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Christabel Carlisle
Helmet
Driver Details
Nationality {{{{{natflag}}}}} British Flag of England
Date of Birth 01/03/1939[1]
Date of Death Unknown
Début Silverstone 1961
Championships 0 (7th 1963)
2015 Position Unknown
First Win Unknown
Previous Teams Don Moore
Career Statistics
Total Entries 0 (0 Starts)
Pole Positions 0
Fastest Laps 0
Wins 0 (0 in Class)
Total Points 0
Current Season
Team Unknown
Car Unknown
Number Standings Points
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Christabel Carlisle is a former British Saloon Car Championship driver, known for being one of the few women to have raced in the series.

BackgroundEdit

Carlisle first took up racing in 1960, entering a club race in a Mini.[2] Carlisle would race other cars in various sports car championship races  before she started racing her Mini in the BSCC, taking part in the second half of 1961.[3]

BTCC HistoryEdit

Making her debut at Silverstone, Carlisle made a steady start to her BSCC career, finishing sixth in class.[3] She bettered this at the next round with fifth, before taking her first podium at Oulton Park.[3] Carlisle rounded off her season with second place at Snetterton, prompting Don Moore to sign her up for the following year.[3]

Don Moore built an Austin Mini Cooper for Carlisle, with which she would create history.[4] Constantly in the scrap at the top of Class A, Carlisle proved to be a race winner at the second race of the year, beating John Whitmore, John Love and Bill Blydenstein (all driving factory Mini Coopers) to victory at Goodwood.[4] Although she would not win again that year, Carlisle took third in Class A in the final standings, with Don Moore opting to continue with her for the next season.[4] 

1963 proved to be Carlisle's final year in motorsport, after two crashes.[2] After finishing second in three of the first four races of the season, Carlisle was involved in accident with Peter Harper, with her Mini ending up on top of the latter's Sunbeam.[5] Although neither of them were injured, Carlisle was shaken by the incident.[2] Two more podium finishes followed, before a second accident that season prompted Carlisle to quit racing.[2] During a club race outside of the championship, Carlisle was involved in an accident which claimed the life of a marshal when her car hit him.[2] Although she was not personally responsible for the death (as many of her fellow competitors told her), she decided to quit motorsport and retired.[2]

BTCC RecordEdit

A table containing Christabel Carlisle's best results in the BTCC. The figures after the information about the car used indicate Christabel Carlisle's best finish at that meeting.

Christabel Carlisle's BTCC Record
Year Team Pos Pts Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1961 10 Austin Mini Seven bgcolor="#E52525" rowspan="2" style="border-radius:5px; color:white;"|A N 6 5 3 2 -
1962 Don Moore 9th 26 Austin Mini Cooper 3 1 3 R 2 3 R - -
1963 7th 28 2 2 2 6 R 3 3 N

ReferencesEdit

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