Bideford College student, 13, wins Reg Thomas Memorial Shield ministox race

Northam’s teenage racing sensation Hannah Esau has added another piece of silverware to her ever-expanding collection.

The 13-year-old retained the Reg Thomas Memorial Shield on Sunday, coming through two tough heats.

After finishing ninth in her first heat, the Bideford College student bounced back to win her second heat and qualify for the final.

Racing in her 1,000cc Mini, Esau managed to hold her nerve and her title, winning the shield for the second successive year.

Esau admitted it was nice to compete in a more ‘relaxed’ race, following the Cornish Championships back in July. She failed to finish there following spins which caused irreparable damage for the last race on a ‘wet and greasy’ track, held at the exposed Smeatharpe Stadium.

Racing is in Hannah’s blood, with her father, Chris, a seasoned F2 stock car racer with over a decade of experience, and his uncle, Jim, a former World champion in the sport.

With no championship races to focus on, Hannah’s attention returns to regular meets and gaining the necessary points needed to move her into a higher grade.

Hannah said: “The more points you win, the higher your grade; the higher the grade, the further back on the grid you start, needing to pass more cars.”

Juggling school work and a busy racing calendar isn’t easy, but the young driver has been able to find a balance between work and play.

“I get my homework done straight away, so I can go racing at the weekends,” she said.

A win at her next race in Redruth on the bank holiday weekend is a ‘major goal’ for a driver who is one of just three girls in her 11-16-year-old Ministox category.