MOTOR SPORT: ELLESMERE Port race ace Jenny Tinmouth got her British 125gp Championship campaign off to a solid start at Brands Hatch on Monday, finishing the first race of the season.
The 27-year-old, who competes in almost exclusively all-male fields, finished the round in 21st place.
She said: 'It was really crowded out there. There were 52 bikes to start with but only 40 places in the race, so 12 riders had to go home without making it into the final cut. My goal for this season is to constantly get into the top 15 and score points. I'm getting close to that and I'm only a couple of seconds away.'
Jenny, who collected the Ann Tubby award last year while also finishing third in the East Midlands Racing Association Championship and becoming the first female to score points in a British Championship race, has had an interesting winter break.
As well as acquiring new sponsor David Hughes, she left her job as a mechanic at Chester-based Bill Smith Motors after six years' service to set up her own motorcycle business Two Wheel Workshop, based on Rossmore Road West, with Stephen Bradley.
Jenny said: 'We do all kinds of bikes - road bikes, race bikes and even quads - and are situated in the back workshop of my dad's premises.'
The only other female racer in the British 125gp Championship is Sheffield's Lisa Thorne and both will now be looking forward to the second round in Thruxton in two weeks' time.
For more details on Jenny's Two Wheel Workshop, log on to www.twowheelworkshop.co.uk or call 07840 272 916.