Katie’s first Trophy. (4/25/05)
Katie Croucher’s transition to Ford Fiesta’s is starting to reap benefits. Katie who has been enjoying a competitive run in the Ford Fiesta Challenge, was able to put her extra experience in the car to good use when she made her first foray into the Production S1 race for Britcars, at Brands Hatch netting her first podium finish with a third place in Class D. After competing in the Endurance race on the Saturday she stayed at Brands Hatch for the Ford Fiesta Challenge round on the Sunday. After three days of racing round Brands Hatch she confessed to being ‘knackered’ but was highly delighted with her first prize in four years of racing. Having won her first award we suspect she will soon fit into the habit of picking up pots quite regularly throughout the season.

Katie Croucher, a new BWRDC recruit and the 25 year-old daughter of Goodwood Motor Circuit's Ted Croucher, is competing in this years BRSCC Fiesta Championship. "It's going to be a big challenge, but I'm looking forward to it a lot. I'm not competely sure how things will go, but the car I'm in is already a proven winner." Katie was speaking after landing some sponsorship from a city centre gym. Chariots, based at the Westgate Centre agreed to give the racing driver a contribution to pay for a special fuel pump. "I train at the gym to build up my neck muscles and I asked if they could help me out - they were great with it." Katie is still looking for other sponsorship.

Brands Hatch in April, 2005.

Age 25yrs

Occupation ARDS race instructor

Email Address ktcroucher@o2.co.uk

Type of Motorsport Saloon car racing- club level

First year of Competition 2001

Why did you start? My Father ran Goodwood Motor Circuit for 29yrs so I have grown up around circuits/racing/cars. Wanted to be a race instructor, knew I had to race before so went for my licence in 2000.

Previous Championships / Competitions 2001-2004 2cvparts.com championship

2004 Britcar race Pembrey in Renault Clio

Previous Achievements Best Turned Out Car 2002

13th 2cvparts.com championship 2004

3rd in 2cv driver of the year 2004

3rd in class Production S1 race 2005

Best Race / drive and why? 2cv 24 hour races. You can’t beat the atmosphere, team work and stupidity of the whole event.

Worst Race / drive and why? 2cv race at Lydden 2003. 40 min endurance race that I was doing on my own but car broke down after 10mins so had to sit on side of track for 30mins!!

Favourite Circuit / Venue I should say Goodwood really because of my connection with it, but I have never raced there, so I will say Pembrey because I enjoy racing round there and the local area is lovely.

Types of cars competed / owned Raced in 2cv, Renault Clio and Ford Fiesta. Instructed in 100’s of different cars and on the road I have had Ford Fiesta/Escort/Escort van, Renault Megane, Austin Metro and now a Peugeot diesel.

Best car driven BMW Z4, Honda Civic Type R and Audi A4 Quattro

Funny Stories My first ever race was the 2cv 24hr race at Mondello. I spun in the wet at the hairpin. When I went to select a gear and pull away the gear stick came off in my hand!!

2005 Championships and dates BRSCC Fiesta Championship 2005

28th March Mallory

17th April Brands Hatch

22nd May Donington

5th June Silverstone

25th/26th June Anglesey

10th July Mallory

29th August Castle Combe

17th September Oulton Park

21st & 23rd October Brands Hatch

Current car Ford Fiesta 1800

Current Sponsors Chariots II Gym, Chichester

Arundel Autographs, Arundel

Life Support Trainers, Chichester

AWS, Ashford

Skid Control, Goodwood

Chichester Observer, Chichester

South Coast Productions, Chichester

Although it looks like I have a lot of sponsors I do not have enough money for the season. Go to www.katiecroucher.co.uk for details on how you can become a sponsor.

Other Plans for 2005 To do as well as I can in the Fiesta championship. I am competing in two ‘John Cooper Challenge’ races later on in the year and I will continue working as an ARDS race instructor in the UK and abroad.

My goal is to race in the touring car championship.

Related Issue: Women Racers Directory, Women in Racing, Women Racers, More Women in Racing, Race Schedules, Notable Women

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