I'm Shanel Drewe and am a British racing driver and I have been passionate about cars for as long as I can remember. During my early teens, with the help of my school teacher I volunteered with teams helping them prepare and race their cars, doing anything from washing wheels to helping with mechanical repairs.
When I was 15 my father and I set ourselves a challenge to see if we could do just one race with me as a driver despite having no experience or financial means, just to say we have done it. That year we managed six race weekends in the Junior Saloon Car Championship.
Some partners noticed I had a base talent that wasn't being allowed to shine through and helped me run as part of a professionally managed team in the Michelin Clio Championship.
As the youngest, only female with the least experienced on the grid I took the Championship to the last corner of the last race and ended as vice champion.
This year I am racing in the Mini Cooper Challenge which also supports the TOCA British Touring Cars which is a new exciting challenge for me and works towards my ambition of racing in the British Touring Car Championship, British GTs or Lemans.
In 2019 I became one of the youngest dedicated female ARDS Race Instructors in the country, and formally set up Shanel Drewe Racing as my own business and am now forging a career in performance driving instruction.
I am a regular instructor at Thruxton Race Circuit in Hampshire alongside the likes of Tiff Needell and am just starting as a Performance Instructor for Mercedes Benz at Mercedes Benz world in Surrey. Alongside this I am starting to work with a growing number of manufacturers.
I am very often the only female in a male dominated industry but am determined to help break down these barriers so others may follow.
I don't come from the wealthy background most other drivers do, and despite every day being a struggle to find support I feel incredibly lucky to be doing what I do, so I have always been socially driven to pay back to others.
This is why I am extremely proud to be Brand Ambassador for perhaps to worlds only not-for-profit driving school, who work with student referrals from various charities across the country, and teach them to drive, confidence building and careers support, all for free.
You can read more about 'The Community Driving School' under my Ambassadorship tab.
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