With this third article, our feature on women of karting continues. The protagonist of this episode is the young Swedish driver Cecilia Hedqvist.
Racing for Ward Racing, Cecilia Hedqvist was among the female protagonists of the home race of Kristianstad. Engaged in OKJ, the Sweden brought home a significant experience, as she said, alongside the category's top seeded drivers.
Below, an excerpt of the interview with Cecilia Hedqvist, present in full in the next issue of Vroom in January.
Cecilia, how was your season?
It was a season of highs and lows. I had hoped for a podium in the series in the north of Sweden, but I think I was more competitive when I was driving in the south. My best result in a race was mid-season when it rained a lot and I won my first heat, then finishing third in the final. I learned a lot this year and I raced a lot. And I also took part in great competitions for the first time, like the World Championship in Kristianstad.
Your best memory until now?
My best memory is tied to the Mini 60, when during a race the engine did not start immediately, so I had to start the race last. In any case, I was the fastest driver on the track and went up to second place and it seemed like a victory. It was also a lot of fun to see my father celebrate with me when I crossed the line.
What do you think about the level of the women's competitiveness?
I think it's fun that there are several girls competing and that we all manage to have a good relationship to support each other. We're not just trying to be the best, but we're trying to beat the guys. In this world everyone competes on equal terms and everyone wants to win.
Trd. Luigi Monteferrante