Tuesday, 17 July 2007
Just a quick update! I had a fantastic practice session at Stowe circuit, Silverstone on Saturday where as well as some intructor tuition we were actually allowed in the cars on our own and we even practiced racing starts off the grid! It was an exhausting day but I learnt a lot (such as heel and toe!) and hopefully I can get another session in the car before my first race at Pembrey on the 28th! (thats so soon)
I have to say as well as the excitement, the odd nerve is starting to creep in about the first hairpin at Pembrey - I can just see all 16 of us flying up to the first corner, all crashing and the race being red flagged!
Anyway, with regard to sponsorship I am just about sorted now - It has been tough however raising the £12,00 (plus VAT) to pay for my part in the Championship and it has dawned on me how difficult motorsport is to break into because of all the money involved. As well as Laverton Properties, InTechnology and Blacks Solicitors I have also approached a company called eyeonit who install on board cameras in race cars as well as for the police. I am therefore having a camera attached to my car for the races which should be brilliant and I will hopefully be able to watch the race back and see where I went wrong or right as the case may be!
Thank you again for reading and your support. Feel free to leave me a comment!
Wednesday, 11 July 2007
My sponsorship is hopefully well on the way now with BLACKS SOLICITORS, LAVERTON PROPERTIES LIMITED, INTECHNOLOGY AND EVERYMAN/EYEONIT all showing interest in partnering my team! Come on Sleathy!
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Friday, 29 June 2007
Friday, 1 June 2007
After reaching the 100 finalists I have now started my intrepid adventure of trying to gain as much publicity as possible and also trying to obtain some interest from local and national businesses regarding sponsoring and becoming a partner of myself as a racing driver and with Formula Woman.
The Birmingham Mail have been fantastic and are hopefully publishing another article about my recent success early next week (wk beginning 4th June) so fingers crossed that will be read by a multi millionaire with plenty of cash to spare!!!
Anyone who is reading this and feels that they might be able to provide me with advice or is willing to assist with publicity or sponsorship please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for reading and your support so far.
Sunday, 20 May 2007
Friday, 11 May 2007
My stomach was certainly churning with butterflies as we set out from Birmingham on the 45 minute journey to Curborough Sprint Circuit, Fradley Park near Lichfield to take part in our initial assessment to try and progress into the final 100 in the formula woman motorsport competition. I say we and not I as my Mum Kate had joined me at a previous track day with Formula Woman at Brands Hatch and I had persuaded her to enter the competition as well! We both passed the paper shift stage of the assessment and were thus embarking on our morning assessment session at Curborough.
We arrived early and registered with Formula Woman team member Vicky Lloyd. I was put into Group 2 out of 4 with 7 to 8 people in each group.
First up was our presentation stage where we had to demonstrate our knowledge and dedication in a one to one interview with one of the team members. I had created a poster presentation consisting of photos from my previous track days in a Lotus Elise and a Caterham 7 as well as a copy of my article in the Birmingham Mail and a "recipe for success in motorsport" with key elements I feel essential for succeeding in the sport.
Second up was the best bit....the adrenalin rush of the Caterham track driving around the sprint circuit.
The track driving involved driving alongside an instructor/assessor for 5 laps around the circuit, the first 3 where the instructor was able to give feedback and advice and 2 final laps where I had to independently drive with no input from the assessor. These final 2 laps were assessed. These 5 laps were absolutely fantastic and went far too quickly! I just wanted to stay out there and keep improving! By the 5th lap my confidence had increased and I was clipping the apexes and accelerating down the straight like Michael Schumacher!
The 3rd part of the assessment involved a written test on motorsport which I had actually revised for and was able to answer or guess most of the questions.
Next was the fitness test which alot of the other girls had been dreading for most of the morning! Our fitness was tested using the bleep test and being used to this from my training for the police fitness test I felt quietly confident about it. Sure enough my previous experience was a bonus and I managed to reach level 9 (which was the highest level achieved during our morning assessments!)
The final assessment was at the Karting track just up the road from the circuit. We had a familiarisation/warm up before completing a 12 lap race. This again was fantastic, adrenalin and octane fuelled and brought out the competitive side in alot of the women! I started 3rd on the grid and after fighting my way into 1st place and maintaining the lead for what seemed like the majority of the race, my race was lost to a feisty girl who managed to squeeze past me on a tight corner. 2nd place was then lost when I was hit from behind and spun! However I managed to keep 3rd until the chequered flag was waved!
After an exhausting morning we were told that we would have to wait 5 days until we received the results!!! Fingers crossed..................