MOTORSPORT: FEMALE race ace Jenny Tinmouth is looking for help from new sponsors to help to keep her 125cc British Championship bid on track.
The 25-year-old from Pooltown Road is competing in her debut season at national level and will be in action at Oulton Park this weekend as she competes in her fourth round this year.
Battling it out against all-male fields of opponents, Jenny, who works at Chester-based Bill Smith Motors, turns out for Liverpool's PR Racing team.
However, the Merseyside outfit do not have the funds to run a factory team and both Jenny and her teammate Gordon Blackley, who competes in the British Superbike Championships that runs in tandem with the 125cc event, are classed as privateers.
Jenny said: 'I have to find about £2,000 a year just to take part, while my running costs for each race include £100 for tyres and a further £100 for fuel. It's really tough to find the cash to compete in every round.
'Next season I'm hoping to follow in the footsteps of another female racer, Maria Costello, and have a crack at the 600cc Championship, but really I need to find myself some more backers. I've got some great people assisting me already, including Ron Donovan of Data Network Associates and Steve Bardley is a terrific help as my mechanic, but any additional support would be greatly appreciated.'
The only female racer involved in this year's 125cc series, Jenny has had a few technical problems with her new bike this season, which resulted in several starts near the back of the grid, but she has completed all her races, mostly on the same lap as the leaders.
She said: 'It's a different system for setting up the fuel and I've had to adjust the suspension, but I'm really enjoying competing at this level and love the atmosphere with the bigger crowds. I know a lot of the riders from my club days and most of them are really nice and often ask how I'm getting on.'
* If you can help Jenny with sponsorship, call Christopher Beesley at the Pioneer on 0151 356 2494.