Godfreys Of Horsham Mazda Helps Local Pilot In Her Bid To Become A Racing Driver

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Godfreys of Horsham Mazda is helping a local pilot Joanna Linton in her bid to become a racing driver. Joanna has made it through to the final 50 in the Mazda RX-8 Formula Woman Championship, which will feature on national television on ITV1 from 23 May 2004.

The Mazda RX-8 Formula Woman Championship is set to change the face of motorsport through the creation of the first UK racing series devoted entirely to female drivers.

Godfreys of Horsham Dealer Principal Richard Hemming is delighted to support Joanna as the local Horsham representative in her bid to become a racing driver: "We are making sure that Joanna has all the Mazda RX-8 knowledge she needs to help her get through the Elimination Week and make the final 16 race team."

Godfreys Sales Executive Roger Simmons added: "Joanna had her first chance behind the wheel of a Mazda RX-8 at Godfreys of Horsham Mazda and has been speaking to our team to learn more about the car and its unique rotary-powered engine."

Joanna made it through from over 12,000 applicants who applied via the Formula Woman website last year. 2,400 applicants were then selected for a series of assessment days at racetracks throughout the UK.

Joanna attended the Brands Hatch assessment day in November 2003 where she successfully passed a rigorous assessment day involving three assessed laps around a racetrack in a Mazda MX-5 with a racing instructor, a media interview test, reaction and fitness tests.

Joanna goes forward this week (8 March) for a boot camp style Elimination Week, filmed for ITV1, where the final 16 contestants plus reserves will be selected to go through to the race series.

Joanna has high hopes for the Elimination Week: "I am absolutely delighted to have made it through to the final 50 in the Formula Woman programme. And now that I have sat in the Mazda RX-8 at Godfreys Mazda I really hope I get the chance to race one in the championship!"

Peter Wheeler Godfreys Sales Executive said: "We’re all backing Joanna to get through the selection process because we’d love to be able to cheer on a local star when the race series is shown on television. We’ll certainly be watching her progress."

Richard Hemming added: "The Mazda RX-8 Formula Woman Championship will really capture the imagination of the public – just as the Mazda RX-8 has already caused a real stir since it went on sale last October. With a major ITV1 series planned to go on air from 23 May to cover the selection process and the race series itself, this really is a chance for Joanna to become a racing driver and TV star!" Richard enthused.

For further information on Formula Woman visit www.formulawoman.com

Published 8 March 2004 Melanie Carter

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