Rockingham’s rally star wins BWRDC recognition
By LJ Hutchins
Monday, January 24th, 2011
Cat Lund, rally co-driver and Head of Operations at the Rockingham Motor Speedway, has won this year’s British Women Racing Drivers’ Club (BWRDC) Club GoldStar Award.
She was presented with her prize by BBC Sport presenter and Formula One regular Jake Humphrey at the Autosport International show last week.
The 39-year-old was nominated following her double rally championship season with driver Andy Rowe in which they won the Flanders International Rally Challenge (FIRC) and BWRDC Rally.
Cat, who has worked at Rockingham since 2007, enjoyed her most successful season to date co-driving for Andy in the pair’s Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 3, contesting the five FIRC rounds in Belgium and winning two rallies outright in the UK.
She joined Formula Renault BARC Champion Alice Powell who was presented with the Elite GoldStar Award for the second year in succession thanks to her outstanding season.
You can check out pictures of the two women receiving their awards on the BWDRC website here.
Cat said of her season: “I was terrifically surprised to win ahead of Louise and Amy, who have both had a really successful racing season, but I’m just so pleased someone in rallying can win this prestigious award.
“To have Jake Humphrey present the award was amazing! He has experienced co-driving himself recently and so I felt like he could relate to my achievements. The prizes are fantastic and to have Liz Halliday as my mentor is just brilliant!
“To be presented with this honour from my peers in the BWRDC is the perfect end to an incredible 2010 season and a great start to 2011.”
The GoldStars are the BWRDC’s way of flagging up talent within motorsport and the winner of the club award receives mentoring from international sportswoman and broadcaster Liz Halliday.
Liz added: “It’s brilliant. Cat looked very surprised but she has earned it; they’ve had a tough but a very successful year. I think it’s kind of cool that we’ve given the award to a champion rally co-driver. It just goes to show how much a co-driver’s talents are genuinely recognised. I know she’s got a few questions to ask me, so I hope she will find me useful this year.”
Cat and Andy will be contesting the FIRC again in their EVO 3 in 2011, with the challenge kicking-off at the end of May with the ORC Canal Rally in West Flanders, Belgium.