LADY racer Jodie Chalk has impressed from Knockhill to Brands in 10 years of two-wheeled competition.
And 2017 looks to be another year of impression, as the 23 year-old Scot once again storms the Stewart Events ThundersportGB grid to take on the Thundersport 500 championship.
Chalk started her career in 2007 aboard an Aprilia 125 which she piloted to 11th in the Melville Club Championship, as well as to eighth overall in the NEMCRC series.
Positions in the two clubs advanced the following year, and by 2009 she had secured second overall with Melville’s 125 class, won the North East club championship, and had a guest appearance on a Superstock 600 at the Scottish Championship, finishing 13th out of 40 after starting at the back of the grid.
In 2010 the Glenrothes girl made her first foray into ThundersportGB, where she finished 29th out of 63 in the stock championship on a Triumph 675, missing three of the eleven rounds due to injury.
The next five years were highlighted by a seventh in the championship in 2012, as well as fourth in her home Scottish Championship Superstock 600 campaign, where she finised just three places behind British Championship standout and mini-moto ace Lewis Rollo.
But 2016 brought a turning point for Chalk, when the running costs of middleweight racing became too high for their homegrown operation.
Instead of packing in and calling time on her career, the Fife family faction bought two CB500s and went off to the races in Thundersport, the Scottish Championship, and the Melville Club championship.
While the year began with a steady string of top tens on grids regularly surpassing 50 machines at ThundersportGB, Chalk landed on the podium by round five at Oulton Park, and wound out the throttle for the remaining races of the season.
Over the next three rounds, she racked up eight additional podium finishes, ultimately culminating in her first Thundersport 500 class victory at Donington Park.
Although not enough could be done to keep touch with the runaway title fighters Ryan Vickers and eventual champion Joe Barton, Chalk sealed third in the championship in her first ever run at the class.
With the knowledge gained over a fruitful year, the fighting Fifer plans to once again take on the always hotly-contested Thundersport 500 championship, as well as the Melville CB500 championship where she rewrote the previous lap record and won all but one race on her way to raising the trophy.
Wherever racing may find her, one thing’s for certain- Chalk might leave the pack in a cloud of dust…
*Images supplied by Team Jodie Chalk