CAROL BROWN is one of the hottest properties in Scottish motor racing. She has been tipped for the top by Le Mans legend, and BBC Formula 1 Commentator, Allan McNish and gained rave reviews for beating the boys at their own game. Carol, 27, has been awarded the Scottish Motorsport Driver of the Year twice and Scottish Female Driver of the Year six times!
She was also awarded the Sheila White Trophy, the Scottish Motor Racing Club (SMRC) award for the person most likely to progress within motorsport. If Carol was a man, she would be a stunning motor sport advertising and marketing opportunity, but she is better than that. With Carol, you get one of the top Scottish motor racing talents, and you get a marketing dream, a female in a male dominated world. And this is one hot racer, one who not only beats the boys, but who understands the marketing potential of making any company linked with her feel like they are overtaking every bloke, hitting the apex of every corner and celebrating every podium along with her.
Not only has Carol attracted attention from the dedicated motorsport press, but also The Scottish Sun and The Herald. Forget being a girl, Carol has fought the guys on an even battle field, and she has sent them homeward to think again.
Racing in her blood
The proud Scot began her motorsport career in karting at eight years of age. Almost immediately she showed her potential, claiming Scottish titles in her age group and third in the British championship – all competing against boys.
By 18, she was ready to step up a level. She got a drive on the fiercely-competitive Scottish Legends championship. It was an inspired move as she took the Rookie Title in her first year. She then put together a stunningly consistent season to be Runner-Up the following year. The guys had been warned, but could do nothing about it as she dominated the Championship in 2008.
Carol has since competed in Formula Fords, where she missed out the Newcomers by just one point and Mini Coopers winning the Ladies Cup and finished fifth overall. Back to Legends in 2011 where Carol finished 2nd, and on to win the 2012 Championship title again. Now she is ready to move on to the biggest stage of her career so far. She thrives on the pressure and has the talent to steer her way to the front of the grid.
Read a SUN newspaper article on her here. The Sun
In 2009 Carol made the move to single seater racing in the Scottish Formula Ford Championship where she missed out on the newcomers by just one point. Moving back into tin tops for 2010 Carol raced in the Scottish Mini Cooper Cup. This is one of the most competitively fought championships in Britain boasting grids of over 30 cars, Carol managed to secure 5th overall in her rookie season. In 2011 and 2012 Carol was recruited back to Legends Cars with Burnett Motorsport. After finishing 2nd in 2011 she went into the 2012 season determined not to let this happen again, taking the Championship for a second time.
The Championship came down to a nail biting finale with Carol winning the championship at the last corner of the last lap in the last race.
Carol returned for a full season in 2014 in the Scottish BMW Compact Cup making a change in building and running their own car. Competing in 14 races Carol managed 7 podiums to finish 4th overall, missing 3rd by one point. This didn’t go unnoticed as Carol was awarded the SMRC Driver of the Year Award at the end of season ceremony.
Porsche Carrera Cup GB Wins
2014 saw Carol make the biggest step of her career so far by racing in a one off round of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB at her home circuit. Jumping into the car for the first time on the Friday, Carol was right at home. Racing in the Pro-Am2 Class she took a clean sweep, fastest in both sessions on the Friday, pole for both races in her class and then went onto win both races in the Pro-AM2 category.
Now I think that is enough to prove she has the talent to steer her way to the front of any grid!