#52 Mazda Mx5 driver in the Ma5daracing Championship & student at Swansea Metropolitan University, studying Motorsport Management BSc Hons


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Born: Pontypridd, South Wales
DOB: 3/27/92
Height: 5’2”
Weight: 58kg
Lives: Pontyclun, South Wales
Occupation: Student at Swansea Metropolitan University studying Motorsport Management BSc
Hobbies: Spending time with friends, going to the cinema, Tae Kwon-do, Trampolining
Started Racing: 2003
Favourite Race Track: Cadwell Park, Oulton Park and Rockingham
Heroes: Valentino Rossi, Ayrton Senna
Qualifications: Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, Red Tip Belt in Tae Kwon-do, Proficiency award 6 and 7 in Trampoline Gymnastics.

Carly started racing in 2003 at Llandow Circuit in South Wales in Honda Cadet at the age of 10. Shortly after competing in club meetings for a few months, her parents entered her into the Super 2 National Championship. After a year of intense learning chasing more experienced drivers she finished 17th in the Championship. In 2004 she competed in the Honda Cadet class at various meetings all around the country. Finishing 7th in the Super 2 National Championship, runner up in the British Women Drivers Club Kartsport Trophy, winning the Celtic Championship and she won the NKRA Southern championship.

2005 was Carly’s first year competing at Junior level in the TKM 4 stroke class. Finishing 6th in the Super 1 National Championship, winning the Celtic and Welsh championship. She was chosen to race and represent Wales at the Internations Challenge for three consecutive years. In 2007, 08 Carly concentrated on competing in the National Championships and finished 7th and 4th. In 2007 she won the ABkC National ‘O’ Plate Championship and the F6 ‘O’ plate. 2009 she made the move up into seniors and in her first race she won the round out write at Super 1.

Carly was selected to be part of the AASE course at Loughborough collage. The course was in connection with the Race Drivers Academy based at Silverstone. The course develops elite sports people in the main areas of technical development and occupational competence to benefit them within their sport.

In 2010 Carly started racing in the Ma5da Racing championship in a Mazda Mx5 Mk 1. It was a steep learning curve, having to learn all the circuits and get used to racing something that was much bigger than a Kart. Throughout the year the results soon progressed having numerous top 15 finishes within the full grids.

The 2011 season was a set of new challenges as Carly and her family decided to build their own race car rather than rent from a team. Her first race out was a good sign of races to come with the car as Carly came home with two top ten finishes at Castle Combe. Latcham Motorsport up and running once again.

Within Carly’s first year at University she competed in the British University Karting Championship representing Swansea Metropolitan University. She is now on the committee of the British Women Racing Drivers Club as the Karting secretary.

In years to come Carly aims to progress as far as possible within her racing career with an ultimate goal of competing in Touring Cars. Also within her academic achievements getting a good grade in her degree and having a successful career.


Progress with more Top 15 Finishes for Carly in Mazdas! (8/19/11)

Carly Latcham has begun her season in the Ma5da Racing Championship competing in the MK1 car within full capacity grids at each race. The Ma5da racing championship is the largest one make championship in the UK with 120+ drivers registered to take part in the championship.

After a long winter and preparing the car, Carly began her season at Castle Combe in May. Completing a test day after finishing exams, the car was running good and did not have any teething problems. It was a washout on race day, needing a boat more than a race car.

Managing to stay on track Carly qualified 12th and looking forward to her first race since 2010, Carly had a good battle with other cars and she finished in 10th. The team was very happy with this result after a long wait over the winter one test day and a top ten finish. Race two was a very similar story with Carly finishing in 9th.

The team spent time working on the car before the next race at Oulton Park getting the head skimmed. Due to work commitments the team were unable to do any testing for this meeting. This showed with a poor result in qualifying: 30th. Race 1 Carly was on a mission starting at the rear of the grid and working her way up the field to finish 11th. Race 2 was a shame with a DNF.

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Snetterton was another good weekend’s progress for Carly after qualifying in 21st. After a poor start Carly had to work her way back through the traffic a tricky race with the tyres overheating to early on. The team was pleased when she finished in 14th. Race 2 was going to be better as settings were changed on the car. A tough battle with another group of cars passing back and forth Carly finished a personal best 8th We were very pleased with the result as we know there are still alterations which need doing to the car to get it on top form.

At Brands Hatch Carly was racing in more huge grids, qualifying in 18th with the top 18 split by 1.5 seconds in pace. Race 1 was very good when Carly finished in 10th. Race 2 was a battle from start to finish when Carly was in a group of 5 cars looking for the top ten. It was a close race with Carly finishing in 13th by 0.038 of a second from 12th.

The team are pleased with the results. 'I'm very happy with how the season has gone so far, trying to find budget at the beginning of the season was tough but now I'm back out on circuit it’s been brilliant. The rest of this season we are developing and understanding the car, we will be working hard over the winter to have a good challenge with the championship next year'.

Carly on the Podium (4/2/05)

Carly Latcham took the second step on the podium at Fulbeck on April 24th in the Junior 4 Stroke final. In the opening heat she scored a win, followed by a ninth in the second and 15th in the third. This gave her an overall second place slot for the grid in the final one point away from pole man. After being dropped to fourth place on the opening lap she fought her way back up to second place closing in on the leader, when her enthusiasm created a small error which dropped her back to third briefly before taking the flag back in second place. Carly reported that ‘ the racing was really good,’ she is now lying third overall in the championship and her next round will be at Lydd on May 15th.

Carly Latcham - 2nd in the BWRDC Kart Championship (with 9 individual wins, 7th overall in the British Super 2 Championship, 2nd overall in the Llandow Kart Club Championship and the winner of the NKRA Southern Area Championship)




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