Contribution Areas: Career & Education, Women in MotorsportBack to index
Contributor start date: 01 Jul 2016
How I contribute to Student Motorsport
"Hi I'm Erin, you’ll find me in and amongst the Student Motorsport Resource Centre where I write articles on my journey through the amazing world of motorsport. I am so pleased to be part of such an exciting incentive for young people entering into the motorsport industry. I hope to support Student Motorsport by helping to promote the great things that women and young people are doing in the motorsport, and I'm sure my contributions will encourage more to take part in the sport."
What I do
"I am a massive fan of motorsport at many levels and since my first race weekend experience in 2013 when I discovered my passion for the sport. Since then I have dedicated lots of effort to making a career out of motorsport. Three years on, I'm travelling around England with a fully functioning F3 team. I aspire to be as amazing as some of the people who inspire me such as Claire Williams and Suzie Wolff who I've been lucky enough to meet along the way.
As part of my personal development I have been lucky enough to be involved in the recent 'Dare to be Different' initiative (D2BD) developed and piloted by Suzie Wolff. During the first 'Community Connect' event held by D2BD recent event I decided to go and speak to one of the ambassadors, and after listening to her story and what she does to impact the team's performance, I was offered work experience at Mercedes in the test and development centre.
It just goes to show that anything can be possible, and without incentives like D2BD and Student Motorsport behind me, such opportunities would never have been presented to me."
More about me
"From a young age, I loved designing, I always wanted to be a fashion designer or hair dresser, I guess just like what a lot of girls inspire to do. My Dad however was always a fan of motorsport as it ran in the family, he’d watch each of the Formula 1 races without fail and I never used to pay any attention. But in 2008, a lot changed, I remember sitting at the dinner table with him, watching the last race in Brazil when Lewis had to finish 5th to win the championship ahead of Massa. That’s how it all began…
I became I huge fan of Lewis thereafter and developed and I joined his fan club the year after, he became an idol to me, someone I will always look up too, his brother also. I’d never felt so passionate about something before, I think I enjoyed the individuality of my hobby. In 2013, my brother was given the opportunity to do work experience for the race team Sean Walkinshaw Racing in the F4 (now F3) series through his college course who got in touch with Student Motorsport. In June of that year I attended my first race meeting to watch my brother work, and never did I think I’d still be doing the same three years later. I got a sort of 'buzz' hearing the engines start-up, the smell of race fuel. It was so surreal being in such a high-profile industry, it felt like such a privilege to be there. I knew from that day on what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
Today, as I’m writing this, I’m unsure what I want to do as a job. I know for sure I don’t want to go a day without dealing with something motorsport related. I know I can’t go straight in with a Formula 1 team, as much as I’d like to, but we all need to start somewhere and I'd be grateful to be accepted anywhere. I’d love to be on the front line of a team, working in the pits, making crucial last-minute changes to the car, working over night to get the car fixed for the next day. Or maybe in the factory for one of the teams, knowing my ideas could be making a difference to the performance of the car, making us winners. I’m not sure, but I am sure that I will never give up on my dream, no matter how many times I get knocked down. I’ve found a passion for a life time and I’m not going to stop until I’m where I want to be.
So I'm hoping with the experience, knowledge and qualifications I am gaining I am confident that my I have a wealth of possibilities in an exciting industry. I hope to inspire others through my motorsport career and information shared here in Student Motorsport."