Cox, who has 26 career race wins and is a class champion in the Hot Hatch series, won the BWRDC Elite GoldStars ‘Club’ Award for 2009. “I’m delighted to have Liz Halliday as my Mentor. She is such a professional driver that I know I will gain a lot of tips from her and I’m really looking forward to that. She's also a great person and very approachable, so I can't wait to be working with her." said Ilsa.



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Age 35
Occupation Part Time ARDS Race School Instructor & Part Time Recruitment Consultant @ Lloyds TSB Bank
Type of Motorsport Modified Saloon Car Racing
First year of Competition 1987
Why did you start? Through my then boyfriend’s (now husband of 15 years!) interest in the sport
Previous Championships/Competitions Production & Modified Saloon Car Championships
Previous Achievements BRSCC South Western Centre’s ‘Driver of the Year’ 1995
Handy Gas Saloon Car Champion 1997
20 overall race wins to date
Best Race/drive and why? Final race in the 1995 championship. Although spinning off whilst battling hard for the lead of the race, fought back through the field to get 3rd place overall in the race & therefore secure the overall championship title
Worst Race/drive and why? My very first outing in 1987 at Brands – what a nerve racking experience! Ended in the Armco at ‘Surtees’ on Lap 4 of the race!
Favourite Circuit/Venue Difficult to decide between Thruxton and Castle Combe!
Types of cars competed/owned Started in Suzuki Swift, the a VW Golf GTI, then Peugeot 205s & most recently a Peugeot 306.
Best car driven/owned Peugeot 205 with which I won the championship in 1997. Highly modified – bored out to 2200cc engine with 230+ b.h.p.
Funny Stories Whilst doing a 500km race at Brands Hatch on the 27.9.87, 2 days before Brian and I got married (!!), getting car sick WHILST driving the undulating circuit and actually being sick in helmet & balaclava! I had to do a quick pit stop to ‘shake out’ and then put said balaclava & helmet back on & finish the race! (My daughter Emily was born 9 months later…!!!)

2003 Championships and dates Castle Combe Saloon Car Championship:
29th March, 21st April, 5th May, 26th May, 21st & 2nd June, 2nd August, 25th August, 13th & 14th September, 4th October

Current car Peugeot 306 (previously raced for last 2 seasons by husband, Brian
Current Sponsors BTC Motorsport
Other Plans for 2003 To enjoy & live life to the full!
Isla Cox raced in April, 2005



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