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Jonathan Lee Recruitment support British female rally driver

Posted by: Katherine Garratt 2 Mar 15 - 9:30AM  | Recruitment

Specialist engineering recruitment consultancy Jonathan Lee Recruitment is supporting reigning British Rally Championship (BRC) ladies’ champion Louise Cook in support of her ambition to win the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).

Louise has made prodigious steps in the sport of rallying by becoming the first female driver to gain an FIA World Rally Championship title not specifically tailored for women, taking victory in the FIA WRC Production Car Cup in 2012 driving a Ford Fiesta ST. Louise’s next aim is to become the first female driver to lift the FIA WRC trophy.

“It is wonderful to see how Louise’s passion for engineering and motorsport has shaped her ambition to win the FIA WRC” says Jonathan Lee, Chairman of Jonathan Lee Recruitment. “As with any form of motorsport, the finance required to run the car and fund the technology is key success, so we are proud to be supporting Louise’s pursuit of her professional goals. We wish her all the best in the 2015 season”.

Louise first drove a rally car while studying car design at Coventry University, signing up to a competition designed to help encourage more women into the sport. With no previous motorsport experience, Louise found herself securing 2nd position out of 1000 entrants, giving her the confidence to gain her full rally license and enter her first event. Louise then went on to compete in her first rally season in 2010, where she finished in the top 10, before taking 2nd in the Fiesta Sport Trophy UK and securing the British Rally Championship Ladies’ title a year later. In 2012, Louise made her FIA WRC debut in the famous Monte Carlo rally.

In order to fund her rally career, Louise took it into her own hands to finance her ambition; approaching local companies for support and participating in promotional events. Even after selling sponsorship spots on her BRC and WRC rally car, Louise had to make large sacrifices to get her rally career underway; selling her beloved Ford StreetKa road car, giving up the security of her full time job to dedicate more time to rallying and, more recently, auctioning her trophies on eBay.
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