Members of the British Women Racing Drivers Club [BWRDC] are proud to represent the club at this year’s RALLYDAY event at Castle Combe circuit on Saturday 22 September
The BWRDC is proud to display members rally cars in the main rally paddock at this year’s Rallyday event, and club members will also be out on stage and track during the day, putting their competition rally cars through their paces.
The stand in the main paddock will include the Subaru of top rally driver Sara Williams, which she has taken to to three rally victories. Sara is a BWRDC GoldStars Award winner and is currently competing in the Renault Clio R3T France Trophy Cup Series.
Sara’s car will be alongside a classic Porsche 912, called Poppy, which is passionately maintained and driven by owner Rowena Purdy in the HRCR Clubmans Road Rally championship.
Completing the display is Helena Mayall’s Alfa Romeo 33, which she has lots of fun driving on stage rallies. Helena also occasionally co-drives for other BWRDC Members.
Young rising star Ashleigh Morris will be driving her Ford Fiesta R2 at the event. Ashleigh has only been competing a few years but is already achieving consistent and competitive results and was finished second in her class on last year’s Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship.
Competing alongside Ashleigh in the Motorsport News Championship is Cathy Sewart, driving for Lotusbits Rally Team in her Sunbeam Lotus. Cathy also finished the season second in her Class and 9th overall in the Championship. Cathy has been rallying for twelve years, starting in the co-driver seat then switching in 2013. She has enjoyed some top ten finishes and many class awards along the way.
Cheryl Spencer is a bit of a Sol Rally Barbados expert, having competed in the event 5 times since 2008 with a highest finish of second in the Clubman Class. Cheryl loves rallying and will be out on track in her Vauxhall Astra 2lt red top, easy to spot with it’s glitter pink and green livery which was designed for Rally Barbados this year.
Delivering the notes from the co-drivers seat of the second Lotusbits Sunbeam is 17yr old Louise Gilks. Louise has grown up with Rallying, helping her dad from a very young age then stepping into the co-driver seat at 14 years old. Aside from studying for a Baccalaureate in Engineering she is also a very proficient mechanic for the Lotusbits rally team.
One of the most experienced BWRDC co-drivers is Cat Lund, who won the Belgian FIRC Championship twice with her fiance Andy Rowe. Cat was also twice BWRDC co-driver champion and a previous GoldStar Award winner in 2011. Now she co-drives professionally and will be sitting with driver Adrian Drury in his Drury Deliveries Peugeot 106 GTi on the feature stage.
The British Women Racing Drivers Club was founded in 1962 by Mary Wheeler MBE. Mary started the Club to represent the interests of women competitors, including campaigning for better facilities for women at race tracks back in the 60s. Since then the women in the club have held their own in events from racing to hill climbing and rallying. Club members have set records, inspired trophies and won championships and now they inspire a new generation of ambitious women.
The Club today offers experience and guidance to its members and continues to support and promote women in all forms of motorsport. Members have the opportunity to receive recognition for their achievements through the club championships for MSA approved disciplines and through the BWRDC GoldStars Awards, which are designed to showcase talent and help the winners to promote and progress their motorsport careers.
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