In the beginning

One up and coming girl racer of this new era is 14 year old Logan Hannah, who is not only dreaming of success, but clinically focussed on the pursuit of her ambitions to become a professional racing driver in top level motorsports. Taking it a step further, the British born, Dubai based schoolgirl has quite specific professional racing ambitions and one day wants to compete in the USA’s Indy Car racing series.

Logan has embarked upon a 2-3 year racing programme in junior and senior karting championships which could potentially set her on the road to her eventual target of becoming a professional racing driver and realising her goal.

Racing karts in only her second full season in the ultra-competitive Middle East Rotax Max Challenge in the United Arab Emirates and Oman, she has already caused quite a stir in the local karting scene, and is determined to take her racing to the next level, on the international circuits.

Follow Logan’s story here……..

Positively influenced at an early age by her father Graeme’s involvement in motorsport as a competitor, racing and winning trophies in a Radical SR3 in the Middle East Radical Winter Cup for several seasons, Logan was always a regular team member in her dads pit garage on practice and race days.

Even at the tender young age of 12, Logan stood out in the pit lane by taking an extraordinary interest in the racing scene, and not just the on track action, but the technical and operational aspects of the all the garage action. Shunning the air-conditioned hospitality suite and track views, preferring instead to hang out with the drivers and mechanics in the garage, she has always taken a keen close-up interest in car preparation, set up and repairs.

Logan Hannah Racing

Before getting behind the wheel herself, Logan was always in the pits, taking a keen interest in car set up and the technical aspects
of the sport and helping her father prepare his Radical SR 3 race car.

Sometimes seen on the pit wall timing her dad on track, often attending the drivers briefing, or checking out dad’s telemetry / data and onboard video. But whatever Logan was watching, her enquiring mind was always absorbing all there was to learn. It was obvious to all concerned that young Miss Hannah was destined to get behind the wheel of a kart at the earliest opportunity!

As her father Graeme says “As much as she has enjoyed coming to the events, she always said, ‘Dad, I’d rather be driving.”

A Radical Approach

Logan Hannah Racing
Logan recently experienced the power and aero downforce of the Radical, SR 3 as a passenger with her father Graeme driving at the Dubai Autodrome.

And so it began. Logan’s introduction to driving began with some exploratory practice sessions on rental karts in the summer of 2013 at the Dubai Indoor Kartdrome before progressing onto the faster leisure karts at the more demanding outdoor circuit next door.

It didn’t take long before Logan’s consistent lap times and enthusiasm behind the wheel convinced her parents to let her have a go in open competition, in this case, the junior class of the renowned Sodi World Series (SWS).

Although still basically a ‘leisure kart’ the series is nevertheless, highly competitive as can be testified to, by Formula 1 McLaren superstar Fernando Alonso’s recent impromptu foray into the senior class of SWS racing in Dubai where he battled hard against class local drivers to achieve 4th and 5th places in his races.

Logan Hannah Racing
Logan recently experienced the power and aero downforce of the Radical, SR 3 as a passenger with her father Graeme driving at the Dubai Autodrome.

Young Logan’s first SWS race was in September 2013 and it didn’t take long before her efforts on and off the track were recognised after qualifying to represent UAE in the SWS World Junior Karting Finals in May 2014, at the karting track within the precinct of the legendary Le Mans 24 hour race circuit in France.

Logan was selected to compete with over 260 junior and senior drivers, from 20 different nations at the SWS Junior World Finals as the # 3 ranked girl racer in the top 20 junior SWS drivers in the world, based on points accumulated in SWS races at her home track at the Dubai Autodrome.

Le Manns

Logan Hannah Racing
Logan getting to grips with the SWS kart and damp conditions at the iconic Le Mans circuit.

Positively Realistically, Logan didn’t go to Le Manns with the expectation of an overall podium result, but rather to gain vital experience in the ‘cut and thrust’ and ‘rough and tumble’ of SWS racing but she finished a credible [X] against much more experienced racers.

Perhaps Logan be returning to the neighbouring Le Manns car circuit one day behind the wheel of an endurance racing car?