Like many other popular sports, oval racing is male-dominated but a female driver from Barrhead has shown her worth on the circuit and is seeking support from local businesses.
Siobhan Martin (24), is the only female in her oval-racing class and despite evidence of equal driving ability, it is common that males attract more sponsorship in such sports.
Siobhan said: “Not many people have heard of this type of racing however it is huge throughout the UK and is very competitive. Racing is in my blood and the thrill I get each time I am on the track is unexplainable.
“Being a female in a male-dominated sport can be difficult at times however it makes victory all the more sweet.”
Siobhan’s interest in racing began when she was a youngster and started in oval racing, following in her parents footsteps.
At the age of 12 she was already winning competitions. She started out in the Ministox, which is a car recommended for children as young as 11.
She gradually moved on up in terms of racing classes and the power of cars that she was driving to 1400cc Stockrods.
Now for the third consecutive year, Siobhan is Scottish National Points Champion and has won or placed in a number of other championships including becoming Scottish Champion in 2015 and more recently 2nd in the European championship at Foxhall Stadium in Ipswich.
Siobhan continued: “I have been racing since the age of 12 and I have never lost the love or passion I have for the sport. Without the support from my sponsors I wouldn’t be where I am today and I am very thankful for all the help I receive. I am hoping to try out circuit racing soon and improve my chances of being noticed by larger organisations which will help progress my career in a sport that I love.”
Short Oval racing may look like a version of Nascar, but they are nothing alike. While both sports require racing around a track, Short Oval racing comes with a dangerous twist — the drivers intentionally crash into each other in the ‘contact’ variety of racing styles.
There are different categories, such as stock cars and bangers. Bangers is the most popular category, and is also the most dangerous seeing as the goal is to take your opponent out of the race.
Thankfully, we can advise that Siobhan, being the sensible girl she is, participates in the ‘non-contact’ version of the sport at her home track in Lochgelly.
Anyone interested in a sponsorship package should contact Siobhan directly on 0141 881 8108 or visit ‘Shuv-On Martin Racing’ on Facebook.