Claire puts one Foott forward for a national rally prize

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The Jersey-born St Peter-based motor racing enthusiast is now well in the running to take the top prize in the Silverstone Rally School Lady Quest 2006.

The final is being held next month.

The winner gets the use of a fully prepared MG ZR 1400 cc car in selected rally events next season as part of a £35,000 sponsorship package supported by a qualified co-driver/navigator and backed up by a full team of mechanics.

Foott said: ‘Around 130 women took part in the competition this year and my marks have given me a place in the final against nine others.

‘I was confident of doing well when I took part but now the final is approaching I’m starting to get a little nervous.

‘To win a year’s free rally driving would be fantastic.

I know I have a young family but I would make time for it.

‘I’ve always had a love for motor sport; I used to drive machines in a previous job and cars round Simon Sand pits near to where I used to live.

‘My husband Mark is a rally driver so I’m used to it all.

I also do the paperwork for the Jersey Rally so I know what it is all about.’ Foott took part in the Silverstone Rally School Lady-Quest event, which is in its 13th year, back in March.

Her assessment course consisted of participation on a full day Clubman’s course, an intensive training day designed to teach the principal techniques used by rally drivers.

‘We were taught car control, handbrake turns and power slides by leading rally drivers,’ Foott said.

‘Everyone drove over a small course which was loose surface, there was no tarmac.

It wasn’t a timed run, we were watched and marked on performance.’ There was also a questionnaire/games paper to complete and in total, with the driving, Foott scored 86 and a half points out of 100.

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