A Tough First Race Weekend at Silverstone

A Tough First Race Weekend at Silverstone
Racing
This weekend saw my first race out in the Porsche Club Championship of the season at Silverstone historic GP as part of the MG Car Club festival. After missing the opening round at Brands Indy and the following round at Oulton Park, I was hoping for a good couple of races. I'd joined a new team since the mechanical failure at the Brands test day that had caused the ABS failure and consequent crash and we'd made some great progress with the car during testing in the lead up to Silverstone. Ernie Cheetham, the chief mechanic at Lodge Sports Racing has been running his son Steve Cheetham racing various Porsches for the last twenty years and has been involved in motorsport since the 70s. What this man doesn't know about…
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Performance with a purpose – STANLEY® joins forces with pioneering racing driver Nathalie McGloin

Performance with a purpose – STANLEY® joins forces with pioneering racing driver Nathalie McGloin
Sponsorship
  STANLEY® has today announced its partnership with successful British racing driver, Nathalie McGloin, which will see the brand collaborate with the high-achieving young sportswoman throughout her journey over the next twelve months, and beyond.   Nathalie McGloin is an accomplished female racing driver who was paralysed from the chest down following a serious car accident, aged just 16. Through sheer resolve and personal determination, she has transformed her life and excelled in achieving her ambitions, becoming the world’s first, and only, female tetraplegic athlete competing in the car racing arena. Nathalie races an adapted, hand-controlled Porsche 987 Cayman S in the Porsche Club Championship, regularly participating at top level against able-bodied racers.   Nathalie co-founded the charity, Spinal Track, allowing disabled drivers to enjoy track day experiences at Silverstone, UK,…
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Talon Outdoor’s Support Continues

Talon Outdoor’s Support Continues
Sponsorship
Nathalie is extremely proud to champion one of her headline sponsors by proudly wearing their logo on her team kit and newly wrapped car due to be shown for the first time later in the week. Talon Outdoor have supported Nathalie from the beginning of their relationship which started after Nathalie did a talk for the Talon Outdoor staff on behalf of Wings For Life at Talon HQ in 2015. Nathalie loved the Talon work ethic and saw parallels with her own. Innovative, a fantastic attitude towards strong female leadership and the company's charitable generosity gave Nathalie hope that there might be a future partnership between the pair. Talon had featured in the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league table as one of the top three fastest growing UK companies…
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IM Asset Management Announced As Team Sponsor For 2017

IM Asset Management Announced As Team Sponsor For 2017
Sponsorship
Nathalie McGloin Racing is extremely happy to announce that IM Asset Management have come on board as a major sponsor for the 2017 season. The Financial Advisory firm who provide financial advice to claimants of personal injury settlements have taken out one of the sponsorship packages offered by the team and Nathalie can’t wait to start working with the firm. Providing financial advice to people who have received personal injury settlements is an extremely important service to get right. People of all ages and all backgrounds often suffer injuries that result in such settlements. The right investments need to be made with people’s immediate and long term situations considered very carefully and IM Asset Management are absolutely the right firm for this advice. Nathalie is looking forward to working with…
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The Edge of Control

The Edge of Control
Racing
For years I've thought of myself as an adrenaline junkie, a thrill seeker, someone who really likes to push the boundaries. Whilst this attitude is extremely useful in other forms of competition, it's very unhelpful in car racing. At university, adrenaline would spike as soon as I sensed any kind of competition and push me to always go one better than my peers. It was an inherent need I’d developed to be the best at all costs. A need to prove that I was still capable of being as reckless and impulsive as my teenage friends despite my spinal injury. During my university years this earned me a bit of an ‘up for anything’ reputation and I wore the badge with pride although it didn’t really help me achieve anything…
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Brands Indy Crash Report

Brands Indy Crash Report
Racing
I love the Brands Hatch Indy circuit. My first ever race, my first ever top ten finish and now my first big crash. Despite everything that happened on that test day two weeks ago and dealing with the subsequent fallout, it was still one of my best days to date in my short motorsport career. My instructor Brad and I had made some real progress with my confidence in the build up to this race weekend and I felt really excited about the start of the season. The day started really well and we had a clear plan: to build up confidence and speed during the first three sessions with Brad's instruction and then in the fourth session we were to put on new slicks and I'd see what I…
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My Heroes, The Orange Army

My Heroes, The Orange Army
Racing
It's a strange thing to experience your first real crash on a race circuit. That moment that you know the impact is inevitable and there is nothing more you can do is fairly surreal. I was going really well on Friday  consistently lapping in the 53s on old tyres, confidence was high because I was quick. But the point where my wheels locked as the ABS failed, to the moment when I hit the barrier seemed to last forever. I remember thinking 'this is going to hurt'. And it did. A lot. I hit the wall pretty hard at around 70mph. The first thing I did after the car stopped moving was check I could still move my arms and fingers, which were all working fine. But then came the…
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Let’s Do This!

Let’s Do This!
Racing
It's Thursday afternoon and I can't quite believe it's almost time to go racing again! This weekend sees the opening round of The Porsche Club Championship at Brands Hatch Indy. I'll be racing on Saturday at 12.20pm and 5.10pm with qualifying starting at 9am. I feel ready. With my new lighter steering, I really believe I can make a mark on the championship this season. Testing has been limited and problematic in the build up to this race but the last test session I had at Silverstone has shown some real promise. I feel like we're starting from a blank canvas and that Silverstone test day was day one. I love the Brands Indy Circuit, my first ever race, my highest ever finish and a circuit that taught me never…
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SIA Ambassador and Williams Racing

SIA Ambassador and Williams Racing
General
I am extremely proud to announce that I have been asked to become an Ambassador for the Spinal Injuries Association. I'm involved with a lot of charities and organisations but none are as close to my heart as the SIA. The SIA are a lifeline to anyone who has sustained a life changed spinal injury. The work they do isn't always well publicised or glamorous but it is vital to people surviving a life living with a spinal cord injury. Without them, many of my friends with spinal injuries wouldn't be here today. When I was first injured, coping was difficult for me and my family. The strength I got from the SIA was unbelievable. Their volunteers with spinal injures who came onto the ward to speak to newly injured…
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Public Speaking in Sweden and The Red Bull Racing Factory!

Public Speaking in Sweden and The Red Bull Racing Factory!
Speaking
The past couple of weeks have been very busy indeed! This month saw my first paid international speaking gig with Wellspect, a medical company with headquarters based in Gothenburg. Sweden was cold and there were many Volvos! This was my third event with the company, and I feel part of the family there now. They are the friendliest bunch of people. This was a proper masterclass in how to host an International Conference, the food, facilities and organisation of the event was second to none and I was extremely proud to be involved. Today saw me attend an event a little closer to home, just down the road in fact at the Red Bull Racing Factory. I was speaking to a lovely group of people on behalf of Wings For…
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