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YRDA member Logan Hannah will “definitely” return to WHT in 2019 after semi-final exit

Logan Hannah vows to return to the Walter Hayes Trophy next year after her first appearance ended early in a start line semi-final crash.

Young Racing Driver Academy member Hannah qualified ninth in her heat and finished eighth, sending her straight to the semi-finals in just her second weekend in car racing with Graham Brunton Racing.

The Scottish 17-year-old needs an International C racing licence for the next step in her career and entered the Scottish Formula Ford season finale to gain signatures.

“It was at my doorstep, at Knockhill, and I enjoyed it so much [I thought] why not come down here,” Hannah explained to FF1600website at the WHT.

Her heat proved to be the only bit of racing experience she could add, as her run in the semi-final ended almost instantly, despite a strong start.

Bit of a shame really. Some drivers said it was horrible at the first corner but I didn’t even make it to there. The guy in front of me just couldn’t get it into second, [his] wheels locked up and went straight over my front. My race over before it had even started.

“For a second weekend in the car to make it through to the semi-final first try was an achievement on its own. But still pretty disappointed.”

When asked if she would be back next year, in which Hannah is aiming to compete in British Formula 4, subject to budget, she had a resounding answer.

“Definitely. I’ve enjoyed it so much this year. Arden [partnered with the YRDA] will be watching it on the live timing and will be getting an earful from me when I get back there next month.”

Hannah is still full-time at school, but got a week off for the WHT, meaning it “wasn’t all negatives in the end”.

“I’m having to balance school and racing,” she explained.

“But over the years through karting and what not you learn to pick and choose your battles and the school’s very supportive of what I do, so it makes it all much easier.”

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