Amanda Whitaker is Britain's most successful female racing driver!

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Race Career Summary

Amanda started racing Karts in 1989 at the age of 15 and quickly established herself as a front runner and by her second year in karting she had finished in the top 3 in 4 major championships.

At the end of 1991, shortly after her 17th Birthday Amanda followed in the footsteps of her father Ronnie and made the move into single seaters. She raced her Dad's old 1979 Formula Ford and finished in the top 10 on most occasions despite a limited budget.

In 1992 she made the brave move of entering into the closest starting formula in the world - the British Formula Ford Championship and defied expectations (certainly of most of her male competitors!) by finishing 3rd in the Junior Championship and 4th in the Scottish.

In 1993 she established herself as a pace setter, winning 3 races including setting a lap record at Oulton Park and eventually finishing 2nd in the Scottish Junior Championship. The success led to an opportunity to test a 150 MPH Formula Vauxhall single seater at the end of the year when she was instantly 'on the pace'.

She therefore made the move into the category in 1994 where she raced for 2 years. Racing with such names as Juan Pablo Montoya and Darren Manning she finished on the Class B podium on numerous occasions, winning a race, setting a lap record and overall finishing 2nd & 3rd in main the championship and 2nd in the 1995 winter series.

In 1996 Amanda moved to the British Monoposto Championship in which she began a remarkable run of success, winning the championship in her first year and becoming the first female to win a National Single Seater Championship. She repeated the feat in the 1997 & 1998, becoming the first female to take 3 back-to-back National championship wins. At most races she took the Win, Pole Position, Fastest Lap and collected a plethora of trophies and awards (over 20 in total) in the process. More than 10 years later, she still holds 4 Monoposto lap records!

She took a 1 year sabbatical in 1999 due to a lack of budget and instead focussed on furthering her career in motorsport instructing. In 2000 she made a comeback to sportscars in a TVR Tuscan where she was once again a front runner.

2005 saw Amanda return to the track in the prestigious European Historic Formula 2 Series. Racing a 220 BHP 1976 Chevron B34 single seater, she retuned to to her winning ways, winning 3 races and finishing 3rd in class, depite missing 2 rounds due to mechanical problems.

2006 saw her once again competing in European F2 and she added another title to her belt by becoming European Formula Atlantic Champion with 7 wins, also finishing the year as top points scorer across all classes in the whole European F2 Championship.

In 2008, Amanda returned to her Formula Ford routes racing a 1971 Elden Mk8 and took 3rd in the HSCC Historic Formula Ford Championship with a number of podiums. She also competed in Classic Formula Ford, winning her class several times and she finished 2nd in the Formula Ford Class in the HSCC Classic Racing Cars Championship.

In 2009 she returned again to the championship and had a titanic battle with Westie Mitchell for the title. Despite having a huge crash at Mallory Park in August, the title went to the wire at Silverstone and she finished 2nd by just 3 points.

In 2010 she once again raced the Elden in select races, a SC93 Swift Formula Ford and a TIGA SF78 Formula Ford 2000. Her last race was at the Oulton Park Gold Cup where she had a race long battle with ex-Formula One driver Ian Ashley for 3rd place and she finished a close 4th at the chequered flag.