By Tyler Hooks
Future Stars of RC is a regular column on LiveRC where aspiring RC journalist Tyler Hooks has a conversation with fellow up-and-coming racers across the country, covering youth-friendly topics such as school subjects, watching TV, throwing huge whips and, of course, girls.
The 2018 Reedy Race included quite a few female racers, and among them leading the charge was Kamryn Ayers. The Arizona native is already a West Coast example of female speed and poise. In a male-dominated industry, Ayers fights the status quo and races with a fierce competitive edge.
Name: Kamryn Ayers
Age: 16 Years Old
Sponsors: Team Associated, JConcepts, Reedy, Hobby Action, Stick It 1 Racing, and Schelle
TH: When did you first begin racing?
KA: I first began racing in July of 2012 when I was only 10 years old.
TH: What is your biggest racing accomplishment?
KA: My biggest racing accomplishment to date is probably still my 2015 Cactus Classic win, as it is what put my name on the racing scene.
TH: What is your worst racing failure?
KA: One of my biggest racing failures has to be my luck at the Reedy Race. Every year I seem to struggle with the level of competition, and can’t put together the runs I know I am capable of.
TH: Where do you attend school, and what is your goal for a future occupation?
KA: I currently attend Sunrise Mountain High School, and don’t know exactly what I want to do after high school. I do know that want to attend college and major in history though.
TH: What is your favorite class?
KA: As I said before, I want to major in history as it’s my favorite subject. But my favorite class for racing is 4WD modified buggy. Send it!
TH: Do you have a boyfriend?
KA: Yes, I do have a boyfriend. He doesn’t race toy cars though, he isn’t as big of a nerd as me.
TH: What do you think of the old saying “girls just get in the way of racing?”
KA: The great thing about racing is that boys have absolutely no advantage over girls on the track. We can be just as fast as the boys!
TH: What is your real dream car?
KA: I don’t really know much about cars, but I just turned 16 and love my 2017 Mazda 3!
TH: Huge whips, driving absolutely flat out or more calculated driving, smoother on the throttle?
KA: I know smooth and steady driving is the way to win, and would like to say I drive like that, but I can’t. I pull way too much trigger. Oops.
TH: Action sports or conventional sports, what do you follow in your free time?
KA: I don’t follow many sports, but when I do it’s typically football. My family is from back east so I’m a huge Patriots fan.
TH: Do you have any major goals for 2018?
KA: My goals for the 2018 racing season are to drive smarter and hopefully check off some names on the list of who to beat!
TH: Who did you look up to when you were an even younger racer? Who has been the biggest help to you as a driver?
KA: Well, there are two people who have been helping my dad and I since the very beginning: Spencer Rivkin and Tommy Hinz. I’ve got to watch both drivers get faster and faster to where they are today and I hope I can do the same.
TH: What is the biggest piece of advice you would give to a new, up-and-coming racer?
KA: My biggest piece of advice? Don’t crash.