Jackie
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Type of Racing: Sports Car

Race Series: Not yet applicable – Jackie is taking part in the UK’s Formula Woman programme, a search for female drivers to race in an all-female racing championship in 2006.

Introduction: Formula Woman hit the headlines in 2003 with its UK wide search for female drivers with the raw talent to be transformed in to racing drivers. Of 10,000 hopefuls, Jackie Skelton was ranked within the top 200, although she had never even sat in a racing car before her assessment. While she didn’t win a race seat that year, the determined photographer and keen motorsport enthusiast vowed not to give up and, in 2005, she has entered again with new passion.

To give herself the best opportunity, Jackie has spent many hours and even more laps behind the wheel of Club Formula Woman’s Honda Civic TYPE-Rs and Caterham Academy cars with just one goal in mind – to make it on to the grid as a fully fledged racing driver.

Current Season: Starting with a Club FW ‘novice’ training day at Dunsfold – home of the famous BBC Top Gear TV programme – Jackie has religiously practised her heel and toeing, braking, cornering and car control techniques in many subsequent days at circuits as diverse as Goodwood, Oulton Park and Llandow. She will shortly complete her ‘advanced course’ in preparation for her racing licence and, come the FW assessment day in October, she will be ready for one of the final 16 grid positions.

Racing Goals: That’s simple – to start racing and, once there, to progress as far as she possibly can whether in saloon, sports or open-wheeled cars and, of course, to take the men on, too.

Personal: As an athlete she is already a champion in track and field and as a professional photographer Jackie’s images have appeared on motoring magazine covers, brochures and books. A lifelong car enthusiast, she drives a classic Lancia Fulvia and has enjoyed assignments as diverse as photographing 1000bhp dragsters in the studio and shooting 220mph endurance racers at the Le Mans 24-Hour race. She is married to a respected motoring journalist and fellow racing driver.

Special Thanks to: Jackie would like to thank all at Formula Woman – for training, advice and for being given such an opportunity to be involved in motorsport – and her parents and husband for their continued support in all she undertakes.

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