Sheffield Shannon shows the boys how to race

Star Superkid Shannon Ellis, 16.
Star Superkid Shannon Ellis, 16.
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Stock car racing is seen by many as a man’s sport.

Yet Shannon Ellis, aged just 16, is thriving – and no stranger to the winner’s podium.

She is one of only five girls who compete in her class across the country – and one of them is older sister Jacklyn.

The teenager of Darton, Barnsley, loves the sound, smell and atmosphere of stock car racing and, when she graduated from ministox racing did so with top honours. And now shehas been nominated for a sports honour in The Star’s Superkids awards because of her sporting ability.

Proud dad Chris said: “It’s very unusual for a girl to do so well in this sport, I’m really proud of her and Jacklyn.

“Shannon is one of only five girls from 700 racers in the country. She has retired from ministox racing, which you do at 16, with a red roof which is given only to the drivers who are the best.

“It’s a very aggressive sport and although there are a few girls coming through in ministox there are hardly any in F2.”

Shannon’s skill is all the more impressive as her arm was severely broken in 2008 when she was playing on a trampoline – putting her career on hold for a year.

n There is still time to nominate brave, inspirational or talented youngsters for The Star Superkids.

Email with the name of nominee, nominator and contact details with a brief description, in under 100 words, of why they should be a Superkid, by April 20.

Alternatively write to Superkids, Promotions department, York Street, Sheffield, S1 1PU.