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Bio
Age
29
Occupation Business Manager for the Vale of Glamorgan Local Health Board (NHS Wales)
Type of Motorsport Rallying
First year of Competition 1998
Why did you start? I was brought up with motorsport as my Dad ran the original Austin Rover ‘Howells’ works rally team in the days when Allegro’s were considered state-of-the-art technology! He built my first rally car for me when I was in University, and got me involved in the local motor club.
Previous Championships/Competitions Welsh National Tarmac Championship (Wales & Ireland), Silverstone Rallysprint series (as a co-driver), International Tour of Flanders (Belgium)
Best Race Mewla Rally Epynt 2000:
After lying last at the end of Day 1 due to a stage maximum time following a split incident (I went the wrong way!), we pulled 67 places on Day 2. We took the honours for the ‘Best Improved on Seeding’ title!…..not our best result, but probably the most determined drive of our year.
Worst Race International Tour of Flanders 2001: We were caught out on a fast right on SS3 when the engine cut out midway through the corner. We hit a concrete lamp-post (knocked it flat) and retired very quickly! I haven’t been out of the dentist chair since as I damaged my jaw in the impact!
Favourite Circuit/Venue Epynt Ranges
Types of cars competed/owned Competition Cars Peugeot 205 Gti Grp N
, Peugeot 205 Gti Grp A , Subaru Impreza Grp A, Road Cars Subaru Impreza , Lotus 340R
Best car driven/owned
Grp A Peugeot 205 – the car was the last works built 205 and the ex-Graham Middleton national championship winning car. We bought it in a very sorry state(!) from Graham, and it was re-built for me by Fairfield Motorsport including a custom-built Tommy Field engine with close to 200bhp. It’s the most fantastic little car to drive, although very nervous, and always guarantees a smile!
Any funny stories? Discovering that a well known local co-driver uses sanitary towels to wipe the windscreens of rally cars when they mist up inside in wet weather (apparently something to do with their absorbency!)
Current car Grp A Subaru Impreza Current Sponsors Fairfield Motorsport
and Fairfield Motorsport Travel

Results

Peugeot 205 Gti Grp N: 1st in class RC - Welsh Sprint at Llandow Circuit (1998)
Winner Jean Gibbs Memorial Trophy for 1st Lady Driver (Harry Flatters Rally Epynt 1999)
3rd in class Welsh Tarmac Championship 2000
7th Overall Epynt Challenge 2000
Winning Team John Price Millennium Challenge
Peugeot 205 Gti Grp A: 1st in class 3A Promenade Stages 2001
2nd in class Welsh Tarmac Championship 2001
Also, the youngest-ever female Senior Official on a WRC event (1999 & 2000 Network Q Rally of Great Britain)

2003 Championships and dates Some rounds of the Welsh Sprint Championship to get back into the drivers seat after taking a year out of the sport due to illness in 2002.

Last information 2003

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