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WITH GIL­LIAN CARR

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Age: 36 Lives: North Cotswolds VSCC all-rounder

Mo­tor sport is in her fam­ily

“I can’t re­mem­ber a time when I wasn’t into mo­tor­sport. My par­ents have al­ways been into pre-war cars and I’ve been a mod­ern mo­tor­sport nut since I was about 12. The RAC Rally at Clum­ber Park in the 1980s was my first event and my first race meet­ing was the VSCC at Cad­well Park when I was about seven years old.”

She worked for THE VSCC

“I went off to univer­sity and was meant to have a ca­reer as a char­tered sur­veyor but when I left I saw this ad­vert for the VSCC press of­fi­cer. So I ap­plied for the job and got it in 2002.”

She got the chance to race

“My friend Tom Dark leant me an MG M-type and I did some hill­climbs and then got my race li­cence and did the Pomeroy Tro­phy in a Z28 Ca­maro. That was my first race. Then I raced some MGS for Dean But­ler. In 2005 I was of­fered a drive in an Ed­war­dian car and ever since I’ve been re­ally lucky in get­ting cars to drive and I’ve done just about all the Ed­war­dian races, in­clud­ing Good­wood this year. I also did some driv­ing on the Targa Flo­rio film, ‘Si­cil­ian Dream’, with the Ed­war­dian cars.”

It is all branches of the sport

“I race the fam­ily Frazer Nash and Ri­ley and do ev­ery­thing from au­totests to tri­als. I ab­so­lutely love do­ing VSCC tri­als. I also ride horses but I’ve put my horse on loan as I don’t have time. I had a big horse rid­ing ac­ci­dent three years ago.”

She wants to go GT rac­ing

“We have a group of fe­male rac­ers and we call our­selves Bent­ley Belles. We did the 24-hour race in Por­tu­gal last au­tumn and I was lucky enough to do the Spa 6 Hours in an Austin Healey. But I want to start do­ing more mod­ern rac­ing and des­per­ately want to do some GT4 or the Sil­ver­stone 24 Hours.”

The day job is at Sil­ver­stone

“I’m now club sec­re­tary of the Bri­tish Rac­ing Driv­ers’ Club and it is the first time a fe­male has done the job since 1928. I’m in­volved in lots of things at Sil­ver­stone. I’m a lucky girl but you’ve got to work for it.”

Carr: en­thu­si­as­tic racer

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