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PUBLISHED: 15:57 09 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:38 23 August 2010



Date: 07.04.08

Tess Holden who has become a grid girl
Ref:  Pictures by  Andy Barnes

Date: 07.04.08 Tess Holden who has become a grid girl Ref: Pictures by Andy Barnes

Kentish Times

A 21-YEAR-OLD model has been chosen ahead of thousands to win a place as one of the grid girls at Superbike events across the UK. Tess Holden, 21, of Bracondale Avenue, Istead Rise, near Gravesend, was unveiled as one of the 12 2008 Bennetts Babes Squad

A 21-YEAR-OLD model has been chosen ahead of thousands to win a place as one of the grid girls at Superbike events across the UK.

Tess Holden, 21, of Bracondale Avenue, Istead Rise, near Gravesend, was unveiled as one of the 12 2008 Bennetts' Babes Squad last Friday.

The former Northfleet School for Girls' pupil will now grace the grid and pose on the podium at the 12 Bennetts sponsored British Superbike rounds.

Last year former Celebrity Big Brother star and ex-Miss Great Britain Danielle Lloyd was the face of the brand but was dropped after her behaviour on the show for alleged bullying of Shilpa Shetty.

Now in its fifth year, the search for the final 12 girls was launched by FHM High Street Honey Kayleigh Pearson.

Miss Holden (pictured) will also represent the bike insurance company at the UK rounds of the World Superbike Championship.

She said: "I was so happy when they told me I had been chosen as one of the girls.

"I was slowly getting into modelling and when I heard about the opportunity I thought I should apply.

"I was told to come to an audition, and the whole process was a nerve wracking experience, I think there were more than 1000 girls that applied.

"There are so many gorgeous girls in the world, and to compete with all of those and make it through and to be chosen is just great."

Her first meeting was Round One of the British Superbikes at Brands Hatch last Sunday but it was cancelled due to heavy snow.

"There was no way they were going to be able to hold the race, there was snow everywhere, so instead we all had a snowball fight with each other.

"The next race is in two weeks at Thruxton which I am really looking forward to.

"It's really exciting working with the other girls, meeting the fans and representing Gravesend while at the same time travelling around the country."

Sixty finalists were selected to attend castings and a team of 12 were the chosen.

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