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Liz HallidayLiz Halliday will make her Autosport International Karting Challenge debut later this week (Friday 10 January) as part of the only all-female team to contest 2014’s event.

Halliday, the most successful female driver in American Le Mans Series history, is a regular visitor to the Autosport International Show thanks to her British Women Racing Drivers Club (BWRDC) commitments but has never taken part in the three-hour endurance race, which is held annually at the NEC in Birmingham.

Five of Britain’s fastest ladies will line up alongside Liz in a team that features Alice Powell, Zoe Wenham, Jamie Chadwick, Tiffany Chittenden and Louise Richardson.

A total of 25 entries will vie for the Dan Wheldon Karting Trophy in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society, a cause close to Liz’s heart.

“This will be my first time contesting the Autosport event, and when I was told money raised would benefit the Alzheimer’s Society it wasn’t something I could turn down,” confirmed Liz. “My late father, Don Halliday, who was a great racing driver in his time, sadly suffered with the disease for many years, so I have first-hand experience of its debilitating effects. Yes, the race will be a bit of fun for everyone involved but, for me at least, it will have an added dimension.”

As well as contesting this year’s race, Halliday will also be appearing on the BWRDC stand during Saturday morning’s Gold Stars award ceremony, which recognises the club’s outstanding young talent.

“This will be my sixth year as a Gold Stars mentor and during that time the club has gone from strength to strength,” added Liz. “It’s great to see so many talented women drivers competing well and getting recognised, and that’s something we’re hoping to prove a bit more during Friday’s kart race.”

Any members of the public wishing to take part can still reserve their places by contacting Baz Scott: 07971017737.

For more information about the event follow @DWKartingTrophy on Twitter and like www.facebook.com/DanWheldonKartingTrophy. You can donate to the Alzheimer’s Society by visiting www.justgiving.com/dan-wheldon.

Liz HallidayA stirring performance helped Liz Halliday overcome damaged rear bodywork, which caused two additional pit-stops, to take 2-Eleven class honours in the penultimate round of this year’s Lotus Cup UK championship at Donington Park last weekend (October 6/7).

The 90-minute enduro that ran into darkness always looked likely to suit the most successful female driver in American Le Mans Series history, and so it proved as she displayed much experience and speed during her feisty fight back.

Halliday’s stunning qualifying lap hinted at what was to come after taking third overall and class pole by an impressive 1.5 seconds in her John Danby Racing-run Lotus 2-Eleven.

That pace was also evident over the opening laps of Sunday’s contest as the professional dual sportswoman built a healthy advantage over her pursuers. But with less than 30 minutes on the clock the complexion of her race changed dramatically when the car’s rear-end was damaged, which began to badly affect its handling.

With the problem only worsening and her lap times suffering as a result, Liz elected to make her mandatory fuel stop early in the hope that the team could address the problem. Despite the JDR mechanics working quickly to rectify the damage during the short pit window, Halliday re-joined knowing that an additional pit-stop would probably be required.

Flat-out was now the only way to ensure a strong result and Halliday duly set about doing just that while the diffuser and undertray held together. Ultimately she would give away an additional two stops to her rivals over the 90-minute race as the full extent of the issue became apparent.

But despite the various dramas, with just a handful of laps remaining Halliday had clawed her way back up to third in class, a commendable result given the circumstances. Then, out of nowhere, an even more unlikely turn of events helped her assume the lead when both cars ahead hit trouble.

The result wasn’t assured though as the Lotus, all-but out of fuel due to the unscheduled early pit-stop, began to splutter on the final lap. Fortunately there was just enough in the tank for Liz to coast over the line and secure her maiden victory in the 2-Eleven class.

Liz Halliday: “What a crazy race! There were so many twists and turns throughout so it’s a relief, as well as a surprise, to have taken the win. But I don’t think this was a fluke. Yes, we got some luck at the end with the two leaders retiring and the car just making it around, but we were on pole by a big margin and able to comfortably build an advantage at the start before the diffuser began to badly affect the car’s handling. It generates a lot of the rear grip so losing that has a big impact on performance. The team worked very hard at each stop to find a lasting solution, and they did very well to eventually figure out a way to hold it all together through to the end. I am extremely proud of the job they’ve done to develop the car into a class winner over the season and hopefully we can repeat the result, if not the manner of it, at Snetterton!”

The final round of this year’s championship takes place at Snetterton on October 28.

For more information on Liz Halliday, please visit www.lizhalliday.com.

Liz Halliday joined fellow British Women Racing Drivers Club members at the Chelsea AutoLegends Festival last weekend (September 1/2) as stars from across the motorsport world descended on the London-based event.

With more than 500 cars on display, including vintage Formula 1 and Le Mans machinery, the festival’s third running attracted a bumper crowd numbering in the thousands to Chelsea’s Royal Hospital grounds.

And, with AutoLegends raising funds for a worthy cause as well as seeing the BWRDC celebrate its 50th anniversary as part of the Castrol Women in Motorsport display, it was a thoroughly rewarding weekend for Liz and her fellow club members.

The event began on Saturday evening at the Royal Hospital’s Great Hall with a champagne reception, black-tie dinner and auction in aid of Walking with the Wounded, a British-based charity that supports re-training and education for injured servicemen and women.

The following day festivities moved to the Grade I listed building’s grounds where Liz participated in the HR Owen Supercar Parade aboard a Lamborghini Aventador. Meanwhile visitors to the show were treated to a feast of stunning machinery while a host of racing legends – including five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell – were in attendance throughout the day.

As well as being busy behind the wheel, Liz was also called into action in front of the camera, making use of her increasing broadcast experience to handle some ad-hoc interviews and television duties for Motors TV.

Liz Halliday: “It was an honour to be invited to Chelsea AutoLegends this year and to have the opportunity to represent the BWRDC at such a fantastic event. The fact that it was in aide of Walking with the Wounded made it all the more worthwhile.

“Getting behind the wheel of the Aventador on Sunday was certainly a cool experience, though being part of a parade meant I couldn’t push it as much as I might have liked! Still, it’s a great looking machine, something that we definitely weren’t short on this weekend. I’d like to thank HR Owen for providing such a fantastic line-up of cars and the organisers for a great event, one the BWRDC and all of girls involved were thrilled to be a part of.”

More information on Walking with the Wounded can be found on their website: www.walkingwiththewounded.org.uk

Chelsea AutoLegends coverage will air shortly on Motors TV. Fore more information on times please see www.MotorsTV.com

For more information on Liz Halliday please visit www.lizhalliday.com

Liz HallidayProfessional dual sportswoman Liz Halliday returns to the cockpit this weekend (13/15 April) for her first competitive outing since 2010 when the Lotus Cup UK season begins at Silverstone.

The British-based Californian, who remains the most successful female driver in American Le Mans Series history, will channel her considerable knowledge of sports-prototypes into a new project with highly-experienced Lotus squad John Danby Racing.

Despite sporadic outings, Halliday’s motorsport career has been largely on hold since 2008 when her other profession, 3-Day Eventing, took precedent. That commitment to both sports will be in evidence again this weekend when Liz, having completed practice on Friday, travels to the South of England Horse Trials in Sussex before returning to Silverstone for Sunday’s qualifying session and one-hour race around the full Grand Prix layout.

Halliday has already sampled the team’s 2-Eleven at Donington Park and Brands Hatch ahead of this weekend’s season opener and found that despite its obvious differences, the Lotus still exceeded her expectations.

“The car was very good right out of the box and felt like I could race it straight away,” said Liz. “We’ve made a few changes as you would expect but I must congratulate JDR on developing a very impressive package over the winter. It goes without saying that the 2-Eleven is vastly different to the LMP cars I have driven in the past but that didn’t stop me from having a great time. It’s a quick car and I think that as I spend more time driving it and getting to know the characteristics of the handling I will enjoy it even more.

“The quality of drivers, their experience of the championship and sheer number of cars ensures that the series will be competitive from the start. Silverstone is about finding my feet and establishing where we are, but with a car capable of running at the front that’s where I’m hoping to be on Sunday. It’s going to be great to be out there again and I just can’t wait to get started!”

JDR Team Owner John Danby added: “JDR is looking forward to competing with Liz and the Lotus 2-Eleven after some excellent pre-season tests. Liz has helped enormously with the development of the car which will use a JDR-installed gearbox, something that is currently unique to the 2-Eleven. Although the Lotus Cup UK series is highly competitive, we are sure Liz and the car will perform well and that she can bring some of her endurance racing knowledge to the longer events.”