Louise's Story...

Louise got her first taste of driving when her late father bought her a battery powered car on her 6th birthday which she would put her pet rabbit in the back of and drive round for hours each day until the battery went flat. Robert may have regretted this gift after Louise wrote off the conservatory twice, two garden fences and took the front axle off it.

Louise's first experience of driving a rally car was when she was 19 and studying Car Design at Coventry University. Louise was at a car show and saw a competition advertised to get more women into Rallying. Cookie entered and found herself runner-up out of 1000 women. With no previous motorsport experience, Louise was amazed and this gave her the confidence to enter her first ever rally, the Rockingham Stages. Thanks to her student loan, Louise achieved a
creditable 51st out of 105 in an old Peugeot 205.

Cookie was desperate to find a way of rallying more often than once a year. So she came up with an idea called Promotion50. The target was to gain 500 fifty pound sponsors to raise £25,000. Cookie dragged herself around Trade Shows and the Industrial Estates of Kent knocking on businesses doors asking for the support of £50 day in day out. Louise managed to get 300 companies on board and just about got her first season underway in 2010 competing in a Fiesta ST in the British Rally Championship Challenge. Sacrifices had to be made though; Louise had to sell her much loved Ford StreetKa road car to get to the first round. She also gave up her full time job to commit fully to her chosen sport and £50 campaign.

In 2011 Louise stepped up to the British Rally Championship where she became British Female Rally Champion and came 2nd in the Fiesta Sport Trophy. In 2012, Cook threw herself into the deep end and made the massive step to the World Rally Championship, where she became the first ever female to win an FIA Rally Title, excluding the ladies cup.

 

 

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