Liz and ladies join Pudsey on podium

Liz Halliday and her all-female team helped to raise over £5000 for Children In Need after taking a podium in Nigel Mansell’s charity karting event last weekend.The East Grinstead ace who has competed in American and European Le Mans Series rounds this season, joined fellow lady racers Zoe Wenham, Anna Walewska, Rachel Green, Rachel Davies, Jenny Anderson, Amy Barker and  Karen Andrews at the Devonshire raceway to finish third overall after the two, hour-long heats.The team had looked strong throughout the opener and were well placed going into the second race where a good result would have seen their all-important aggregate time promote them to the top of the leader board.  A cheeky swap of numbers during the interval however saw the ladies commandeer the machine of former F1 World Champion Nigel Mansell, which although proving faster, also had the unfortunate upshot of baffling the timing equipment. The subsequent confusion led to the girls being classified lower than their performance might have merited but was still enough to secure a podium finish.“As a team, we had a great time and it was really fun being with so many competitive fast ladies!" said Liz. “We all enjoyed ourselves, and at the same time we were doing something good for Children in Need, so all in all it was a good day." “All the girls were quick, especially in the second race after we had a bit of time in the karts. We all knew it was for charity and obviously I’m proud that we managed to raise £900 as a team, but when you’re out there racing, the competitive instinct kicks in and I think we were all pushing hard to be at the front - we had a lot of fun!”     The event is meant to feature as part of the evening-long entertainment to be broadcast on BBC1’s flagship Children In Need programme from 7pm on Friday 14th November. The 28th annual telethon fundraiser will highlight awareness for society’s deprived and underprivileged youngsters.To make a donation, visit www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey

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