An adrenaline-seeking model from Burnley has switched places on the grid to live out her dream as a professional racer.
Former grid girl Natalie Norman, who lives in Worsthorne, grew tired of admiring the cars from the outside and so opted to jump behind the wheel to race them.
Natalie’s need for speed saw her buy and build a Mini racecar with the help of Mini Sport Ltd in Padiham and Performance Tek Racing in Scotland.
And, after completing her National B racing licence at Oulton Park, Natalie is now ready to challenge all the ‘boy racers’ in the British Association Racing Championships.
Natalie is also hopeful of competing in the Powermaxed Mini Challenge on Motors TV which will be raced at Donington Park, Brands Hatch, Silverston, Rockingham, Oulton Park, Cadwell Park, Snetterton and Spa Francorchamps.
“I was a model grid girl from being 18 to 22,” she said. “But I decided that I didn’t want to be standing in front of them because I wanted to race them.
“I found it extremely difficult as it’s a man’s sport but I’ve finally achieved what I want to achieve by myself. I’ve always had fast road cars but now I want to take it to the TV.
“I’ve already gained sponsorship through my quick times at track days and from posting videos on Instagram and YouTube.
“I’m looking to start racing next year. I’ve had a serious injury to my back so I’ve had to miss out this year but as soon as the racing season starts I’ll be there.”