Harrogate medical secretary Maria Brown will be returning to motorsport to promote awareness for, and the understanding of cerebral palsy.
Maria gave up her motorsport career eight years ago when she became pregnant with her son Piran. This sabbatical was only meant to be for a few years, however Piran was born prematurely and was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. This changed everything and she put her career on hold and dedicated her time to caring for Piran. Maria has always intended to return to motorsport and has now decided to do just that.
Maria, during her long career in motorsport has competed in a variety of machinery including a twin bike engine space frame monster, and won the British Autograss Series championship with a highly tuned 1420 cc mini pick up. She then turned her hand to circuit racing, again with Minis in the Mighty Minis national race championship. Maria was the first lady to ever win a Mighty Minis race and went on to many hard fought podiums. After an extremely successful four year campaign, she progressed to the more powerful Super Mighty Minis in which she competed as a front runner.
Maria was invited to take part in the Fun Cup endurance race in an all-female race team in 2004 receiving considerable media attention. She took part in the celebrity kart race at the international Autosport show racing alongside Suzie Wolff and Louise Goodman. In conjunction she also took part in display races in the live action indoor arena at the International Autosport show in front of 5000 spectators, over four shows a day over four days. She had just successfully completed a test with a BTCC (British Touring Car Championship) when she cut short her career.
Maria is a qualified ARDS instructor and worked with Formula Woman assisting female drivers to develop their racing skills through embracing their passion for motorsport, enabling them to realise their dreams. Maria also worked at Palmer Sport and a variety of other British circuits as a race instructor. The Motorsports Association (The UK governing body) commissioned Maria to drive and review rallycross and sprint cars, and national championships for their motorsport publications. Maria also used her journalist skills whilst competing in the Mighty Minis championship writing for Mini World magazine.
Maria is very keen to use the potential exposure generated by her returning to racing, to attract the interest of charities that are involved in Cerebral Palsy, enabling her to assist in promoting their efforts and knowledge concerning this disability.
It is Maria’s intention to compete in 2015 with her own Mighty Mini with a view of contesting the championship. Maria certainly has the ability to win the championship, but as ever it is budget reliant.
The Mighty Minis championship has two Classes and enjoys an abundance of media interest through radio, national TV, local and national newspapers, Youtube, and other web based channels. Mighty Minis has its own programme on Freeview television which will air every race in 2015. With this level of press exposure Maria is confident that her efforts to promote awareness for Cerebral Palsy will be well placed. This has been assured by the championship organisers offering to have the press spot light on her and her project.
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