Stu­dent heads for ca­reer in fast lane

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FE­MALE driver Jamie-Lea Haw­ley has her sights firmly set on a pro­fes­sional ca­reer in mo­tor­sport and has ex­panded her knowl­edge of the in­dus­try by en­rolling on the mo­tor­sport course at River­side Col­lege.

Jamie-Lea was the only fe­male driver to fea­ture in the Re­nault UK Clio Cup Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships at the age of 15 and af­ter a very suc­cess­ful year she has as­pi­ra­tions to progress into the se­nior cham­pi­onships.

Dur­ing her time on the Mo­tor­sport course JamieLea will learn valu­able skills from the tu­tors that she can put into prac­tice on the race course, dur­ing train­ing and com­pe­ti­tions.

She will also de­velop work re­lated and tech­ni­cal skills to give her a more hands on ex­pe­ri­ence for her fu­ture ca­reer.

Jamie-Lea said: “I was look­ing at un­der­go­ing a sports course at the col­lege how­ever I de­cided to take up the mo­tor­sport course.

“This is a course that not many col­leges of­fer and it will en­hance my skills both on and off the track.

“The fa­cil­i­ties at River­side are fan­tas­tic and the tu­tors spend so much time with you to help you im­prove.

“I am so proud to have com­peted in the Re­nault UK Clio Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships and to place third in the Henry Sur­tees Award for the best teen racer for 2017, af­ter com­pet­ing in the BRSCC Fi­esta Ju­nior Cham­pion- ships.

“In the fu­ture, I would like to move into Bri­tish Tour­ing Cars, how­ever next year I am look­ing to com­pete in the UK Re­nault Clio Cup Cham­pi­onships and am now ● look­ing for spon­sors to help me ful­fil my dream as a pro­fes­sional driver.”

Carl McKel­lar, me­dia of­fi­cer of the Re­nault UK Clio Cup Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships, said: “Jamie-Lea showed im­me­di­ate prom­ise when she com­peted in the Re­nault UK Clio Cup Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships cat­e­gory in 2018.

“With min­i­mal prepa­ra­tion, she still out­foxed sev­eral bet­ter funded driv­ers – one very classy move when she passed two in one go at Sil­ver­stone springs to mind.

“Jamie-Lea is also clearly pre­pared to put in the ef­fort out of the car as well. There is very def­i­nitely the po­ten­tial to build an ex­cit­ing brand around her as a role model for other young women.”

Jamie-Lea Haw­ley

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