I'm Shanel Drewe. I am 19 years old. I have loved cars and racing for as long as I can remember. During my early teens I volunteered my time to help drivers and teams 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 at least one race in the Junior Saloon Car Championship and, following much hard work we managed to complete six races.
Some partners noticed I had a base talent that wasn't being allowed to shine through with limited support, so for 2017 they provided me the support to run as part of a professionally managed team in the Michelin Clio Championship.
As the youngest and only female on the grid, my aim was to become a front running driver before the season end. However, I took the Championship to the last corner of the last race, and along the way equalled the Championship record for the most podiums in a season, completed the most overtakes of anybody, and was the only driver to finish every race and became vice Champion of the Michelin Clio Championship (Road Class), despite being up against much more experienced, and older drivers, and with perhaps the least budget of anybody on the grid.
I achieved all this whilst revising for my GCSE's which I secured straight A' pass grades,.
In 2018 I completed ICE driving in Sweden and was the only UK female driver invited by the FIA for European rounds of the the Girls on Track Competition.
In 2019 I became one of the youngest female ARDS Race Instructors in the country, and formally set up Shanel Drewe Racing as my own business. In support of my racing career, I am now forging a career in Super Car driving instruction, motor manufacturers and track tuition.