First, I just want to see what a fantastic weekend and a great atmosphere at Stard. There were 4 of us this weekend and 2 battles, it was great to go bumper to bumper with Holten. I’m still getting use to Rallycross and that’s evident at times but all in all the times are improvingContinue reading “So….. I’m leading the championship!”
I’ve never driven or raced on a rally ‘cross track’. Then, to be racing at Holjes Sweden – it was certainly not how it looks on TV. From the driving seat its wildly different! It is a totally different discipline to what I have been used to and what I trained for many years to do.Continue reading “Grip Trained!”
Only EV racing drivers will understand this most ‘un-natural’ feeling of sitting, poised on the start line, in a deathly quiet race car….. hands and feet …. at the ready! There are no REVS, no anti-lag, no popping & banging, literally no engine noise………….. whatsoever! This feeling is really quite extraordinary. The whole weekend wasContinue reading “…..Shhhhhh!!”
Well, you have now witnessed an Historic Event! PROJEKT E Debut Series. It’s been a weekend of firsts for me … First time race in Rallycross First time competing in a Ford First time racing an Electric Car First time with a Spotter First time to jump a start 🙈/ let’s hope the last (Q3)Continue reading “Historic debuts – Projekt E Series Q3, Q4 & Final”
Have you ever thought “I must be nuts”? Well, that’s what was going through my head this morning. I did the maths. I last did a rally in 2007 and my last time on a race track was 2003/4. So, I made a few rookie errors (or maybe they were Mummy errors) I totally stuffedContinue reading “Q1 & Q2 HUGE day for me and EV motorsport”
Test day has arrived and this morning ‘I feel the need, the need for Speed’, yep I’m having a Top Gun moment / on my way to Miriamar, Top Gun music this morning ….. the bit where Tom Cruise is racing his bike along the fence on his way to training school. I always wantedContinue reading “Testing testing 1,2,3….”
You may not know this but some drivers have lucky underwear and they often form part of a routine. Being prepared the night before a race day is, for me, the most important part of getting to sleep !!!. Yet, last week I had a nightmare. I had turned up in Sweden without my fireproofContinue reading “Pants on Fire!!”
Sweden is a Scandinavian nation with thousands of coastal islands and inland lakes, along with vast boreal forests and glaciated mountains. Its principal cities, eastern capital Stockholm and southwestern Gothenburg and Malmö, are all coastal. Stockholm is built on 14 islands. It has more than 50 bridges, as well as the medieval old town, GamlaContinue reading “Swedish facts”
It really doesn’t get much more exciting than this. The pent up energy of something that is going to be so monumentous. After North England’s Electric Storm last night, I think my Angel Number 41 is sending me a sign. Even felt like sleeping with my rubber boots and overalls on last night. It wasContinue reading “STARD’S SNEEKY PEEK”
Honoured and excited to get behind the wheel of this baby! FORD I hope to drive my very best and do you proud. What an amazing generation of Motorsport we are going into together! Is electric the future? Well. 0-150mph with little to no noise just plenty of G-Force the proof is certainly in theContinue reading “Unleash the beast – and this baby is All Mine!”
No Monday morning gloom in our house. Game face on and teeth in (joke I still have my own). So, people what to know about the differences between Rallying and Rally cross, and my return to Motorsport so this week it’s interview and podcast week. Ummmm can I talk for an hour about my rallyingContinue reading “Happy Monday”
Why do coincidences happen and what do they mean? When I had to stop driving years ago, it was not just the driving I missed it was the people. Being in Motorsport is like having a huge extensions to my own family. On a recent drive back from Anglesey, Wales last Sunday I was thinking aboutContinue reading “Coincidence, Destiny or Fate?”
I am back with my number 41 ….. So I got to choose my number and its 41 , my special number so I’m syked !!! I’ve had it on my door many times in the World Rally Championship and now I using it in Rally Cross, so it’s my little bit of normal inContinue reading “Play on numbers!”
Phew…….It has been a long a stressful couple of weeks! All the paperwork, medicals, ECGs, licence tests are the norm in the sport, but never in my life time has it been made so difficult with a pandemic running alongside. I have had many messages of support from fellow drivers, teams, mechanics, potential sponsors, friendsContinue reading ““Blood, Sweat but no tears!””
Ken Block !! and just now Mads Ostberg I had a feeling Ken was coming !! What a line up and thankfully I don’t have to keep that quiet any more!! OMG the pressure is on …. I also think I’d better pick up my American slang a little more, like sycked, stoked, rad, ummmmContinue reading “ProjeKt E – ELECTRIC DEBUT’s !!”
Today is the closing date for entries for the much anticipated first round of the 2020 FIA World Rally Cross. Sebastian Eriksson has entered to defend his title as lasts year winner. I’m looking forward to seeing all the cars in action, but I’m much more excited to see who might be along side meContinue reading “Deadline for Entries”
You cant beat a morning ‘open water’ swim in Lake Windermere in my beautiful back garden of the Lake District! What a way to clear my head, going open water swimming is going to be a new part of my training, fitness and wellness regime. Asking a rally driver to practice a race start wasContinue reading “Morning Dip !!”
Eco-friendly Natalie Barratt has gone all-electric as she pedal powers out of coronavirus lockdown and prepares for the start of the new all-electric Projekt E series – and has been out training in the stunning Cumbrian countryside on her new Orbea Gain F40 electric hybrid bicycle.
And she loves it, as it gives her the freedom to explore the stunning, and hilly, Cumbrian countryside that she’s recently made her home.
Projekt E boss says Natalie has driving skills that you just don’t lose
Natalie Barratt was one of the best female rally drivers there has ever been and is now a huge assist to the new all-electric Projekt E rallycross series – and that’s the view of a man who should know.
Equality Article written by – Paul Evans – Director at Fablass Ltd – Motorsport journalist at Motoring News (1987-1994). Paul joined Knightsbridge-based automotive PR agency Avenue Communications in 1994 – working with Mobil 1, before becoming Ford WRC Team Media Manager. Natalie’s Daughter is behind hers fight for a more a cleaner future and equality Natalie BarrattContinue reading “Equality”
Natalie Barratt British Female Rally Driver – Here is footage produced by Stard on my first test drive in Austria – 8th July 2020. A historical moment as I was the first woman to drive this car. Personally, it was my first drive of a rally cross car after some time being out of the driving seat and being back behind the wheel brought tears of joy to my eyes. Thank you to Stard for this footage.
Natalie Barratt has one simple rule that has helped her overcome and achieve so much in life – and that is to look at everything as a strength.
And that’s her philosophy as the mother of two prepares to return to Motorsport after a break of 13 years – contesting the brand new all-electric Projekt E – a support race series held at selected European rounds of the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
The world has an opportunity to change course and not go back to its old ways after the Covid-19 lockdown comes to an end – and the pandemic, humanly tragic and economically shattering as it is, has alerted more people to the need for a cleaner planet.
WHATS IT ALL ABOUT IMG UNVEILS PROJEKT E RACECAR Friday 13th of September 2019 IMG ushered in a bold new era in motorsport with the global reveal of the all-electric racecar which will compete in the electric development series, codenamed Projekt E, in 2020. The official unveiling of the Projekt E racecar,Continue reading “PROJEKT E”