Halliday enjoys Silverstone Classic debut

Liz Halliday enjoyed her first ever outing at the annual Silverstone Classic last weekend, where she competed with two historic Alfa Romeos to celebrate the iconic Italian manufacturer's 100th anniversary.

The California-born dual-sportswoman raced a rare Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ Coda Tronca in the prestigious Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy and Italian Historic Car Cup and an Alfa Romeo GTA in the Under-2 Litre Touring Car (U2TC) event.

The cars, both run by preparation experts John Danby Racing, ran without problems in all three races and Halliday, who last raced an historic car more than ten years ago, thoroughly enjoyed her return to the discipline.

"It was a fantastic experience and completely different from the modern sportscar racing I'm used to," Liz said. "The Silverstone Classic was brilliantly organised and there was a fantastic atmosphere in the paddock among all the drivers and the fans.

"There tends to be a big difference between the cars on the grid, so we weren't that competitive in terms of overall results, but it was great fun racing the two Alfas."

Halliday got the chance to bring home a trophy by virtue of the SZ winning the GT1 class of the Italian Historic Car Cup and admitted that the experience has left her wanting to experience more classic motorsport.

"I'd love to come back to the Silverstone Classic and the weekend has got me looking forward to the Goodwood Revival later in the year. I'm also going to race the GTA at the Gold Cup meeting at Oulton Park and I'd like to do more events in the future too.

"I'd like to say a big thank you to all the guys at John Danby Racing. Until practice on Friday, the GTA hadn't turned a wheel on road or track for about ten years, but it ran faultlessly on Saturday which shows what a great job they did preparing it for the race.

"I'd also like to thank a number of my sponsors and supporters - Immunall for helping to keep me alert and 100% through out the weekend, and Performance Drink for keeping me focused and at the top of my game for all three of the hour-long races!

"Thank you also to FreeM for providing me with a fantastic new race suit, and who continue to make the best custom suit around!

"I also trialled a new cool vest this weekend - Body Chill - and I do highly recommend this to anyone who is racing in hot conditions. Even after just having the vest in the fridge it stayed cold for quite a while and was comfortable to wear under my suit.

"My final thank you is to Cyclo-Ssage, who provided the hospitality area with their amazing portable pulse massage beds. I give them credit for keeping me pain free and physically 100% for all of my long races, and I think this is an essential item for any race teams and drivers who are serious about their results!"

At the weekend, Halliday returned to her other sporting career as she competed with a number of her horses at the Little Mattingley and Wilton Horse Trials.

-source: lizhalliday.com