Zoe Wenham has announced she will remain in the Fuchs Lubricants Volkswagen Racing Cup in 2011. The Gloucestershire-based driver is changing team and car for the new season, joining SlideSports, who will run her Golf GTI.

The 16 year old competed in a Polo last year and is looking to move up the grid this season, hoping to pick up a podium finish and end the year in the top six in the championship.

Wenham said: “We opted for the Golf this year because it's a proven car, so I can concentrate on my driving and improving my results rather than developing the car.

 “I was the only girl in 2010 and I think I will be again this year, which is a shame in one way but at least it makes me unique and offers me the opportunity to capitalize on that individuality. I'm pleased that the guys treat me as they would any other competitor, though it's clear that some don't like it too much when they are beaten by a woman.”

The Supagard and Geometric Manufacturing backed driver passed her ARDS track license aged 13 and competed in the junior Saxmax series for two years, before joining the VW Cup last year. Alongside her racing, she is taking the MSA's Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence at Loughborough University.

Championship manager Melissa Wright said: “Zoe made a really positive start to her Volkswagen Racing Cup career and we very much hope that she will progress to become not only the most successful woman driver we have seen in the series but also the youngest race winner.”