Barbara
Armstrong

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Bio

Date of birth 5th January 1966
Rally debut 1984
Most pleasing result 4th - 1998 Silverstone Rally Sprint
Greatest Achievement (to date) Becoming a works SEAT driver and winning the British Ladies Rally title
Greatest help in career Gary Savage, Head of SEAT Cupra Sport
Licences Held Car, International Rally (can compete worldwide), Race International C, Class 1 HGV, Motorbike, Grade A Oval Racing
Qualifications Academically qualified in garden and interior design
Guest Speaking Formally trained and naturally confident, Barbara's bubbly personality captivates every audience. Her competition experiences are very entertaining, but combine them with her unique female perspective of "a woman playing in a man's world" and you have a totally enthralling mixture that fascinates everyone.
Hobbies Jet-skiing, horse riding, cooking, gliding
Favourite food Pickled eggs
Thirst-quencher Australian red wine
Favourite colour Bengal yellow
Couch potato Emmerdale
Big screen fave Ghost
Disco delight REM, The Verve, M-People
Kickback & relax Down the local pub with the girls
Favourite holiday location Mauritius
Top gym exercise Step machine
When not in rally overall Scruffy sweatshirts
Favourite restaurant Lagan's in London
Ambition To win a round of the British and World Rally Championships

Barbara twice British Ladies Rally Champion. Works directly with Racingline Ltd in the organisation, promotion and management of the UK Formula Ford Championship.

Results

Castle Douglas driver Barbara Armstrong took the top local honours in the RSAC Scottish Rally which roared through the region on Friday and Saturday.

The SEAT works driver finished 14th overall in a strong field and now leads the British Ladies Championship. Her team-mates Toni Gardemeister and Gwyndaf Evans both finished inside the top four to strengthen SEAT's Mobil 1 British Rally Championship but the two-day event based at Dumfries was dominated by the Renault Meganes with the Finnish duo of Tapio Laukkanen and Kaj Lindstrom winning easily from Martin Rowe and Derek Ringer, the defending Champion.

But there were good performances also from other locals in privately entered cars, with Alan McMorran and Albert Connelly finishing a very creditable 21st in their Peugeot 205 at their first attempt at the International two-day event.

Barbara, who re-took the lead in the Pirelli Ladies Cup after a good performance through the forest stages of Dumfires and Galloway in her SEAT Ibiza, failed to let a series or problems wear her down. Starting from 10th on the road, she lost more time than most in the dust on leg one through Dalbeattie on Friday morning. She also overcame power steering problems early in leg 2 to challenge for a top 10 position. On the second day problems struck again for the Castle Douglas driver and co-driver John Richardson of Northallerton, with the power steering belt falling off part of the way through Glengapp, which was SS7. It was refitted at the end of the stage but came off again before the start of the Black Loch stage and she spent the rest of that stage with the co-driver changing gears so she could hold onto the steering wheel.

Barbara said; "This was my home international and I wanted to do well. The car was running great and although I lost time, I was happy to finish."

Barbara to Work with Formula Ford - Further to the announcement at the Formula Ford Festival, the 2004 Formula Ford Championship will now sit alongside F3/GT championships and Barbara has been appointed as Championship Manager. Click HERE to visit their website.

April 2003 - Action Resources website welcome Barbara as their patron for the "Women in Motorsport" section of their site. Click HERE to visit the site. "I think we will open a very good window of opportunity to the younger female generation with their hearts set in motorsport" said Barbara.

March 2003 - Armstrong aims for US campaign (from Autosport Magazine) - Former SEAT Cupra Sport works driver Barbara Armstrong is trying to piece a deal together to compete in the SCCA ProRally Championship in America. Armstrong is likely to tackle May's Rim of the World Rally in an AV Sport-tuned Subaru Impreza, and she says she is keen to compete on a regular basis Statesite. Armstrong will team up with co-driver Claire Mole, potentially creating the first all-female lineup in the SCCA series. "There's a lot of interest in getting a femals crew out there" she said.

March 2003 - Armstrong for ASCAR (from Autosport Magazine) - Former British Ladies rally champion Barbara Armstrong is the latest driver to switch attention to the Rockingham-based ASCAR stock car championship. The Scot will take her rookie test next week. She ais to contest this year's full ASCAR calendar.

Armstrong, 37, admitted that she had been watching the series closely and found the format of the cars and the racing appealing. "It looks great", she said "Lots of power and fairly agricultural levels of technology. I had a good look around the cars when I was up at Rockingham, and I'm well up for the series. I did some oval racing in stock cars a while ago and took to that pretty well. This should be good fun".

It will not be Armstrong's first foray into circuit racing. Two years ago, she competed in the Porsche Cup with top team Parr Motorsport, scoring eight third places and finishing eighth in the final Championship standings.

Test Driving Over the years Barbara's automotive knowledge has been fine-tuned to match the sophistication of the cars she drives. This experience can be utilised by manufacturers, private teams, or for independent media assessment.

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