2009 Ginetta Junior champion Sarah Moore joined some of the biggest names in motorsport as she took the British Club Driver of the Year award at the Autosport Awards.
The 16-year-old became the first female to win a national mixed-sex championship, a performance that also saw her nominated for a BBC award, before picking up the prize at the Autosport ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel, which also saw champions Jenson Button and Colin Turkington take home accolades.
And with 2009 increasingly in the past Moore is already planning 2010, on and off the track.
As one of the most high profile young British racers she will appear on the Autosport Stage at the Autosport Internation Show, held at Brimingham's NEC January 14-17.
She will look back on her 2009 breakthrough as well as her plans and aspirations for the future (the G40 car she will race next year is being launched at the event) and passing on advice to any other young drivers looking to become champions.
“I started out racing karts, which you can do from about six or seven years old,” says Moore. “It’s really easy to get into, as you can hire karts until you get used to it and before committing to buy one. Having this sort of advice available at Autosport International will be really helpful to other young people who want to start racing.”
Also on hand to help young drivers will be Go Motorsport, a movement back by the Motor Sports Association (MSA), who will run a dedicated “Under 17 Motorsport” stand at the show, providing information about several schemes that allow you behind the wheel before you can hold a driving license and routes of entry in series such as Formula Renault, SaxMax, junior rallying, karting and, of course, Ginetta Juniors.