Katia Loggie says her main goal is to benefit from the experience of multiple champions EXCELR8 after joining the Vertu Motors MINI CHALLENGE Trophy grid for her first season of competitive motorsport.

The Scottish youngster forms part of EXCELR8’s multi-car entry into the Cooper class for 2023 as she embarks on the first phase of her racing career, with her only previous on-track experience coming from a brief spell of karting at the Boyndie circuit.

The 17-year-old made her series debut at Brands Hatch earlier this month, staying out of trouble to secure three solid finishes from the three races around the short Indy layout.

She now heads for Snetterton next month keen to continue her education around the longest circuit on the calendar.

“I am beyond excited at the chance to race with EXCELR8 for my rookie season in the MINI CHALLENGE, as the team has shown it has the determination and skill required to win multiple championship titles,” she admits.

“From the moment I was introduced to Justina, I was impressed with her professionalism and with the reputation that the team has, it left me in no doubt that it was the right place for me to be at this stage in my career.

“My long-term goal is to launch a career as a racing driver and show people what I can do, but I know I have chosen a highly-competitive series with a talented field of drivers as a starting point.

“With that in mind, my aim this season is to learn as much as possible and focus on moving forwards until I’m in a position where I can confidently challenge for some strong results.”

Justina Williams, EXCELR8 Team Owner, said she hoped to see Loggie progress as the season goes on.

“Katia is a young driver who has a huge amount of determination and we are delighted to welcome her into the team,” she said.

“Joining the Cooper grid is a big step for a rookie but we are looking forward to working with her during the season ahead to realise her goals, and are excited to see what she can achieve on track.”