TEENAGER Christie Doran is living life in fast lane after signing up for Scotland’s hottest new motor racing series.
The 18-year-old from Carron spends her weekends throwing her 120mph BMW around Knockhill circuit in Fife as part of the Marangoni Tyres Scottish BMW Compact Cup.
But as she approaches round three at the Scottish circuit this weekend, the full-time student reckons it is all too SLOW after spending last season in a 140mph Triumph TR8.
She said the current car is “certainly not as quick, but it is more difficult. It is a completely different style of driving and it is taking me a little while to get used to it. But I wanted to move into a one-make series where the cars are all the same speed so that I could see how much I have progressed”.
Doran is currently sixth in the championship after the first two rounds, and is determined to build on last year’s success in the Scottish Classics, where she came second in class and 10th overall out of 42 cars.
She said: “That was an amazing feeling. The TR8 was so hard to drive but I ended up with six third-place finishes in the class. It is easy to forget that I have only been driving for less than two years, but I am very competitive and I want to keep getting better.”
The entry-level series launched earlier this year and expects to have a staggering 18 cars on the grid in the next few months - making it the fastest-growing motorsport championship in Scotland.
Christie – who works part-time at the ProBowl in Camelon – added: “You don’t have to spend a fortune to get involved and the racing is so close - it’s a great series.
“I have a lot less experience than most of the guys, but I am catching up quickly. I really want to be challenging for podiums before long.
“I am sure we will have a lot more cars in the next few months.”
The talented teen has been backed by prestigious F1 watch firm TW Steel, putting her alongside brand ambassadors like Dario Franchitti in IndyCars and TV pundit David Coulthard.
She added: “It was brilliant to get a huge firm like TW Steel on board. The watch they gave me is absolutely stunning and I really value the support they and all my sponsors give me.
“We have also had terrific help from local companies like Skidz and Xtreme Karting.
“Without that vital support, we would never have been able to fund racing this season.”
Stephen Emslie is the series co-ordinator. He worked hard to get the programme in place at the end of last year, but admitted even he has been surprised by the quickly it has grown.
He said: “We knew this series would be a winner, but it is proving extremely popular.
“It is growing faster than we had even dared to hope. We are always happy to talk to people and help them to get involved.”
The Marangoni Tyres Scottish BMW Compact Cup is a one-make series aimed at drivers who want their racing to be both fun and superb value.
You can buy a donor car for as little as £500 and it will cost around £5000 to prepare the car and get on the grid.