Races entered: 31
First race: 2010 60cc Easykart Championship Barbados, finished second
Favourite car: Mercedes W09, which I worked on during my work experience at the Mercedes F1 team
Favourite track: Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (Mosport)
Racing hero: Jackie Stewart
Proudest moment: Qualifying on pole for the first time in a car, at Road Atlanta in the rain, against a two-time US national champion and several drivers who have won national-level championships
Life ambition: To work in Formula 1
Megan Gilkes is a 18 year old Canadian racer who began racing at just nine years old.
Her racing highlights include finishing second in F1200 Canada in 2018 and third in F1200 Canada in 2017.
What motivated you to get into motorsport?
From the first time I drove a kart, I fell in love with driving. From then on, my passion for racing has continued to grow. Although I’ve played other sports competitively, nothing beats driving a race car fast.
Who is your inspiration and why?
My inspiration in racing is Divina Galica. She is a role model for me in everything that she has done in her career, and has been a huge help to me right from the start of mine through her coaching and support. She took me under her wing at my first race school where she was my instructor, stayed in touch with me ever since, and has been instrumental in my preparation for the W Series.
What advice would you give to girls thinking about getting into motorsport?
I would recommend to girls to pester their parents to let them get into karting to start off with. Get as much seat time as possible to gain valuable experience, and drive whatever they can.
What would it mean to you to win the W Series title?
It would mean the world to me. My goal ever since my first race has been to drive in Formula 1, and given the talent and experience of the W Series drivers, winning the W Series be a huge step towards achieving that goal.
W Series Testing. Lausitzring, Germany. Sunday 14th April 2019. Copyright, 2019, Colin McMaster/LAT Images/W Series.