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Rally ace Georgia is a pocket rocket

Speed merchant: Georgia Shiels in her racing gear and, above, in action

Speed merchant: Georgia Shiels in her racing gear and, above, in action

“I love the danger, I’m a small, short, girly girl and people don’t expect me to jump in a racing car every weekend.

Teenage pocket rocket Georgia Shiels is about to tear up the track and take the world of motor racing by storm.

Georgia,from Catterall, near Garstang,is competing in the Junior British Rally Championship and will make her debut on an all-asphalt track tomorrow when she competes in the Jim Clark Rally in Kelso, Scotland.

The 18-year-old is juggling studying for her A-levels with a surprising escape - rally driving - the high octane hobby that she fell into by chance three years ago.

She said: “As soon as I sat in the car I was bitten by the bug - I don’t think any other sport can beat it.

“People think I’m a bit of a nutter, they are surprised, they wouldn’t guess I’m a rally driver but everyone thinks it is awesome.

“It all happened by chance. My dad dragged me to a motor show, someone called me over who was just starting up a junior section and it all went from there.

“It is quite strange really, I don’t come from a rally background, which is unusual most people get into it through their family but my dad is a bike guy, he prefers two wheels.

“I like the adrenaline rush, it is a real stress relief - especially as I’m sitting my final exams.”

The Lancaster Grammar School student is aiming for glory in her first official asphalt race.

She will be driving in the newly built Abarth 500 R1 rally car alongside co-driver Tom Woodburn from Morecambe.

The teen is hoping to carve a career on the track and has been practising in Scotland ahead of the race.

She is hoping to follow in the footsteps of female rally super stars Violette Cordery, Michèle Mouton and Louise Aitken-Walker.

Georgia said “I would like to win it, a podium would be nice.

“It is 160 stage miles, really long, I really just want to get to the end that is my main aim to finish

“It is my first asphalt event. My last event was on gravel in September and I competed in a Fiesta.

“I’m looking forward to the new challenge and I can’t think of anything I would love to do more than to have a career behind the wheel.”

For more information visit Georgia’s Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/pages/Georgia-Shiels-Rallying/110929285744424

 

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