Esperance Kart Klub member headed to Melbourne for Grand Prix

Awesome opportunity: 16-year-old Esperance Kart Klub member Meg Maguire is headed to Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix. Photo: Supplied.
Awesome opportunity: 16-year-old Esperance Kart Klub member Meg Maguire is headed to Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix. Photo: Supplied.

A 16-year-old Esperance Kart Klub member has been selected to drive in pre-race entertainment at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

Meg Maguire will be the first member of the club to go to the Grand Prix on Sunday, March 17. 

Meg applied to drive in the event last year. 

"We had to write about why we wanted to go, what we would get out of it and our racing journey," she said.

"In my application, I stressed that we are very regional and we don’t get many opportunities like that and I got accepted."

Meg said it would be an "awesome" and "unique experience".

"I’ve always wanted to go to the Grand Prix but we’ve never got around to it," she said.

"I’m nervous because I don't know what to expect, but the excitement overrules that."

Meg believes her selection would boost public awareness of the club. 

She was initially introduced to kart racing five years ago.

"We went for a have-a-go day for my brother," Meg said.

"But he wussed out and didn't want to have a go, so I showed him up and I just loved it, so I kept doing it. Now my whole family does it, even my seven-year-old sister, and my mum runs the canteen."

Meg said kart racing was lots of fun and said the Esperance club was a close-knit group who always helped each other out.

"If you’re on the track and something mechanically breaks down, everyone runs over and tries to help. It’s that sort of club."