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Nathalie McGloin to make rallying debut in Donington Rally

Friday, February 15 2019

FIA Disability and Accessibility Commission president Nathalie McGloin will make her rallying debut at the Donington Rally on 3 March.

McGloin, who is paralysed from the chest down, is the only female tetraplegic racing driver in the world, and has raced for several years, taking her first win at Silverstone at the end of last season.

She was due to enter the rally in a Toyota GT86 alongside partner and regular rally competitor Andrew Bayliss, but a change to regulations means that she will now be at the wheel of her Porsche Cayman.

Not only is McGloin making a first venture into rallying, but is also expanding the reach of her Spinal Track charity to the rallying community. The charity offers free trackdays for disabled drivers, and will now also include rallying experiences at the Bill Gwynne Rally School who will be running her car at the Donington Rally.

Speaking to Motorsport News, McGloin said: "When you see rallying and you know someone involved, you're intrigued, and I love going sideways. When we talked about doing it for the charity, I just had to do it, I can't wait."

McGloin is one of several star names on the Dukeries Motor Club-organised event, including 2003 Le Mans winner Guy Smith, who will pilot a Ford Fiesta R5, and will aim to follow up from his 2018 Dukeries Rally success.

Stunt man Paul Swift, star of many high-speed TV adverts, will be in action again at the wheel of a Ford Escort, while current Motorsport News Stage Rally Champion Chris West will aim to continue the thus-far successful defence of his crown in a Peugeot 306.

The event has even attracted a knight of the realm, with Sir Andrew McAlpine set to challenge with a Mini. 

Tickets for the Donington Rally on 3 March are available in advance for £13 for adults, with free entry for children under-13. For more information and to book, click here