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Show them what you're made of

A BUSHEY woman who won a year's sponsorship as a racing driver with Silverstone Rally School will be taking to the track for her first competitive heat this weekend.

Miss Celine Amschwand, of The Rutts, Bushey Heath, won the school's Lady-Quest 2002 competition in August, beating 100 other high speed hopefuls.

Until she entered the event, the 21-year-old had no experience of rallying.

In fact, she admits she "casually" entered the contest to train and race for the school, which aims to increase the number of female participants in the male-dominated sport.

Since then Miss Amschwand has been learning the ropes, including acting as a radio operator on the recent Network Q Rally and as a co-driver on the Tempest Stages.

She said: "Learning all this helps me to understand the sport a lot more and it gives me a lot of confidence.

"Nervous? Of course I am. I'm going to be driving at very high speed with my co-driver Steve Sofroniou telling me where to go but I am looking forward to my first event."

Miss Amschwand, a former IT support worker, will be driving the school's Ford Escort MKV RS2000 at Longcross on Sunday.

She said: "I'm going to show those men what we women are made of."

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