Rockingham's Head of Operations is nominated for prestigious award

 ROCKINGHAM’S Head of Operations and champion rally co-driver Cat Lund has been nominated for a prestigious British Women Racing Drivers’ Club (BWRDC) honour for the second consecutive year.

The 40-year-old will be lining-up among some of the fastest females in UK motorsport at the Autosport International Show at the NEC Birmingham after being shortlisted for the coveted BWRDC GoldStars Club Award.

Only one of these prestigious awards is presented annually to club competitors and Cat faces stiff competition from fellow BWRDC members, Sarah Franklin, Lorraine Gathercole, Gail Hill, Jo Hodgson and Louise Inch.

Cat won the award last year, following her double rally championship-winning 2010 season after being crowned both the Flanders International Rally Challenge (FIRC) and BWRDC Rally Co-driver champion.

Along with driver Andy Rowe, she won the FIRC championship for the second consecutive season in 2011 and the crew will be contesting the title again in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo III this year starting at the ORC Canal Rally in Oostrozebeke, West Flanders in May.

Cat, who joined Rockingham in 2007, said: “Winning the award last year was a real surprise and it was extremely gratifying to see rallying recognised in this way. As the Goldstars Club Award winner, the BWRDC were a great source of advice and inspiration throughout 2011.

“It would be fantastic to win for a second time, especially in such an important year for the BWRDC but there are some other extremely deserving members nominated for the award, so I do not expect to win.”

The BWRDC Goldstars Awards will be presented by one of motorsport’s greatest legends, John Surtees OBE, who is the only man to have won World Championships on both two and four wheels.

The award ceremony will take place on Friday (January 13) at the Motor Sport Association (MSA) Stand 2840, Hall 20. The presentation is due to take place at 11am and all visitors are welcome to attend.

The GoldStars are the BWRDC’s way of flagging up talent within motorsport and to help the nominees and winners promote and progress their careers. The winner of the club award will receive mentoring from international dual sportswoman and broadcaster Liz Halliday.

Liz added: “I have been very impressed with how well Cat has done in 2011. She has clearly embraced her GoldStar status as she and her rally driver partner have successfully taken the FIRC championship for another year running!

“It’s fantastic to see so many of the GoldStars winners continue to have great success, and that says to me this award helps to inspire these women to work even harder to achieve their goals.”