New Girl on the block
It’s not very often that we discuss women in motorsports, so this week I’m taking a look at the career of Jenny Tinmouth who has already broken plenty of records in her career and this summer will become a member of the Honda racing team in the British Superbike Championship.
Jenny is no stranger to breaking records and being the first to achieve something. She is the current female Isle of Man TT lap record holder and gained a Guinness World Record for doing that in 2009. Not content with that, she broke the record again the following year with an average lap speed of 119.945mph and another Guinness World record. She made it a hat-trick of Guinness World records by becoming the first and so far only female to compete in the British Superbike Championship.
Tinmouth was the first women to enter and qualify to race in the British 125gp Championship. Back in 2004 at Brands Hatch, she actually led the race, not bad considering she started from 19th on the grid. Safely she crashed out of the race soon after. A couple of rounds later she started 20th on the grid at Mallory Park but managed to finish 10th. A pretty good result really because the previous round had seen her dislocate her left collar bone.
2009 saw her achieve a podium finish when she came third in the Supersport Cup Championship. Even better was to come the following year when she won the Supersport Cup at Silverstone. That year saw her attain more points than anyone else in the Supersport Cup Championship but a points count back system was used and she only finished third. Dodgy points systems in motorsport, thank heavens that never happens in F1.
2011 saw Jenny competing in the British Superbike Championship for the Splitlath Motorsport team. It didn’t go too well though and she pulled out after three months due to a series of mechanical failures and not enough time testing. Not one to give up, Jenny formed her own team making her the first ever female British Superbike Team owner.
The following year saw her win the Women’s International Film and Television Showcase, International Visionary Awards ‘IT Girl’ awarded in Los Angeles, for her commitment and dedication to her sport.
2015 promises to be a really special year for Jenny. It was recently announced that the 36-year-old will become a member of the Honda Racing team for the 2015 British Superbike Championship and will compete in all 12 rounds of the series.
She’s described becoming a member of the team as her “ultimate dream come true”. Last year she rode in qualifying for TWR Honda but when she attended a recent meeting she thought was just going to be discussing the coming season. “I went into the meeting thinking it would just be some help and came out as a full-time Honda rider.”
Head of motorcycles at Honda Nick Campolucci said: “Jenny joins the team on merit and we are very pleased that we have the opportunity to work with her.”
Team manager Havier Beltran added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Jenny. This year will be a huge learning curve, getting used to the team and the bike, but will also really push her in the series and hopefully generate some good results. We’ve been aware of Jenny for a while now, not only being the only female in the BSB series but also her successes at the Isle of Man and can’t wait to see her on the bike at the first test in March.”