Amanda
Jane
Whitaker

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Amanda Whitaker and Anthony Dunn are proud to announce the birth of their first child Scarlet Dunn, born in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham on Thursday 2nd June at 12.20pm. Scarlet was born 6lbs and both herself and Amanda are doing well.

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Bio

2010

2009

2008 Schedule
Snippets
Amanda's Gold Star Nomination
Amanda takes the fight to the boys!
County Durham’s fast female in the mix
Amanda battles through the pack at Donington
Fast female returns to the track!
Provisional European F2 Racedates 2006
Amanda tops the 2006 Formula 2 points chase - 10/9/06
Golden Girl Shines at the Gold Cup - 8/28/06
Silverstone Classis - 5/19/05
Amanda Whitaker has finished 3rd in class in her first season in the European Formula 2 Series
Amanda Whitaker takes Pride of Place at Silverstone Classic - 5/23/05
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Bio

Name: Amanda Jane Whitaker
D.O.B.: 3/27/74
Status: Married
Address: Woodham, County Durham
Occupation: Performance Driving Instructor & Precision Driver
Racing: 1989 onwards
Race Licence: International C
Instructing: 1996 to present
Instructing Licence: ARDS Grade A, ATDO recognised instructor, Silverstone 'Elite' rated instructor
Type of Motorsport Circuit racing – single seaters
First Year of Competition Karts 1989, Single Seaters 1991-present day
Why did you start? My father was a former single seater racer and from a young age I’d always been at the circuits. I was encouraged to race as I don’t have any brothers!
Previous Championships/ Competitions 2006 Historic European Formula 2 (Formula Atlantic class)
Best Race / Drive and why? I couldn't choose for sure, but finishing ahead of half the field of Formula 5000 cars in my Formula Atlantic Chevron last year at Silverstone was a good one!
Worst Race / Drive and why? Every one I haven’t finished in!
Favourite Circuit/Venue Oulton Park, Cheshire followed closely by Cadwell Park
Types of cars competed / owned Ginetta G20, Ford Puma, Fiat 500
Best car driven / owned Formula Vauxhall
Current Car Chevron B34

Snippets


Amanda Whitaker had a rollercoaster ride at the Oulton Park Gold Cup this weekend.

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Amanda Takes Four Trophies at BWRDC awards

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Amanda will mainly be doing some Formula Ford 1600 races in her 1993 Swift.

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Amanda Whitaker has been chosen as a nominee for the new British Women Racing Drivers Club Gold Stars. These prestigious awards are to be presented at the Autosport International Show in January.

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Dunn & Whitaker race against each other in VdeV UK

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Whitaker took 2 class wins in URS Classic Formula Ford 1600 this weekend at Croft.

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Whitaker was once again in the Formula Ford battle at Snetterton this weekend, competing in a total of 4 races at the Norfolk track. She next races on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.

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Amanda Whitaker had a terrific battle for honours in Historic Formula Ford at Silverstone this weekend. Racing on the International circuit in her Elden Mk8, she showed her pace by qualifying 3rd in a 33 car grid behind Westie Mitchell and young hotshoe current British Formula Ford Champion Callum Macleod who was making a guest appearance in the championship. She finished in 2nd.

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County Durham's fast female Amanda Whitaker fought through the pack in the 2008 Historic Formula Ford season opener at Donington Park.

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County Durham’s fast female Amanda Whitaker returns to the race track this weekend (30th March) for the start of the HSCC Historic Formula Ford Championship at Donington Park (Derbyshire).

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County Durham fast female Amanda Whitaker is back in the hot seat next weekend, for the first time sharing a drive in a racing car with her partner Anthony Dunn. The pair are to drive a Lanan racing prepared Norma in the 4 hour Britcar / Britsports night race at Spa-Francorchamps on June 16th.

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2006 European Formula Atlantic Champion Amanda Whitaker returns to defend her European Formula Atlantic title in the F2 series. 

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2006 European Formula Atlantic Champion

County Durham racer Amanda Whitaker finished her 2006 racing campaign top of the table following the season finale at Dijon, France. She went into the weekend knowing that two 3rd place finishes would secure her the top spot.  

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Rollercoaster Gold Cup


Amanda Whitaker had a rollercoaster ride at the Oulton Park Gold Cup this weekend.

The County Durham racer was driving Amaron Racing's Formula Ford 1600 Elden Mk8 and the TIGA SF78 Formula Ford 2000 at the prestigious historic race meeting.

The Formula Ford 1600 grid was probably the most competitive ever with 38 entries including a plethora of former racing stars joining up and coming hot shoes. Amanda qualified 7th just behind former British Touring Car Champion & historic racing stalwart Frank Sytner and ahead of historic F3 race winner Ben Simms. She made a great start to take 4th at the first corner then dived past David Wilds to take 3rd at the end of lap one.

A few laps later she was passed by Ian Ashley, a former F1 and F5000 driver and overall winner of the Oulton Park Gold Cup in 1974 - the year Amanda was born! However, Amanda showed her determination by not giving up at her favourite circuit - she got her head down and closed back onto the gearbox of Ashley. Despite being noticeably later on the brakes into Knickerbrook Chicane and through the fast Druids back section she was thwarted by a flat spot on her engine coming out of the corners, just preventing her from getting a run to make an overtaking move and so she finished 4th just behind Ashley and ahead of Wilds. The race was won by rising star Darren Burke from former champion Nelson Rowe.

In the Formula Ford 2000 race, she qualified unusually low in 21st position and 5th in class, but had engine problems which was stopping it from revving highly. On the formation lap of the race, she felt the problem may have been cured after work done by her team. But it was all for nothing - although she made a good start to jump a number of drivers off the line, she was hit by a spinning car into the first corner, turning her car into the path of another and she ended the race in the tyre wall on the outside of Old Hall.

She walked away from the crash but the car was damaged, although will be repairable.

"That was such a disappointing end to what was otherwise a good weekend. In the Formula Ford 1600 race I had a really good charge, and although it was a shame I couldn't quite make the podium it was nice to be competitive." she said. "But in the Formula Ford 2000 race there was nothing I could have done more to avoid the crash - I was right across to the edge of the track and had nowhere to go - the other car just caught my rear wheel."

She also badly bruised her left leg - aggravating the ligament injuries she sustained in her horrific crash at Mallory Park 12 months ago. However, she plans to be back in a racing car soon and the next planned meeting is at the Walter Hayes Festival in November.

Mixed weekend at Croft for Whitaker


Amanda Whitaker had a promising, but ultimately disappointing weekend at home circuit Croft's fantastic 'Nostalgia weekend'.

She was racing in both HSCC Historic Formula Ford 1600 in and Historic Formula Ford 2000 in Amaron Racing's Elden Mk8 and TIGA SF78.

Formula Ford 2000 started well when she qualified 4th overall and 1st in class - with Amanda a lot closer to the pace than she had been on the last outing in the TIGA due to improvements her father (and Chief Engineer!) Ronnie had made to the handling.

In the Formula Ford 1600 qualifying Amanda placed the Elden 2nd overall after a fantastic last lap in a mixed weather session.

On Saturday, in the Formula Ford 2000 race, she finished 6th overall and first in class, having gambled on the damp track drying by opting to stay on slick tyres for the race. Unfortunately, a shower mid-race prevented any chance of that happening and although she had an early spin, she slithered around to take 6th.

In the Formula Ford 1600 race, she finished a disappointed 5th - again in damp conditions - after struggling with a down on power engine. "We're still developing the car - I was pretty happy with the handling; we've got it going much better in the dry now, so we just need to concentrate on the engine power" she said.

Sunday was a dry day and she stayed in 5th place in her TIGA in the Formula Ford 2000 race although again struggled with a lack of engine power.

In the Formula Ford 1600 race, she made a good start to run initially 5th but then dropped back through the field again with engine problems. "That was very disappointing - but we had a problem in the 1st race which we hoped we'd sorted but unfortunately it was still there for this race. I think without the problem we had the pace to finish 2nd, so it was disheartening to spend the whole race defending my position and dropping back. Hopefully we’ll get it sorted for the next outing".

She next races at the Oulton Park Gold Cup meeting on August

Amanda Takes Four Trophies at BWRDC awards


Durham’s girl racer Amanda Whitaker took a large collection of silverware home from the annual British Women Racing Drivers Club awards this weekend.

She was once again the most prolific winner of the evening, being awarded four trophies: The Hillwood Jewellers Coupe des Dames Trophy for the member with the most wins and lap records, The Goodwin Trophy for 1st place in the overall BWRDC Championship, The Monoposto Trophy for the highest placed BWRDC single seater competitor and The Embassy Trophy for the overall BWRDC Champion of the year (for a record 5th time)

Presenting the trophies was Wing Commander Andy Green OBE, holder of the World Land Speed Record and therefore 'The Fastest Man on Earth'. Driving Richard Noble's Thrust SSC (SuperSonic Car) in 1997, Andy set the world's first and only supersonic land speed record at an astonishing 763 mph, driving literally 'faster than a speeding bullet'. Andy is now the chosen driver for the new BLOODHOUND SuperSonic Car, which aims to exceed the incredible target of 1000 mph! This project, linked through a major education programme into schools across the country, aims to inspire the next generation of young engineers and scientists, while setting the most remarkable Land Speed Record of all time.

Amanda will be racing in Formula Ford again this season in select races in her Elden Mk 8 and 93 Swift.

For more photo’s & video of the evening visit www.AmandaWhitaker.com

Semi-Final Exit For Amanda at Walter Hayes Trophy


Whitaker raced in her most competitive outing of the year at the ‘Walter Hayes Trophy’ festival. The festival - named after the Ford racing boss (who was in charge of Ford’s famous Cosworth DFV engine program amongst many other things) - is for all types of 1600cc Kent engined Formula Ford cars & attracts a worldwide entry of over 120 drivers. The racing is decided over the course of 3 days with a number of heats, last chance races moving through to semi-finals & a final on Sunday with 36 cars on the grid.

It was the first race of the year for Amanda’s SC93 Swift and due to focus on trying to win her main championship this year, the team were working against the clock to get the car ready in time.

On Saturday Amanda made a good start to her campaign with a heat finish of 7th place from 16th on the grid, but was struggling with poor engine power, preventing her from moving further forward through the field. However, the result was enough to put her straight into the semi-finals - the only female to make it that far.

Overnight her team Amaron Racing sorted a number of electrical issues, making the problems better.

She started Sundays semi-final in 20th position and gambled with a wet setup amidst a windy & wet morning. However, the weather had improved by the time her race had started and she struggled with a car setup for the wet on a quickly drying track.

Her car also developed a steering problem which was stopping her from putting the correct amount of steering lock through the corners: “It stopped me from making some passing manoeuvres and I was running wide on the exits on occasion because of the problem - I only had half the lock I needed”. She battled valiantly despite the issue but finished a disappointing 24th.

“To be honest, this weekend was a bit of a test session for us really - it was the first time we’d been out in the car competitively. I am sure without the problems we would have easily made the final - once sorted, it should be a quick car. So I’m looking forward to racing the car again next year in some of the Scottish and North West Formula Ford Championship”.

The overall Walter Hayes Trophy was won by American Connor De Philipi.

This is Amanda’s final race of the year, although she will be doing some promotions through to the end of 2009 and will be accompanying her partner Anthony Dunn on select visits at schools in the North East as part of the MSA’s Go Motorsport campaign.

Championship lead for Amanda


Amanda took the HSCC Formula Ford Championship points lead this weekend with 5th place at Brands Hatch.

The day started well with Amanda qualifying 3rd, just 5 thousandths of a second from 2nd place Robert Wainwright. However, all was not well with Amanda’s engine.

“We had a misfire, starting after a few laps in qualifying and getting progressively worse” said Amanda.

Her team Amaron racing set about trying to solve the problem, but despite hours of frantic work & the help of some of her competitors, the issue couldn’t be resolved in time. However, with title rival Westie Mitchell still out of action due to injury, Amanda was aware to simply pick up as many points as possible for the title battle – in which she was 10 points (a 6th place) from the lead.

At the start, Pole Position man Darren Burke dived into a lead he never looked in doubt of losing, as he immediately pulled clear of the pack at over half a second per lap.

Amanda slotted into 4th with the engine dying slightly as she started. She was then pushed to 5th on the opening lap by Andrew Willis’ Lola T200. She gamely hung on to the position, catching her competitors in the corners but loosing time out of corners and down the straights as her engine was still cutting out. She was then pushed back to 6th by Will Schryver’s Titan on lap 6. However, she could then maintain position and held the gap to Paul Sleeman constant.

By mid distance, 6th became 5th as Willis pulled off with mechanical failure and she held this position until the end of the race, despite the misfire slowly worsening towards the end.

“That was a very frustrating race – I think I could have finished at least 2nd with no problems” said Amanda. “But I’m really just thankful that I didn’t fall back further and we could get some good points which are very useful at this stage”.

The position gives her 12 points and the title lead by 2 points from Westie. With the potential of Westie’s return at the final round at Silverstone in 5 weeks time, all may not be over.

1st & 2nd from Pole at Snetterton


Amanda Whitaker took a 1st place and 2nd place at Snetterton this weekend in the double header HSCC Historic Formula Ford encounter.

She grabbed Pole Position in qualifying by just 5 hundredths of a second from David Wild.

In the first race, she battled hard with her 2009 championship adversary Westie Mitchell after the race was red flagged and restarted due to a crash. Despite Mitchell taking the lead on occasion, Amanda was in first place when a second red flag was shown due to another incident. She was therefore declared the winner.

In the second race, she once again started from Pole Position, earned from her earlier race win. She and Westie again had a titanic fight for the lead, with the position changing several times each lap over the 15 minute race. Amanda was faster in the corners, but couldn't live with the engine power of her rival and finished in 2nd, just one tenth of a second behind him.

"I had to make some last minute dives under braking and try & block where I could, but Snetterton is a power circuit and I just couldn't do anything down the main straights" said Amanda.

She still lies tied at the top of the championship (after dropped scores) with Westie.

......and it was a winning weekend for the household, as on the continent Amanda’s partner Anthony Dunn won his first race in the SPEED modern sports prototype series at Belgium’s famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit. Separate report & pictures to follow.

Amanda Wins from Pole at Oulton


Amanda Whitaker completed a perfect weekend at Oulton Park by taking a win from Pole Position in the URS Classic Formula Ford 1600cc Championship.

She was driving her Elden Mk8 - a 1971 car that is categorised as a "Class B" car - but that didn't deter her from qualifying on the outright Pole Position against the Class A cars that are up to 10 years newer than hers. In a dramatic last gasp effort, she posted a 1.35.9 lap on her final lap of qualifying and jumped to the front row of the grid.

In the race, she made a clean getaway to lead into the first lap ahead of Colin Williams' PRS RH01 car. Williams hounded her for the first few laps and dived past to take the lead into the Island Hairpin - a weak area for Amanda as she was again struggling with brake issues. She fought back immediately out of the fast Druids corner and dived back past Williams to take the lead once again at Lodge.

Once back in the lead, she had to defend rigorously into the hairpin and attack into the Knickerbrook chicane - the 2 cars often arriving at the corners side by side. However, she gradually found a good rhythm to stay ahead of Williams & built up enough of a gap in the quick sections to hold him at bay. Williams then started to come under increased pressure from Joe Walton in his Crossle 25F.

Once into the backmarkers, Amanda had built up enough of a lead and she took the flag with over a 3 second gap from Walton who nipped past Williams on the final lap.

"That was hard work!" said Amanda "We are still trying to solve the problem with the rear locking up - so I had to brake very early for the tight corners and defend for most of the race".

"However, I'm pleased to take the win at my favourite circuit and look forward to next weekend's HSCC Historic Formula Ford Championship race at Snetterton - which is the main championship I'm competing in this year".

Amanda's Gold Star Nomination


Amanda Whitaker has been chosen as a nominee for the new British Women Racing Drivers Club Gold Stars. These prestigious awards are to be presented at the Autosport International Show in January where the BWRDC have secured a large stand.

She has been nominated in the Club Gold Star category with four other UK drivers. BWRDC Chairman Helen Bashford-Malkie explained "The Gold Stars are the Club's way of flagging up talent within our sport & helping drivers to promote & progress their careers. There will also be a small package of product sponsorship, a dedicated website & a Mentor for the winner of the group. The winner will also receive a special Gold Star sticker to put on their cars as well as their CV's."

The winner of the Gold Star will be announced and the presentations made on the main Autosport Stage at the show on Saturday 10th January 2009.

Amanda said "I am pleased to be nominated for a BWRDC Gold Star. To be recognised in this way is a real honour."

She will be at the Autosport International Show in Hall 6 on the BWRDC stand 6950 on Friday 9th & Saturday 10th January.

“Considering the talent of some of the young, up-and-coming female drivers in the UK and abroad, it can only be a few years before we see a woman in F1 again,” said Haymarket Exhibitions Show Director Ian France. “The importance of ensuring young females at club level continue to enter the sport cannot be underestimated; Autosport International is proud to do whatever it can to promote women in motorsport.”

Dunn & Whitaker race against each other in VdeV UK


For the first time in their car racing career, County Durham partners Anthony Dunn & Amanda Whitaker competed against each other on track in VdeV UK at Croft this weekend.

Amanda picked up the last minute deal to race a Ligier JS49, partnering former British Touring Car Race winner (and brother of Sporty Spice Mel C) Paul O’Neill in the 3 hour race. It was her first modern sports prototype race – all her background has been in racing open wheel single seaters and she is currently lying 3rd in the HSCC Formula Ford Championship.

Anthony has been racing in the series all season also in a Ligier JS49 with Barry Gates who has just taken over running of the VdeV UK series. Both cars were run by the same team Chevron Racing with Amanda’s Dad Ronnie, Uncle Eddie & long term mechanic Rob engineering her car.

“It’s really thanks to the work of Barry & Bryce Wilson of If Motorsport – so we are grateful to them for sorting out the deal” said Anthony.

The pair are both 34 and have been together for over 8 years, having met at Silverstone where they are racing instructors. They live in Woodham, Newton Aycliffe – 14 miles from Croft.

For the record, it was 1-0 to the girls with Amanda finishing 8th & Anthony 9th, both having had problems in the race, although Anthony set a faster lap time!

Whitaker charged through the pack to finish 5th in the HSCC Formula Ford Championship at Castle Combe.



The morning qualifying session was shortened due to an incident by another 2 competitors. This left Amanda in a frustrated 11th place on the grid as she was still learning the circuit’s new layout, having not raced there for over 10 years.

However, she made a great start to jump up to 6th place on the opening lap, even passing 2 cars on the outside of the first chicane. She fought a good battle in the race against M Grant-Peterkin and just missed 4th over the line as Westie Mitchell slowed with a puncture - the pair were split by just one hundredth of a second.

She races again next weekend at her favourite circuit Oulton Park as part of the prestigious Gold Cup event.

Amanda takes the fight to the boys!


County Durham's fast female Amanda Whitaker showed her calibre at the biggest race of the year at the Oulton Park Gold Cup this weekend against an all male 31 car grid, in her 1971 Elden FF1600.

Engine problems in qualifying left her in a frustrated 5th place - her first and only flying lap gained her the position and thereafter she suffered a misfire.

The problem was sorted for the race - or so it initially seemed - and she made a great start to get past 3rd place David Wild at the start and then Lee Dwyer on the first lap for 3rd.

She then set about the leading pair of Michael Lyons and Simon Hadfield, closing the gap & setting the fastest lap in the process. She was soon with them and as they tussled for the lead, she tried a pass on Hadfield on the pit straight and into Old Hall Corner and then dived up the inside at Cascades but was squeezed up onto the kerb & dropped back. She tried again at Lodge a couple of laps later, but Hadfield was once more strongly defensive.

She was looking for another opportunity, but her engine was starting to overheat & loose power & she dropped back, lapping 2 seconds slower than her peak pace "I could feel it getting slower and I was changing up gear later & later than I was before" she said.

She fell into the clutches of Westie Mitchell out of Old Hall with just 3 laps to go, but had pulled such a gap to the rest of the field that she held onto 4th place to the end. Missing out on the fastest lap of the race by 1 tenth of a second to Westie Mitchell.

The result lifts her to joint 3rd place in the championship.

She continues the fight at Brands Hatch in 3 weeks time.

Horror Smash at Mallory Park


Amanda Whitaker suffered a huge crash at Mallory Park this weekend in the HSCC Formula Ford Championship.

She started from 3rd position and made a good getaway at the lights to run alongside Westie Mitchell into the first corner Gerrards, but Westie missed a gear on the exit, selecting 2nd instead of 4th gear from 3rd. This locked up the rear of the car & pitched it sideways, clouting the front left corner of Amanda's car & badly damaging the nose cone.

Amanda continued at a much slower pace, letting cars past as she was concerned the damage might overheat the engine.

Unbeknown to Amanda, Westie had then been hit by Diogo Ferrao with the two cars piling heavily into the barriers. As the leaders were approaching the start / finish line, the red flag was shown to stop the race due to Westie's crash. However, due to the damaged nose & concern for her water temperatures, Amanda missed sight of one of the cars immediately slowing in front of her. She ploughed into the back of David Wild's Lola at around 90mph, launching her into the air and into a horrific cartwheel. Her helmet hit the tarmac a few times as the car hit the ground but thankfully she managed to climb out of the wreck and suffered no concussion.

She was taken to Leicester Infirmary Hospital with injuries to her legs, including lacerations. Although x-rays showed nothing broken, she was kept in overnight due to the extensive bruising & concerns for the severe swelling to her left leg. She was released on Monday at 4pm but has to walk with crutches, although she hopes to make a full recovery in time.

Westie & Diogo were also admitted to the same hospital. Westie has one cracked & one compressed vertebrae in his spine as well as 2 fractures to his wrist & cuts to his chin & back of his head from flying bodywork. He was hoping to be released from hospital mid-week. Diogo was suspected to have a broken leg, but thankfully was diagnosed with just heavy bruising & was released that evening. All 3 drivers were more concerned for their fellow competitors health than their own, but were in good spirits despite the ordeal.

"I would like to thank all of the people who have offered their well wishes & offers of support. The marshals did a great job in difficult circumstances. I also wish Westie & Diogo a speedy recovery & look forward to once again battling on track with them" said Amanda.

Amanda's Elden was 90% destroyed in the accident, leaving both Amanda & her team a race against time & finances to get ready for her next race at Oulton Park in HSCC Formula Ford in 3 weeks time.

She is currently lying 2nd in the points table, fighting to be the first female to win a National Formula Ford Championship.

Whitaker took 2 class wins in URS Classic Formula Ford 1600 this weekend at Croft


Using her local knowledge at the venue where she once held the outright lap record, Amanda took 2 front row starting positions, even against the much newer Pre ’84 Class A cars than her 1971 Elden Mk8.

She made a good getaway in the first race to take the lead outright into the first bend, pulling 2 seconds clear of the pack by the end of the first lap. However, she succumbed to the Class A car of Joe Walton on lap 7 and took 2nd place outright and a Class win.

In the second race, she made an even better start from Pole Position and battled hard to keep Walton behind. Eventually, she was forced to settle for second behind Walton but then came under increasing pressure from the other Class A cars of Paul Walton (Joe’s father) & Keith Davey.

They both dived past at Clervaux on the 5th lap...and straight through the gravel! “I could see them both coming in too fast, and all 3 of us weren’t going to make it around the same corner” she said “They were fighting tooth & nail, so I thought it was best to give them some space and they only just made it through”. As she look set to take 4th overall, the pair tangled at the hairpin just before the chequered flag and she came through the carnage to finish 2nd overall and the class win once again.

Last weekend at Pembrey in Wales, she took two 5th places in the separately run Historic Formula Ford Championship, despite having a bent valve & brake problems. Her results have now moved her up to 3rd place in the championship.

Amanda takes the Roman Road to Croft
Racing driver Amanda Whitaker played a starring role at Croft this week as she was featured on ITV Tyne Tees evening news Monday night together with partner Anthony Dunn. She gained support from local company Roman for the event.

Amanda was explaining how she has raced against & beaten the boys over her career & even competed against her boyfriend Anthony recently at Croft.

She will also be interviewed live with Lisa McCormick on BBC Radio Tees 95-95.8 FM on Thursday 20th November between 2-2.30pm.

Amanda finished 3rd in the HSCC Historic Formula Ford 1600cc National Championship this year competing against a field of more than 30 male drivers. She hopes to race again in 2009: “There are a few things in the pipeline depending on funding”.

She will also be at the Autosport International Show in January as a “Star Driver” on the BWRDC stand promoting women in motorsport.

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Amanda Whitaker is a multiple British Single Seater Champion who now concentrates on Sportscar Racing. She is Britain's Fastest Female racing driver! In her 10+ year driving career, she has become:

  • 3 consecutive National Single Seater Championship titles
  • Over 50 race wins
  • Multiple circuit lap records. More than 10 years after achieving them, she still holds 4 Monoposto lap records!
  • The 2006 European Formula Atlantic Championship title
  • Top points scorer overall in 2006 European F2 Championship

She is currently a performance driving instructor throughout the UK, Europe & USA working for most major manufacturers and racing schools. She is also a precision driver in many TV adverts.

She won on her first outing in the European F2/F Atlantics at Hockerheim.

County Durham’s fast female in the mix


Whitaker was once again in the Formula Ford battle at Snetterton this weekend, competing in a total of 4 races at the Norfolk track.

Despite being unable to test before the event and having not visited the venue for 10 years, she showed her pace by setting the second quickest time in qualifying in the 30 car Historic Formula Ford entry to place her on the front row of the grid alongside young star Michael Lyons.

In the first race, she made a good start to grab the lead down the back straight and although Lyons came back at her and the pair had a good dice for the lead. Lyons eventually took command and she had a good battle with Westie Mitchell and renowned historic front runner Simon Hadfield but in the end had to settle for 4th place as the race was red flagged due to an incident.

“It was a little frantic, but I didn’t want to make contact - I wanted to keep my car in one piece for the other races!” she said.

Suspension failure on the green flag lap in the first Classic Racing Cars event caused her to be on the back foot for the start of the second Historic Formula Ford race. Amaron racing did a good job to get the car back out for the race, but setup problems caused her to be off the pace and she battled hard to take 6th position at the flag.

“Dad & Rob worked really hard all but we ran out of time to get the car sorted 100% and the rear end had loads of toe out which made me slow in a straight line – I had to defend all the way” she said.

However, the weekend finished on a high as she took 2nd in class in the second Classic Racing Cars race and held onto her 5th position in the points table.

She next races on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit in 4 weeks time.

Amanda fights for first at Silverstone


Amanda Whitaker had a terrific battle for honours in Historic Formula Ford at Silverstone this weekend. Racing on the International circuit in her Elden Mk8, she showed her pace by qualifying 3rd in a 33 car grid behind Westie Mitchell and young hotshoe current British Formula Ford Champion Callum Macleod who was making a guest appearance in the championship.

Amanda made a good start to slot in behind Mitchell, while Macleod bogged down at the start & slipped back to 4th. She looked to pass Mitchell on the run down to Abbey on the opening lap, but was herself demoted to 3rd by the recovering Macleod. Macleod took the lead from Mitchell at Brooklands and pulled out a small gap and Amanda looked for a way past Mitchell twice on consecutive laps on the run down to Abbey hairpin before finally making it stick at Copse.

She maintained 2nd before Macleod made an error, half spinning at Becketts and handing the lead to Amanda. Amanda held this for a couple of laps but Macleod retook the lead under braking for Becketts and Amanda had no answer as she was struggling to slow her car down: “The left rear hub was coming loose which made the handling difficult and also made the brake pedal inconsistent – virtually to the floor on occasion.” she said.

Despite the problem, she held a comfortable 2nd place but towards the end of the race, her engine started to falter and Mitchell came back past on the start finish straight. However, Amanda soldiered on and continued to put pressure on Mitchell. With two laps to go, he spun at Abbey and she retook 2nd place which she held to the flag with Macleod taking the win and Mitchell 3rd.

“That was a good hard race, but I know I could have gone quicker” said Amanda “It was a carburettor problem that was causing the engine to cut out at top revs – that & the hub problem were costing me loads of time. When it was spluttering I was just thinking “C’mon,C’mon!” but thankfully it kept going...then as I crossed the finish line it cut out all together – I was lucky to finish actually”.

She also finished the day with a class win and 6th overall in the Classic Racing cars event, pulling out a gap over 50 seconds ahead of Andrew Garside in the same class also in an Elden Mk 8.

She looks forward to the Snetterton double header race in 3 weeks time.

Amanda battles through the pack at Donington


County Durham's fast female Amanda Whitaker fought through the pack in the 2008 Historic Formula Ford season opener at Donington Park.

Having had only 2 weeks to prepare the 1971 Elden Mk8 prior to the first race with only half a day at Croft to shake down the car, she knew it would be tough. With just a handful of laps practice, she qualified further back than she would have liked in the field of over 36 cars.

However, she showed she had lost none of her skills come race time and made a fantastic start to jump a number of places on the opening couple of laps. She battled hard in the pack throughout the race and came through to finish 13th by the chequered flag.

She also competed in the Classic Racing Cars event having a close race to just steal 3rd in class on the last lap.

"We were struggling with a down on power engine - which we knew would be an unknown quantity with the car having stood unraced for so long. So I spent a lot of the time defending my position down the straights in both races, making it difficult to attack & move further forward" said Amanda.

However, she was upbeat for the remainder of the season "I'm pleased that we got a result and Dad & Rob (Story) did a fantastic job to sort a number of problems that occurred over the weekend. Apart from the engine, we also need to do some work with brakes & dampers - they might even be the original ones from 1971! The good news is we now know what we need to do to be competitive and we'll keep working hard until we get to where we want to be."

She races again at one of her favourite circuits Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire in a fortnight.

Fast female returns to the track!


County Durham’s fast female Amanda Whitaker returns to the race track this weekend (30th March) for the start of the HSCC Historic Formula Ford Championship at Donington Park (Derbyshire).

The 2006 European Historic Formula 2 Champion will be racing an ex-Mike Catlow 1971 Elden Mk8 Formula Ford 1600cc. She will be supported by her Father ex-Formula Ford racer Ronnie and long time mechanic Rob Story, both who helped her win 3 back to back Monoposto Championships in the late 1990’s.

She shook down the car at Croft last week and despite a few teething troubles had a successful first run:

“We only picked up the car 2 weeks ago and as it’s been sat and un-raced for a few years we’ve had to do a lot of work, to prepare it for the first race at Donington. Normally I would like to do at least one full test day before the race season to work on set up but due to time and required work to make it race ready this was not possible.”

“We will be doing the full season in the HSCC Historic Formula Ford Championship and intend to do as many of the HSCC Classic Racing Car Championship races as possible which both run at the same meetings. Both championships are well subscribed, with over 40 entries for the Historic Formula Ford race and over 30 entries for the Classic Racing Cars race for the first round so I look forward to some good competitive racing at some great circuits in the UK.

For more information or details of the race dates visit www.fastestfemale.com or www.AmandaWhitaker.com

Amanda & Anthony’s Spa partnership


County Durham fast female Amanda Whitaker is back in the hot seat next weekend, for the first time sharing a drive in a racing car with her partner Anthony Dunn. The pair are to drive a Lanan racing prepared Norma in the 4 hour Britcar / Britsports night race at Spa-Francorchamps on June 16th.

“Although we’ve done a few karting events together and we go to each others races, we’ve never actually raced a car together so it’s going to be fun!” said Amanda. The pair first met at Silverstone where they also continue to work together as racing instructors. They will be sharing a car with Swiss resident Barry Gates who has been winning races with Anthony in the Radical Enduro British Championship this year.

“I think we’ll all work well together and hope to be strong as a team – we’re looking forward to it.” said Anthony “I think we’ll have to ask the team to hide the lap times though as it might be a quiet car journey on the way home if we get too competitive!”.

Amanda had a short run in a Radical at Croft last week to acclimatise her to the type of car. www.AmandaWhitaker.com or www.FastestFemale.com

Formula Atlantic


County Durham racer Amanda Whitaker will race once again in the Formula Atlantic Class of the European F2 Championship in the Chevron B34 she drove to the title in 2006. The car is owned by series patron Oskar Christen & will be prepared & run by Vin Malkie's works Chevron team with the Ford BDA engine tuned by Swindon Racing Engines.

"I'm really looking forward to the season – it’s a fantastic calendar; we race at a couple of new venues this year plus some old favourites. It'll be the first time I will race in Italy at the season opener in Mugello and the Pau street circuit in France is going to be pretty exciting!" said Amanda.

The championship will be held over 7 weekends with 2 or sometimes 3 races at each event. As in 2006 there will be two visits to Germany - Hockenheim and Nurburgring, as well as Belgium's Spa-Francorchamps, the season finale at Dijon-Prenois in France and this year the series has a stand alone race at the prestigious Oulton Park Gold Cup which is Amanda’s favourite circuit.

The F2 championship consists of 3 classes - the most powerful 2.0 litre injection Formula 2, 1.6 litre injection Formula 2 and 1.6 litre carburettor Formula Atlantic.

Amanda's 2006 consistency helped her to score the most number of points across all of the classes - a feat which she hopes to achieve again in 2007.

To see more information on Amanda & the championship calendar visit: www.AmandaWhitaker.com

For more information on the European F2 championship go to: www.EuropeanF2.com

Amanda tops the 2006 Formula 2 points chase


County Durham racer Amanda Whitaker finished her 2006 racing campaign top of the table following the season finale at Dijon, France. She went into the weekend knowing that two 3rd place finishes would secure her the top spot.

In her first event at the historic venue, Amanda qualified 3rd in class in damp conditions behind Formula Atlantic rivals Sandy Watson and Martin Stretton. The first race on Saturday went well as she made a good start to jump Watson on the opening lap and maintained 2nd place to the flag.

Sunday’s race was more dramatic as she drove a fantastic opening lap to pass 6 cars! However, a couple of laps later she lost time when she spun on oil dropped from another car leaving her 5th in class. The oil caused another competitor to crash, bringing out the safety car and at the restart she fought back to take a close 3rd place in class.

Her results mean that adding to her European Formula Atlantic crown, she finishes the season as the highest points scorer of all classes in the entire Formula 2 series with 235 points, 7 points clear of fellow Brit Bob Juggins.

The success comes partly from the fact that she maintained a 100% finishing record in 2006 with 7 class wins and results of no lower than 3rd in class. “I really have to thank Vin Malkie and the whole Chevron team – their excellent preparation allowed me to maintain consistently good results throughout the year.” She said “It’s been a real privilege working with them and I also have to give (series Patron) Oskar Christen a special big thank you for giving me this opportunity.”

“I’ve really enjoyed racing in the European F2 series – it’s now getting very competitive with good grids, great looking cars and visits some of the best venues in Europe.”

Amanda hopes to continue in the series in 2007 as well as potentially driving a sportscar. Over the winter period, she will be doing some karting to maintain fitness levels and continuing instructing at Silverstone. She will also be working to gain further sponsorship backing to help with expenses and travelling for her 2007 motorsport campaign. For more details on how you can be involved go to www.FastestFemale.com

Golden Girl Shines at the Gold Cup


County Durham racing girl Amanda Whitaker had a fine weekend at the prestigious Oulton Park Gold Cup meeting. Amanda was driving in the Derek Bell Trophy series, a race not related to the Formula 2 Championship she normally competes in. She was on fine form in qualifying, giving her a 7th place starting position overall and 2nd in class, just behind nearest competitor Sandy Watson. Pole position overall was gained by Amanda’s team mate Christian Fischer driving a Formula 2 Chevron B25 – a great effort ahead of more powerful cars.

In the first race on Sunday, a heavy downpour before the race left a sodden track, but Amanda made a fine start to lead the class clearly on the opening laps and set off in pursuit of the leaders. She battled for many laps over 2nd place overall behind Mark Dwyer’s March 742 Formula 2 car, allowing Sandy to close on the pair of them. A terrific battle then ensued between all 3 and although Amanda made a brave move to pass both Watson & Dwyer around the outside into Knickerbrook chicane on the penultimate lap, Sandy made a lunge back past Amanda on the last corner of the last lap to take 2nd place, leaving Amanda with the final podium position. Christian Fischer retired from a good lead with gear shift problems and so the race was won by Frank Lyons in a Formula 5000 Lola T332. Amanda & Sandy were both catching Lyons towards the end of the race and finished only 10 seconds behind in their much less powerful Formula Atlantic Chevron’s.

In the second race on Monday, Amanda started from 3rd place overall (Sunday’s finishing position) and although she couldn’t compete with the higher class cars, she managed to turn the tables on Sandy…on the last corner of the last lap! This gave her a finish of 4th place overall and 1st in class. The race was again won by Frank Lyons in his Formula 5000, but only after Christian Fischer hit fuel problems leaving him to settle for second place, halting a fine charge through the field from very last on the grid to nearly catch Lyons on the final lap.

Amanda was very happy with her Bank Holiday’s work: “Oulton is my favourite circuit, so I was keen to go well this weekend. I wasn’t happy about finishing behind Sandy on Sunday, so I was keen to do better the following day…“.

Silverstone Classis


On Thursday 19th May Silverstone circuit and the BRDC hosted a media day to publicise the forthcoming Silverstone Classic which will replace the hugely popular Historic Festival. The event itself comprised of free testing for competitors entered for the event, combined with circuit rides and demonstrations for the Motoring Press.

As well as Amanda Whittaker (see above), other club members represented on the day were Penny Graham, who was there to look after her drivers from the GroupC/GTP series, and Janine Payne who had her Arrows A4 available to test along with Richard Eyre’s Leyton House Porsche. Sadly the weather was very damp so her testing was limited, not wishing to risk damage prior to the Monza event taking placed over the end of May Bank Holiday.

Andrew Spence did some proving tests on the Elva Formula Junior he shares with wife Sue Spence. Sue will be racing the car in July when they take it to Lisbon for the Gran Premio de Porto. Lorina McLaughlin was also present, in the garages, as was former member Jo Sebastian who was looking after the journalists and customers taking rides in Nick Shrigley Feigl’s two seater Formula 5000.

In total the Silverstone Classic will feature 17 races covering everything from pre-war Brooklands cars, to the modern, Group C and and Thoroughbred Grand Prix Cars. The event takes place on the weekend of July 30th and 31st. Come along, if you can, to support the members competing. Amanda has already had pride of place once - expect to see her and Janine Payne heading towards podium positions during this very exciting Silverstone weekend.

Amanda Whitaker has finished 3rd in class in her first season in the European Formula 2 Series.


Racing in the Formula Atlantic class, Amanda competed in both a B34 Chevron and Palliser chassis and set the pace on many of her outings taking 3 class wins, 3 fastest laps and 2 second places over the year. Her championship result comes despite the fact that she did not compete in the final two events of the season due to engine troubles.

However, she looks forward to racing in the Chevron once again in 2006: “This was very much a development year and next year there will be a few changes which should allow me to race to win the championship!” she said “I’d like to once again thank Oskar Christen for giving me the opportunity to drive his cars – his support has been fantastic.".

"This is a great series with cars how they should look and sound, good size grids, competitive racing and it visits some of the best circuits in Europe – I can’t wait until next year!”.

Amanda Whitaker takes Pride of Place at Silverstone Classic


Amanda Whitaker's Chevron B34 Formula Atlantic racing car took pride of place at Silverstone last week on the open day for the newly launched 'Silverstone Classic' race weekend - a historic racing car festival featuring six decades of cars from Formula One to Le Mans sportscars.

Parked on Pole Position outside the main base of circuit owners the British Racing Drivers Club, Amanda was helping to promote the Historic European F2 series that will be racing at the meeting on 30th & 31st July. She next races at Germany's famous Nurburgring circuit on June 25th & 26th where she hopes to consolidate her championship lead in the Formula Atlantic class.

2010

 

2009

HSCC Historic Formula Ford 1600 Championship

  • 2nd in HSCC Historic Formula Ford National Championship
  • 7 Outright wins, 10 podiums, 1 lap record
  • HSCC Alan Brownlee Trophy (Best Lady)
  • Three BWRDC championship titles in (Goodwin, Hillwood Jewellers Coupe des Dames and Monoposto Trophies)

2008

HSCC Historic Formula Ford 1600 Championship

  • 3rd in UK Championship

HSCC Classic Racing Cars Championship

  • 2nd in UK Championship in Formula Ford Class

Classic Formula Ford 1600 Championship

  • 4 class wins

Four BWRDC championship titles

Goodwin, Hillwood Jewellers Coupe des Dames, Monoposto and Embassy Trophies. BWRDC Gold Stars Nominee.

2006

European Formula 2 Championship (Formula Atlantic Class)

  • European Formula Atlantic Champion
  • Top points scorer in overall F2 Championship (across all classes)
  • 7 class wins
  • 3 second places in class

Oulton Park Gold Cup

  • 3rd & 4th overall in Derek Bell Series (win & 2nd in class)

2005 Historic European Formula 2 (Formula Atlantic class)

  • 3 wins
  • 2 second places
  • Championship contender

2001 Endurance Karting

  • 24hr kart race in Dubai
  • 3rd in kart race at Lydd

 2000 Northern Saloon & Sportscar (TVR Tuscan)

  • Only 2 races
  • One pole position
  • One 3rd place

1999 No racing

1996-2018 Monoposto

  • Won the Monoposto championship 3 years in a row
  • First female to win a National single seater championship
  • First female to have won a Monoposto race
  • 28 wins
  • 25 pole positions
  • 26 fastest laps
  • 9 lap records
  • 2 outright lap records

1995 Formula Vauxhall (B class)

  • 3rd in Formula Vauxhall championship
  • Top 3 on 5 occasions

1994 Formula Vauxhall (B class)

  • First female to win a Formula Vauxhall race
  • 2nd in the Formula Vauxhall championship
  • Top 3 on 7 occasions

1991-1993 Formula Ford 1600

  • Finished in the top 4 out of 4 major championships
  • 3 wins
  • Lap record at Oulton Park

1989-1990 100cc Karts

  • Finished in the top 3 out of 4 major championship
 

2008 Schedule


  • 30th March Donington Park (National Circuit)
  • 13th April Cadwell Park
  • 10th - 11th May Silverstone (International Circuit)
  • 31st May - 1st June Snetterton (Double Header)
  • 28th - 29th June Brands Hatch (Grand Prix Circuit)
  • 12th - 13th July Pembrey
  • 3rd August Castle Combe
  • 23rd - 25th August Oulton Park (International Circuit)
  • 13th September Brands Hatch (Indy Circuit)
  • 4th - 5th October Donington Park (National Circuit)
  • 18th October Silverstone (National Circuit)

 

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