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Catie Munnings wins Europan Rally Championships
Catie Munnings, 18, from Kent has been crowned the 2016 FIA Ladies European Rally Champion in her inaugural season in the sport – the first British driver to win a European Rally title in 49 years.
The FIA European Racing Championship is Europe’s premier rally competition and the oldest international rally series in the world.
Catie only started racing at the end of 2015, but managed to win the title by racing at Ypres, Belgium and Liepaja, Latvia and scoring enough points to be the best woman driver overall.
Despite having only taken her ‘A’ Levels this summer, Catie has decided to make rally driving her vocation and is already eyeing up more titles including the prestigious overall ERC crown, which was won this year by Kajetan Kajetanowicz from Poland.
Catie was one of only two Brits taking part in the Championship. Herself and fellow Brit Chris Ingram who came 2nd in the ERC Junior Championship, were flying the flag high for Britain amongst a total of more than 100 drivers.
Commenting on the win, Catie says, “This year was really only supposed to be about gaining experience and in a way was my real introduction to competitive racing.
“I hope this achievement will inspire other women to do the same. In that sense I hope next year to become a role model and ambassador for women entering motorsport, and in doing so help drive up female numbers in the sport”
Watch Catie and co-driver, Anne Stein compete in Ypres
Catie travelled to Cyprus this weekend to pick up the winners trophy in person at an awards ceremony hosted by Eurosport Events.
The Women’s Sports Magazine