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CLUTCH OF AWARDS FOR SPEED READER; MOTORSPORT.

WARWICKSHIRE race ace Sarah Reader has confirmed her place as Britain's top female racing driver with a cluster of top awards.

The 29-year-old, who began her race career as a teenager, was handed the British Women Racing Drivers Club's top gong at an awards ceremony at Silverstone.

The Embassy Trophy - making Reader the BWRDC's overall champion of 2011 - was presented to the racing driver at a gala lunch on the back of a stunning 2011 season in the SPEED Euroseries - an international championship where she is the only woman on the grid.

And it wasn't the only trophy Sarah, from Loxley, picked up - an incredible four more followed.

Four podium finishes and fourth place overall, saw Reader clock up more points than any other British female competing in circuit championships last year, winning her the BWRDC's secondhighest honour, the Goodwin Trophy.

She also won the club's Jamieson Trophy for 2011 for notching-up the fastest average speed and the VIP Adrenalin cup for best performance in a sports racing car.

Reader was also one of only two drivers to be handed the BWRDC's prestigious Gold Star Award in recognition of her continued success in international motorsport racing.

To top it all, she's been made patron of the BWRDC in its 50th anniversary year.

Reader will return to the SPEED Euroseries championship when the season starts at Paul Richard in France in April, behind the wheel of Juno sports prototype car, run by the manufacturer.

"These awards are an incredible way to get set for the coming season," Reader said.

"I'm honoured to be a member of the BWRDC and honoured to be recognised in this way. I look forward to even more success in 2012."

Reader has been racing since the age of 17, when she started in the Caterham Academy. In 2003 she raced to third place overall in the Caterham Eurocup Roadsport class and was third overall in the Caterham CSR Masters in 2006.

Her dream is to move up a gear in the field of sports prototype racing - to compete in the Le Mans Series.

Sarah grew up in Loxley and attended Kingsley School in Leamington Spa and Coventry University.

Follow Sarah's progress online at www.sarahreader.com or via Twitter @ sarahreader24.

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ON THE GRID: Sarah Reader racing her Juno at Imola. Below: Sarah Reader collects the Embassy Trophy from former racing driver Christabel Carlisle.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Mar 6, 2012
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