Malaysian and Hong Kong racing driver Katrina Ee has been selected to be a part of More Than Equal’s first-ever driver development programme. The 14-year-old karter is one of six women who have been selected from applicants around the world.

By Nida Anis

Launched by former Formula One driver David Coulthard, More Than Equal is a non-profit initiative aiming to find and develop the first female Formula One World Drivers’ Champion. It seeks to identify barriers to women and girls’ participation in motorsport through extensive research, and to employ a data-driven approach to help close the gender performance gap.

More Than Equal selected its six successful candidates using their in-house global talent ranking system. Katrina Ee will join fellow programme members Ivonn Simeonova, Kristýna Kalistová, Lana Flack, Laura Bubenová, and Skye Parker in receiving support from Hintsa Performance, the Smedley Group, driver coaches Sarah Moore and Jordan King, and former Olympic programme developer Tom Stanton.

In addition to this, four female drivers under the age of 13 from Italy, Japan, Poland, and the UK have been selected for the More Than Equal Driver Preparation Programme. This will provide them with age-appropriate talent development and preparation, with a view to them progressing further within the More Than Equal talent pipeline in the future.

Speaking about the Driver Development programme, Coulthard said, “We are pleased and proud to kick off a new era for young female drivers in motorsport with the launch of the more than equal driver development programme.

“This group of talented young drivers will now be part of a programme which has been designed with their age and their gender in mind, with specialist coaches supporting their journey and helping to maximise their potential. This is a hugely exciting moment.”

Multiple karting champion Ee’s road to success

Ee began karting at the age of seven in 2017. Initially taking up the sport as a hobby alongside her sister, she then began pursuing it competitive throughout Asia from 2019.

In 2022, the Malaysian-Hong Kong driver achieved her first championship victories, becoming the IAME Series Asia Champion and Rotax Max Challenge Malaysia Champion. She secured three further karting titles the following year, becoming the Rotax Trophy Asian Champion, IAME Series Asian Champion, and ROK Cup Asian Champion.

2024 will see Ee participate in six rounds of the Champions of the Future Academy championship across the Middle East and Europe, in addition to other karting series in the region.

Ee: More Than Equal “way beyond anything I could have every imagined”

In a press release published by CBR Media, Ee said, “I still can’t believe that I’ve been selected by the More Than Equal panel to join their driver development programme.

“Growing up racing in Asia, I just worked hard and drove as fast as I could, but after speaking to the team at More Than Equal and hearing about their approach to driver development, it is way beyond anything I could have ever imagined.

“I aim to maximise this opportunity and learn as much as I can, in hopes it gives me the speed and the education to move up the racing ladder. It is amazing and I’m just so thankful for this opportunity. I can’t wait to get started!”

Header photo credit: CBR Media

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