‘It was always my dream to be here’ says Katarina Kyvalova of the day she finally realised her ambition of racing at the Goodwood Revival. ‘I spent 15 years in the grandstand and said “one day I’ll be down there racing” and that’s today. I have a constant grin on my face!’
The ‘constant grin’ Katarina wore before the two-driver Freddie March Memorial Trophy race was as nothing compared to her disposition after the chequered flag fell and the lady racer found that she and co-driver, BMW GT3 racer Phil Keen, had brought her Cooper-Jaguar T33 home in an impressive third place. Bear in mind that to Katarina, just being there was ‘like a birthday, Christmas and Easter… everything at once.’
Although this was just her second Goodwood event (having competed in her Austin Healey at the 73rd Members’ Meeting), Katarina is no stranger to historic racing. She’s taken part in the Silverstone and Le Mans historic meetings and as one of the celebrated Bentley Belles (a team of four lady racers you can read about here) she completed the Benjafield’s 24 hour race at Portimao last year in her 4.5 litre Bentley. A fine feat, although it would have done little to prepare her for the amount of interest at Revival from various journalists and TV crews keen to find out more about this fast lady’s attempt to get a result at the foremost historic race meeting on the calendar.
Luckily the entire experience, from firing up said 4.5-litre Bentley and driving to the circuit, to the moment the team celebrate their achievement was filmed so that we can get a feel of what it’s like to realise the dream of racing at the Revival. It’s inspiring stuff, so much so that GRR is determined to get out there ourselves next year.
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Footage courtesy of Proaction/FlyThroughVideo