Doran’s living life in the fast lane

27/04/12. John Devlin.  CAMELON. Redbrae Road, Christie Doran shows off her car at her workplace
27/04/12. John Devlin. CAMELON. Redbrae Road, Christie Doran shows off her car at her workplace
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Last Year Christie Doran couldn’t drive. She didn’t even have a provisional licence.

This year she’s sending a car more than 20 years her senior hurtling round hairpin bends at break-neck speed.

She’s still never had an on-road driving lesson.

The 16-year-old from Carron was in action at Knockhill at the weekend racing classic sport and saloons in the TR8 Squadron

She came 21st and 17th of 25 with her fastest ever lap of 64.2 seconds - not bad for a beginner.

“I only got my provisional licence in March but then I finished my first ever race 13th out of 15. Then my next race was live on TV,” she said.

“I just caught the bug and wanted to go faster and faster.

“Last year there was a challenge from (manufacturers) Ginetta for a complete non-driver to learn how to drive and how to race.

“If you passed they’d provide a race car for the Knockhill round of the British Ginetta Junior Championships and we went for it.

“My average speed in race one was over 70 mph - now I’m a lot quicker. After that I was desperate to do more races, and go quicker.”

After her baptism of fire she received congratulatory messages from Le Mans legend Allan McNish.

It was only seven months between first taking the wheel with L plates on and taking others on in a race against the clock.

She’s enjoyed it so much now she’s fitting in her racing around part-time work at Pro-Bowl in Camelon.

“I just want to improve and get better each time I got out,” she added. “I reckon by the middle of the year, I will be pushing for the top 10 finishes, and after that, I want podiums.

“It will be tough. I have so little experience, but the team believes in me.”

She has self-belief too and invested in herself to ensure she would be a successful racer - even though she’d never raced before.

“We wanted to prove you didn’t have to spend a fortune going racing.

“I had to find a five-figure budget for the season, but got help from businesses like Apex Tubulars, Skidz in Redding, Hyertech in Bonnybridge, Beatsons builders merchants, Totally Dynamic, Xtreme Karting and The Sun.

It seems worth it though when Christie enthuses: “It is a real buzz overtaking people at more than 100mph and I reckon there is still much more to come.

“TR8 Squadron did a great job with the car, we have changed a few things which have made it easier for me to drive.

“When you sink your foot to the throttle, you are forced into your seat because of the power. It is an amazing feeling.”