CATIE / 19 / RALLY DRIVER
Catie is a 19 year old rally driver and Peugeot U.K. Ambassador competing in the Junior European Rally Championship as part of the Sainteloc junior rally team in a 208 R2. In 2016, her first year of competition, after fast tracking to the most competitive series in Europe, Catie won the FIA ladies European Rally Championship. Her goal for this season is to continue to gain experience, and develop her speed further in preparation for a competitive assault in the JERC category next year. She is an adrenaline junkie who loves adventure and living life to the full!
You Got This
I think we are a lot more capable than what we give ourselves credit for and sometimes you’ve just got to trust your intuition and your natural abilities to overcome challenges.
Competing in the Azores, and Gran Canaria for the first two rounds of the European Championship this year! The Azores roads are awesome, driving at 150km/h around the top of the volcano on gravel roads only as wide as the car. The roads in Gran Canaria are around the tops of mountains on twisty tarmac with huge drops too! Next up are rallies in Poland, Czech Republic, Rome and Latvia, as well as working with Peugeot UK over here!
BUCKET LIST NO.1
Travel the world and take every opportunity in life.
It’s got to be Let Me Entertain You by Robbie Williams
FAVOURITE CITY AND WHY?
I’m more of a beach or mountain person, but I loved New York when I visited this year. I’d prefer to find some pretty village in Europe with no tourists!
THREE PIECES OF ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE YOUR YOUNGER SELF?
Don’t overthink, you can do it and just breath! Sometimes it really helps stepping back and getting a new perspective on the situation - a moto that I live by is if it won’t matter to you in five years time, don’t spend more than five minutes worrying about it.
Kent in the South of England.
Outside of the car I just love being outdoors, skiing, running, surfing, cycling, but I’m also super competitive at everything, even playing cards!
People that pursue their dreams, and my rescue dog, we found her in our bin - she had been abused and was so poorly. She bounced back and has nothing but love to give, animals can teach us a lot!!
WHO IS THE MOST INSPIRING PERSON YOU'VE MET AND WHY?
Nick Yarris, I met him on BBC Radio 4, he served 22 years on death row in America for a crime he didn’t commit. When he was released he chose love instead of hate - he is honestly the happiest person I have ever met. His book ‘The Fear of 13" really opens your eyes and shows you what life is about.
BRAVEST/SCARIEST THING YOU'VE EVER DONE?
You have to be pretty brave to drive on some of the roads we drive on in rally. Most people would think it would be when I rolled a car, but I don’t think I’ve ever been more nervous than my first small rally which was only around hay bales on an airfield with my dad!
Living a life lead by fear
Finishing my first rally in Belgium after the most dramatic week of crashing, coming back to the UK half way through rally week to sit my A levels and qualifying for my first round of the European Rally Championship on the same day. Out of rallying, watching the sun rise from my surfboard on a surf trip to Hossegor a couple of years ago, that was something I will never forget.