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Harrison Dunn arrives!

Posted by Amanda Whitaker on June 15, 2017 at 12:20 AM

Welcome to the world Harrison Dunn! Harrison was born on 3rd November 2013 in The Friarage Northallerton.

Scarlet Dunn has arrived!

Posted by Amanda Whitaker on June 8, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Amanda Whitaker & Anthony Dunn are proud to announce the birth of their first child Scarlet Jane Whitaker Dunn on Thursday 2nd June. Scarlet was in such a hurry to meet the world that she couldn't wait to get to Darlington Hospital - she instead arrived at 12.20 pm at Newton Aycliffe Doctors Surgery!

 

She weighed just 6lbs but mother and baby are doing well and are now home starting their new lives.

 

Amanda & Anthony would like to thank everyone, particularly the mid-wives at the Jubilee Medical Group in Newton Aycliffe and to all their family, friends and neighbours for the well wishes and gifts.

For more pics of Scarlet and family see here:

http://gallery.me.com/anthonydunn99#100145

Newspaper front page

Posted by Amanda Whitaker on January 21, 2011 at 5:14 AM

Amanda & husband Anthony made the front page of YourLocal newspaper in January, as the paper did an article on Amanda's racing career & how they are showing youngsters how to get involved in motor racing through the 'GoMotorsport' campaign.


Amanda will be showing her car and talking about her career in motorsport together with Anthony at Darlington College on 28th January.



CARS FOR SALE

Posted by Amanda Whitaker on September 7, 2010 at 11:46 AM

The cars Amanda races successfully are for sale - please click here for more info.

Rollercoast Gold Cup

Posted by Amanda Whitaker on August 31, 2010 at 2:29 PM
Amanda had a rollercoaster ride at the Oulton Park Gold Cup this weekend.

She 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

Posted by Amanda Whitaker on August 9, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Amanda had a promising, but ultimately disappointing weekend at home circuit Croft's '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 despite a lack of engine power.


In the Formula Ford 1600 race, she finished a disappointed 5th - again in damp conditions - after struggling with a down on power engine. 


On Sunday, a dry day, she stayed in 5th place (and once again 1st in class) in her TIGA in the Formula Ford 2000 race although again struggled with a lack of engine power. "We're still working on improving the car setup - 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 power" she said.

 


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 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 30th.

Return to NW FFord at Oulton

Posted by Amanda Whitaker on August 2, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Amanda made a return to the North West Formula Ford Championship at Oulton Park this weekend.


She was racing the SC93 Swift Formula Ford 1600 in the Championship, which she last raced at the start of her career in the early 1990's.


She finished 5th in class in race one and 7th in race 2, despite having limited mileage in the car.


'We are still learning about the setup and I think we were a little down on power too, so there's much more to come yet' said Amanda. It was an even more remarkable feat just to compete at the event considering Amanda's Father (& Chief Engineer at Amaron Racing) is still recovering from a heart attack only 3 weeks previous.

 

A full report from the weekend can be seen here:

http://www.brscc.co.uk/latest-news/335-cavalcade-in-the-park.html

And results:

http://www.tsl-timing.com/brscc/2010/103031.pdf

 

She next races the Elden Mk8 Formula Ford 1600 and TIGA SF78 Formula Ford 2000 at her home circuit Croft this weekend (7-8 August) in the 'Nostalgia Weekend' event where all manner of classic cars are racing. 


The first event of its kind in the North-East will feature 16 races for an increasing number of (now more than 180) rare and iconic sports, saloon, GT and single-seater cars from the Forties, Fifties, Sixties and Seventies. The line-up is worth many millions of pounds with some cars having been individually valued at £250,000.


For more information visit www.croftcircuit.co.uk

Engine problems at Cadwell

Posted by Amanda Whitaker on May 16, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Following her dominant display at the Croft season opener, Amanda had engine problems at Cadwell Park Classic Formula Ford 1600 championship in her Elden Mk8, leading to a non-start for the race.


At the start of testing on Friday, she noticed low oil pressure on her gauge on her 'out lap' and she had to switch her engine off & coast back into the pits to avoid damaging the unit.


The engine was replaced with a spare for Sunday's qualifying, but that too developed a problem and she switched her engine off mid-lap and was unable to complete the qualifying session. Being unable to detect the problem, the decision was made to retire from competing in the race to prevent further damage to the engine.


She next races in her Swift SC93 Formula Ford 1600 at Oulton Park on 31st July.

Top step at Croft!

Posted by Amanda Whitaker on April 18, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Amanda Whitaker was once again on the top step of the podium this weekend at Croft, taking 3 wins and a third out of 4 races.

 

 

Driving Amaron Racing’s rebuilt Elden Mark 8, in its second outing since its huge accident at Mallory Park last year, Amanda took a class win on Saturday’s URS Classic Formula Ford 1600 race, although she was unlucky not to have won outright having started from Pole Position. She had defended well from Andrew Smith, but then was forced off track by Paul Walton during a dice for the lead and had to fight back to 3rd overall & Class B victory.

 

She redressed matters on Sunday, after once again starting from Pole Position she took the lead & initially fought off close attention from Walton and then got into her stride, pulling over a second a lap gap from her pursuers. The race was red flag after 9 minutes due to an incident that left two cars stranded on the circuit. At the restarted race she again took up the lead, easing a gap of nearly 5 seconds to Steve Pearce and took another Class B win, the outright race victory and fastest lap.

 

“I was disappointed on Saturday, but today we changed some settings and I could comfortably lead once I found the groove so I’m really happy. It feels good to win again in this car, coming on the back of our 3rd place at Cadwell Park last weekend – we don’t intend to race it all year because it is for sale, but we wanted to prove it’s back to original form after the accident”.

 

Amanda had a busy weekend as she was also driving her TIGA Formula Ford in the URS Classic FF2000 races. Amaron Racing did well to get the car together for the race after suffering a blown engine at Cadwell Park last weekend. However, the replacement engine was well down on power having been purchased for only £30 in the week leading up to the event!

 

“We had to treat the races like an extended test session, as the engine wasn’t built for racing and it was well down on power, but it was useful to get some more mileage in the car & work on some setup as it’s still new to us” she said. Amanda qualified on the back row for both races, but actually managed to win her class on the Saturday after making a great start and outracing her rivals in a race of attrition. She also finished 3rd in class in Sunday’s event.

 

She next races at Cadwell Park in 3 weeks time in both Classic Formula Ford 1600 & 2000.

Back on the podium at Cadwell

Posted by Amanda Whitaker on April 12, 2010 at 7:29 PM

Amanda Whitaker took a podium place at Cadwell Park this weekend driving Amaron Racing's recently restored Elden Mk 8 Formula Ford 1600. It was the first time she was racing the car since it was badly damaged in her huge crash at Mallory Park in August 2009.

 


 

Thankfully, she showed the car still had all of the original competitiveness by qualifying and racing to 3rd behind rising stars Darren Burke and Ben Simms. The race was a two part affair, the first start being red flagged while Amanda was running in 2nd. Although at the restart Amanda made a poor getaway to drop initially to 5th, she soon retook 4th and then clawed her way back onto the podium by overtaking David Wilds 4 laps from the end.


In the first time racing Amaron's newly acquired Tiga Formula Ford 2000, she qualified a surprising 5th overall in a 26 car grid & 2nd in class, despite her only having 6 laps in the car since purchase, having little setup work and being well over the minimum weight limit! She dropped to 8th at the start but managed to gain 7th spot and was hot on the heels of those ahead until the engine failed, causing a DNF.


"I'm pleased to make a good start to the year, despite the problems. We had a hectic weekend running two cars but we had a good time and I'm looking forward to Croft this coming weekend" she said.

Amanda & Anthony tie the knot!

Posted by Amanda Whitaker on April 5, 2010 at 8:50 AM
Amanda Whitaker & Anthony Dunn announce their marriage on 20th March in Darlington, County Durham.
 

 
The pair have been together for 10 years having met whilst instructing at Silverstone.

They got engaged in Durham 14 months ago and finally tied the knot at a civil ceremony at the Hall Garth Hotel, Darlington.

Amanda is a 3 times Monoposto (Single Seater) Champion and also won the European Historic Formula Atlantic title in 2006. Recently she has been racing in HSCC Historic Formula Ford in a Mk8 Elden, narrowly missing the title last year to Westie Mitchell.

Anthony is an ex-Formula Vauxhall Junior graduate and BARC Formula Renault race winner. He won the Radical SR3 Enduro British Championship in 2007. Last year he finished 2nd in the SPEED UK series and won the European series partnering Barry Gates.

Despite 40 years of racing experience between them, they have only competed against each other once at Croft in the SPEED series in 2008 where Amanda beat Anthony by one place!

They both plan to race this season, with Amanda testing her rebuilt Elden Mk8 Formula Ford 1600 and recently acquired TIGA SF78 Formula Ford 2000 at Teesside Autodrome prior to racing at Cadwell Park on April 11th.
 
Amanda will be keeping her maiden name for all racing, instructing & professional purposes.


Click here to view all of the wedding photo’s in high quality:

http://gallery.me.com/anthonydunn99#gallery


Amanda & Anthony Go Motorsport

Posted by Amanda Whitaker on March 13, 2010 at 7:47 AM
Amanda presented her racing car to a busy open day at George Stephenson High School in Killingworth. The day was a STEM Club celebration event held by the school featuring displays & workshops related to Science, Maths and Engineering. Between 100-200 pupils were in attendance.



Amanda displayed her Elden Mk8 that she raced in 2009 to 4 wins and second place in the HSCC Formula Ford National Championship. As one of the UK’s most successful female racing drivers, she was on hand to answer questions from the students on how she has made a career from the sport. 

She was invited as a special guest as her fiance Anthony was presenting to the students as part of the Motor Sport Association’s Go Motorsport campaign, encouraging youngsters to get involved in motorsport.

Anthony also displayed a collection of genuine Williams Formula One car components for the students to learn and made a presentation to the students including a video of how & where to watch, help or drive in motorsport, introduced by F1 star Lewis Hamilton.

For a free Go Motorsport visit by Anthony to your school, please contact him on mail@anthonydunn.co.uk

For more information on the STEM show, visit here: http://www.gshs.org.uk/stem-club-fair-1


Amanda takes 4 trophies at 2010 BWRDC Awards

Posted by Amanda Whitaker on February 21, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Amanda took a large collection of silverware home from the annual British Women Racing Drivers Club awards this weekend. 

  

 

Amanda 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

The Embassy Trophy for the overall BWRDC Champion of the year (for a record 5th time)

 

She was presented the trophies by 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.

 

More school visits with Go Motorsport

Posted by Amanda Whitaker on February 4, 2010 at 5:41 PM

Amanda once again has been helping out with Anthony on his Go Motorsport school visits. She twice visited her old school Sunnydale in Shildon, talking to the students about a career in motorsport.




The Northern Echo covered the Sunnydale visit today. Aycliffe Village Primary school also had a visit from Anthony & Amanda - and they left a karting trophy as a competition prize for the best drawing of a race or rally car.


She will also be making an appearance with her 93 Swift Formula Ford car at George Stephenson High School, Killingworth, near Newcastle in March.

Amanda's photoshoot at Roman

Posted by Amanda Whitaker on November 11, 2009 at 6:06 PM

Amanda did a photoshoot for sponsor Roman outside their factory in Newton Aycliffe

 


 

For all the photo's, see this link:

http://amandawhitaker.webs.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=7444794

Semi-final exit at Walter Hayes Trophy

Posted by Amanda Whitaker on November 2, 2009 at 11:14 AM
Amanda 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 maneuvers 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 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. For a visit to your school please call Anthony on 07771 857818.

High Coniscliffe School visit

Posted by Amanda Whitaker on October 22, 2009 at 8:26 PM

Amanda & Anthony did another school visit for GoMotorsport at High Coniscliffe Primary School.


 


They talked in assembly to over 100 pupils about how to get involved in motorsport either as a driver, spectator or helper. They offered a trophy as a prize to the winner of the best drawn picture of a racing car by a pupil.


See here for a full report:


http://www.highconiscliffe.darlington.sch.uk/events.htm


Amanda runner up in title race

Posted by Amanda Whitaker on October 19, 2009 at 10:09 AM
County Durham's fast female Amanda Whitaker has finished runner up in the 2009 HSCC Historic Formula Ford Championship, narrowly missing out on her chance to become the first female in history to win a National Formula Ford title.
 
 
Amanda finished 7th at Silverstone, and with title rival Westie Mitchell finishing 4th in his first comeback race since his injuries sustained at Mallory Park, she missed out on the title by just 3 points.

Amanda qualified 7th on the grid of 33 cars, with Westie only a couple of places ahead in 5th, although she struggled with a lack of grip and slightly incorrect gearing causing her to be off her normal pace.

However, she made a good start in the race to jump to 6th place and diced for position with Robert Wainwright & Derek Rodgers. However, Wainwright misjudged his braking for Becketts corner and made contact with the back wheel of Amanda's car, knocking her wide  and loosing her position to Wainwright & Simon Toyne. However, she quickly fought back & re-passed Toyne for 7th place, although the resultant melee caused her to loose time to the pack in front. But Amanda got her head down & closed the gap, although ran out of time to challenge the pack.
 
Into the last lap, Amanda sat in 7th with Westie on the tail of the pack ahead in 6th. If they finished in that order, Amanda would have lost just one point to Westie and would have claimed the championship. However, in an usual overtaking place out of the final corner on the final lap Westie slipped past David Wilds and Derek Rodgers to take 4th and the title.
  
"I'm obviously disappointed to take second, having fought for the title all year" said Amanda. "However, Westie is a worthy champion and it's good to see him racing again after his injury. Between us, we have had a good, clean, close fought championship this year."

"We have had lots to handle this year - missing a race, engine issues, braking problems, a big accident, etc. So after all the trials and tribulations this year, I'm actually relieved it's over! I guess 'the best man won' " she said.

She races again for the final time this year at Silverstone at the ultra competitive Walter Hayes Festival on November 1st - where over 100 of the world's best Formula Ford racers compete in a series of heats & finals.

School visit & ITV guest

Posted by Amanda Whitaker on October 2, 2009 at 7:07 PM

Amanda made a trip to local Primary School 'Cleves Cross' in Ferryhill, helping partner Anthony tell the kids all about how to get involved in motorsport.


See here for more photo's http://www.clevescross.durham.sch.uk/14656


Amanda was also a studio guest of ITV North East as she talked about girl racer Sarah Moore who is on the verge of winning the 2009 Ginetta Junior championship. Amanda also spoke about her own career in motorsport.

Championship lead for Amanda

Posted by Amanda Whitaker on September 14, 2009 at 3:52 AM

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.


 


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