This came on top of a great season in the Lotus Cup UK in 2012. She is clearly a racing driver progressing fast in her career and we thought we’d catch up with her before her season begins for 2014.
GR: You had your best season yet in car racing last season can you tell us about it?
Charlotte: I had such a great year this year! I knew going out to Europe would be my hardest challenge yet due to my budget and time my test plan was very limited meaning I could only learn the track the day before in two sessions usually, but I am really glad that we made the jump. I managed to finish every round on the podium and secure double pole position and a win at Brands Hatch. To say I have finished 3rd overall in a FIA Championship is a big achievement and something I am very proud of.
GR: What made you move to racing in Europe last season?
Charlotte: The decision to move to Europe was made quite last minute, we decided along with my sponsors that going out to Europe would be the best decision after having such a successful year in Lotus Cup UK in 2012 were I finished 4th overall.
GR: Can you tell us about your plans for the 2014 season?
Charlotte: At the moment I can’t say yet what my plans are as we are yet to finalise them completely, but I can say I will be taking a step up which I am very excited about!
GR: Okay, we’ll have to catch up with you again in a couple of weeks! You’ve recently been recognised by the BWRDC being nominated for and receiving awards. Can you tell us about those?
Charlotte: I joined the BWRDC at the start of 2013, I was lucky enough to be nominated for the Elite Gold Star Award which was a huge honour, unfortunately I didn’t win but I am really honoured I was even nominated! I also won the Best Newcomer Awards and The Gabriel Koenig award for Outstanding International Achievement in 2013. For my first year in the club I couldn’t of asked for anything more and I am really proud to be a member.
GR: If everything continues to go to plan with your current plan, where do you think you’ll head next?
Charlotte: My aim and dream is to break out into GT racing especially in Europe, the way things are going at the moment I hope that the momentum will continue and I’ll be able to reach my goals.
GR:A hypothetical situation now; If someone approached you with an unlimited amount of sponsorship money, where would you choose to race?
Charlotte: DTM! I have always loved DTM it is a complete dream of mine but also Le Mans 24 hour would be amazing too!
GR: Some people assume it should be easier for a female driver to get sponsorship because you are more marketable. Is this true?
Charlotte: Being a female has its plus sides and it is more marketable if used in the correct manner. For me and I know for my current sponsors The James Taylor Group when it comes down to the racing its irrelevant that I am a female I am there to do the job and do it well.
GR: Well you’ve certainly been doing that! What’s been the best moment of your racing career so far?
Charlotte: That is a really hard question to answer I have had so many great moments especially in the last year. I must say racing alongside Martin Donnelly in the Brands Hatch 6 hour was a great moment especially finishing on the podium as it was a very hard race and a lot of things were against us.
GR: Okay as you can’t tell us exactly where you’ll be racing can you say about your aims for your 2014 season?
Charlotte: 2014 I want to continue the momentum from 2013 and overall win the Championship I will be racing in.
We’ll be doing a follow up interview with Charlotte in a few weeks once her plans for 2014 have been announced. By Marc Waller