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Flick Haigh creates history and is now searching for more

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If ever you needed to see the value of modern motorsport, you just have to look at the British GT and the achievements of Flick Haigh this year.

#75 Optimum Motorsport – Flick Haigh, Jonny Adam, 2018 British GT Champions, Donington Park, Castle Donington, Derby, England

To take the Championship and become one of the few female drivers to win a National Championship is testament to her ability, both on and off the track. Like Australian Rally Champion, Molly Taylor, she is proof that motorsport is a place where men and women can compete together.

But is also the package that sportscar racing and the British GT has put together. There is special treatment – it is racer against racer. As Haigh said to Helana Hicks, “when you put the helmet on, there is no difference between men and women.”

Outside this, too, 2018 was a stunning year, driving with Jonny Adam in an Optimum Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT3, they racked up two pole positions, two wins and a further two podiums.

They took the Championship by eight points.

Talking to Autosport Haigh said that  “I’ve ticked a really big box in my racing career, I don’t think that I could top this year with that car and the people I had around me.”

#75 Optimum Motorsport – Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT3 – Flick Haigh, Jonny Adam, Race, British GT Championship, Rockingham Motor Speedway, Corby, Northampton, England

And now she is looking to her next step. Definitely a shame for the British GT Championship but also a great positive for European motorsport. 

Fortunately for the British GT Championship, there is the strength and depth to keep moving on and Adam will definitely a challenger for the 2019 title.

And we wait with eager anticipation to see how they both go next year.


By Sam Tickell

Photos by Paul Foster