Daredevil beauty queen Jodie takes a lesson behind the wheel of a racing car
An Euxton beauty queen is not just a pretty face.
Miss Lancashire Rose 2017 Jodie Doherty is also proving to be a bit of a daredevil.
She has been behind the wheel of a rally car, learning how to drive racing cars with the help of a champion.
“My first experience in the rally car was surreal,” said 20-year-old Jodie. “I got to drive with Kevin Furber who is an ex champion rally driver in his car which is worth millions.
“He taught me to drive at EventCity in Manchester.
“He took me round the track in the car and he was telling me what to do with all the gears.
“I’m a fast learner so I actually got it really quickly.
“Then he drove me round and it was so fast and loud, it was so exciting. We had to wear helmets to protect our ears.
“Then afterwards I got out and Kevin was like right, ‘let’s show you how it’s properly done’. It was such a good buzz.”
Jodie has had numerous videos published of her experiences of the rallying world, from being part of the pit team, being a passenger to even driving a rally car for the first time.
Not only has she been in the fast lane. Jodie was also given the honour of signalling the start of races at the UK’s largest and most high-profile motor rally, flagging away racing drivers at the Wales Rally GB.
Jodie said: “I have achieved a lot of things in my short time as a model that I am proud of.
“The opportunity to work with such a prestigious team at Wales Rally GB was unreal. It’s been a hectic last few days, the atmosphere was unreal.”
More than 100,000 spectators from all over the world flocked to the three-day event which kicked of on Friday 27 at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire. Jodie was helping to bring to light the efforts of newly crowned European Rally Champion Driver Chris Ingram.
Chris, 22, from Manchester, was named Junior European champion following his win in Liepāja, Latvia on October 8. Since then he has been preparing for Rally GB Wales.
Speaking after the rally , at which Jodie flagged Chris away for his races, she said: “The rally drivers would all line up, there were about 70 in Chris’s category. The track was quite long and each driver would set off and when they reach a certain point they set another driver off.
“So when Chris’s time was triggered I would raise the flag and he zoomed off. Working with Chris’ team was a real privilege. A lot of people were there supporting racers, it was absolutely heaving.”
Jodie has been a beauty queen for four years and while not attending pageants she models for international gym clothing companies and studies beauty therapy at Runshaw College. She is now preparing to compete at Miss UK in November.