From rock n roll to full throttle - Norfolk woman joins motor sport
- Credit: Formula Woman and Sallyanne Francis
A Norfolk woman is gearing up for a change of career as she joins the world of motor sport.
Sallyanne Francis, former frontwoman of alternative band Hoi Polloi, is taking a step back from centre stage and joining the starting grid as she embarks on a new adventure in Formula Woman racing.
Mrs Francis, from Oby, said: "I've been driving since I was 10 on farmland, and I learned pretty quickly how to get myself out of trouble."
Mrs Francis said that she applied for Formula Woman racing in September after finding the sport on YouTube.
"I retired and had gone back to working two days a week," Mrs Francis, 61, said.
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"Then I thought 'why not'.
"Let's have some fun."
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Since applying, Mrs Francis has passed the written assessment.
"I have received a very shiny badge," she said.
Now she is waiting for her track assessment before she can progress to competition.
"I've been very competitive in my past. I've ridden horses.
"But that's different because horses are animals whereas a car is an engine.
"But I do like anything that's got a bit of speed.
"We will see where this will take me."
Formula Woman are looking for more applicants in the area and their application is available online.
After the online tutorial and on-track assessments, which will commence in September, the winners will receive entry into the 2022 GT Cup Championship to compete against their male counterparts in a McLaren 570s GT4 race car.
Mrs Francis is eager to get on the track and thinks this a great opportunity for women to put the pedal to the metal, regardless of their age.
"What have you got lose?" Mrs Francis said.
"I think there are a lot of good women drivers out there, so why not? It doesn't matter how old you are."