Helen Moore's Drive For Life At Donington Park Maxi Jazz Racing's recent signing, Helen Moore raced to fourteenth position overall in only her second race of the season during round nine of the Ford Credit Fiesta Zetec Championship at Donington...
Helen Moore's Drive For Life At Donington Park
Maxi Jazz Racing's recent signing, Helen Moore raced to fourteenth position overall in only her second race of the season during round nine of the Ford Credit Fiesta Zetec Championship at Donington Park last weekend.
The Maidstone ace was one of four lady racers taking part in the Macmillan Drive For Life Fiesta Zetec-S Fundraising Challenge. The quartet -- comprising of Moore, Louise Goodman, Vicki Butler-Henderson and Amanda Stretton- raised an impressive £250,000 for the charity.
QUALIFYING: 14th: 2:08.623
A slightly damp qualifying session heralded the start of a weekend long battle between the four Macmillan Drive For Life protagonists. While Moore reacquainted herself with the challenging Grand Prix circuit, she slotted in a lap good enough for fourteenth on the grid.
" A combination of overdriving, bad driving and an occasional lack of concentration put me down in fourteenth," she said." The story is all too familiar for the others, but we're all praying for excellent starts in the race."
RACE: 14th: 21:36.474
Following on from a full morning of media interviews and autograph signing sessions, Moore made a great start to make up two places over the line. Dodging a further two cars tangling for position across the track and hotly pursued by her team mate, Maxi Jazz, the twenty-year-old chased Butler-Henderson into Regate and through the Craner Curves.
Moore lost out in the latter stages of the first lap when Maxi Jazz dived down the inside on the drag up the hill towards McLeans. Forced wide and losing momentum, she tucked in behind the team leader but was quickly reeled in by Amanda Stretton.
Although the TV presenter squeezed through at Melbourne, it was a short-lived glory and the place was lost when she ran wide at the Old Hairpin. Sailing past the recovering Stretton, Moore gained a further place later that same lap due to a Maxi Jazz off-track excursion.
Not to be outdone, the 'Faithless' star bided his time and gaining a tow through the Craner Curves, stormed past with a brave manoeuvre to seal thirteenth. Moore battled with Stretton for the remainder of the ten lap race, eventually beating her into fourteenth place and second in the Drive For Life challenge stakes.
"Crossing the line in fourteenth -- the same place that I had started from- could have been disappointing because I'd hoped for so much more, but the satisfaction of being able to hold my own and get stuck into the middle of the race action was overwhelming," Moore said.
" The icing on the cake was that we raised a staggering £250,000 for Macmillan through the one weekend of racing. That was what it was really all about. We couldn't have hoped for a better result.
" Unfortunately, with Fiesta racing scheduled to be dropped at the end of the year, I'm now going to have to get my kicks elsewhere. The team are looking at Clio's or Fiesta Club racing and ideally, I'd like to stay with them. Max himself is a GT man so of course, there's always the possibility that we'd move up into something more powerful. The Porsche Cup is also a very attractive package but nothing has been decided at the moment."
Helen Moore will next race in the final round of the Ford Credit Fiesta Zetec Championship, to be held at Silverstone September 28-29. She will also take part in the Ford Fiesta Winter Series in October.