#41 Natalie Barratt Highlights – Riga Latvia, 19-20th September 2020
Photography: Tom Banks – tombanksphotography.co.uk
#41 Natalie Barratt Highlights – Holjes Sweden, 21 & 22 August 2020
Photography: IMG & Stard
NATALIE BARRATT – A BIT ABOUT ME……………….
I’ll keep this brief as I’m not a great one for writing …
I started driving a long time ago, and no this is not a fairy tale! But, I’m hoping it’s going to have a great ending. I was 10 years old when I stood on a wall and watched Timo Salonen go through Chatsworth on the Lombard RAC rally in his Peugeot 205 T16, seeing a Group B rally car left a lasting impression.
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I don’t come from a motorsport family, but my dad has always been a car enthusiast and as my mum would vouch, he enjoys watching Moto GP and SBK, no doubt he will be enjoy watching me in Rally Cross too.
I started racing when I was at University near Silverstone and a friend of mine Marc Gene suggested I get my competition licence. No less than 18 months , I was competing in my 1st Rally. My mum thought that that would see the end of my passion for Motorsport. Boy oh boy was she wrong!
I WILL SET THE SCENE
It was a foggy, wet typical October day in North Yorkshire, bumpy army stages. I can still remember driving into the ‘service area’ and my mum and dad were there with a couple of mechanics. I’m sure my mum nearly died when I was absolutely bursting with excitement. It still gives me goosebumps!
Oh My Gosh incredibly amazing!
I loved it !
I was well and truly hooked. I still am to this day!Natalie Barratt 2020
I’ve since talked with mum about my intentions to return to Motorsport. Her first comment was
‘I thought those days were behind us. I don’t want have to cook again !’Natalies Mum 2020
At least I’m thoughtful – at Rally X mum won’t have to trudge through forests and clamber over fences to watch me. It’s all very civilised. Failing that she can watch it at home. In all honesty, it’s a great place to be, and it is helping keep the future alive.
I believe in being responsible for the future and I absolutly believe in what PROJEKT E are striving to showcase. I want to be part of this revolution and set my mums TV into overdrive!
We must be responsible, and Project E shows that electric power can really be a lot a fun!!!
The hype is real!
TIMELINE OF MY CAREER SO FAR
TOTALLING 44 WRC STARTS
- 1996 Nissan Micra challenge
- 1997 British Championship 1600cc
- 1998 British championship GP N Mitsubishi Evo 4
- 1998 1st WRC Event Wales
- 1999 British championship Gp N Mitsubishi Evo 6
- 2001 Group N Evo 6 WRC Sweden
- 2002 GP N / WRC Car Hyundai
- 2003 Seat Cupra Championship
- 2004 JWRC /some Evo 7 outing Junior World Championship Clio
- 2005 PWRC (production car world championship) Mitsubishi and Subaru
- 2006 Finnish Championship Subaru
- 2007 Finnish Championship
- 2008 Got married
- 2009 Frances (my 1st child was born)
- 2010 Magnus (my 2nd child was born)
- 2013 Divorced
- 2013-2020 – Career break and re-aligning my life as a parent
- 2020 – Today sees me so much more driven and passionate, looking to the future and pushing forward to be part of a dynamic team again, this time my children are old enough to wave at me from the comfort of their sofa’s. They are my drive and inspiration today.
- I want to make my future matter even more and help other and women in sport come together and celebrate what we have become over the decades
# bekind #howareyou #areyouok #stongwomen #girlpower
Of course i’m nervous and anxious about getting back into the game, but I live for this sport, I breath it and I passionately love what I do and I love for being a role model to many other girls and women out there that need that push to keep going in what they love and what makes them happy.
I’m just following my dream and doing something that makes me feel whole. I would like to think if there is anyone else out there that is struggling, nervous or just feel down right low about themselves, i’ve been there, I know what it feels like and you can get through this.