Teacher on the podium

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SKEGNESS Grammar School teacher Amanda Black is continuing to make waves in the world of motor-racing after she bagged her first podium finish.

Amanda, 28, competed in Round 8 of the Caterham Graduate Classic Championship at Castle Combe, Wiltshire recently.

She qualified in third to record her second best qualifying position of the year.

Having not driven the circuit before the weekend of racing, Amanda was excited to learn the circuit quickly and get on the leaders’ pace.

Amanda (pictured) didn’t have the best of starts and lost a place to Paul Hawker. James Carvey then got a good run on Amanda coming out of Old Paddock Bend and overtook into Tower Corner.

She slipped back to fifth at one stage, but caught up with the leading pack on lap 10 and was able to retake fourth and third spots before the chequered flag came down, securing her a third-place finish.

Amanda said: “Caterham racing is very close, the lead and positions are always changing.

“I’m learning all the time and this was my first tactical race for me. I was pretty cautious at the beginning of the race and let the others battle it out.

“It cannot be won at the start, only lost. Once they had settled down I put in some fast laps and overtook.

“I’m over the moon with my first podium in only my 8th race”.

Having already achieved more of her goals than she set herself at the beginning of her first season of motor racing, Amanda now has her sights set on a win before the end of the season.

There are four races at two race meetings left - Pembrey and Rockingham.