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.