. I finished fifth overall and best female. In 2008 I drove in the Total Grand Prix de France, for which the prize was to take part in Formul’Academy Euro Series, now called F4 Eurocup 1.6, organized within the context of the French F1 Grand Prix. Unfortunately I only finished 5th, it was quite disappointing.”

But in December 2009, Cécilia took part in the Défi Kart Jeunes ‘to confirm her potential in Karting’ and evened the score for 2008, because, as winner, she earned the prize of training follow-up at the Auto Sport Academy and won an official selection day. At long last the doors of motorsport were starting open. So it is with a great deal of excitement and a few nerves that Cécilia will be taking part in the French round of the World Series by Renault.

“I had four days of driving, including one at the Magny-Cours circuit. It poured with rain, and I must admit I’m still not entirely happy with conditions like that. Formula Renault 1.6 is a fun single-seater to drive, quite demanding, but a great way to get started. I’m not quite as confident as some of the other drivers who already have two races behind them. That said, I can’t wait to be there, and I say a quick prayer every day that it won't rain!" Her goal for the weekend? “I just don’t want to be last! I’m hoping to put on a good show, to make the FFSA proud and also to thank them. I want to do the same for the Auto Sport Academy and in particular my instructor, Mathieu Zangarelli. To show that the hard work has paid off. Also, I’m hoping to compete in a full championship next season, so if I do well here it certainly won’t do me any harm for the future."