Hi, thanks for visiting my racing page. I'm Dawn Boyd (nee Tomlinson). I'm in my late 40's, I started racing very late in life compared to most, I have no family history with racing, I just know I love to drive cars. I lost my brother when I was just 19 in a car crash at Xmas, so I may be more cautious than most racers but I also think that has helped me be a "cleaner" racer. I lost my father to cancer in 2004, Dad knew I was through to the Formula Woman competition but never got to see me race.. I just hope he is proud of his 'little girl' and I sometimes feel he is watching me and keeping me safe x My ever present mum (aka Mumsie) has supported me at nearly every race and I thank her wholeheartedly for everything she has ever done for me x
Back in 2003 I applied for the Formula Woman competition along with over 4000 women. We took part in challenges, fitness tests (!) and PR training, plus racing at Knockhill and the final 100 won a chance to compete at Pembrey in 2006 which is quoted in the Guinness book of World records of the most ladies all in their first race event. :) I made some great friends and some of the mechanics and staff helped in future racing as well. I got through all the elimination rounds and to boot camp.. I got to 31st place. I didn't quite make it to the televised race team but by then I was hooked! Thanks to Tim Harvey, Graham Glew and the team for quite literally changing my life! :)
Some of the gang from FW worked in the Fiesta Championship and the Mini Challenge which opened the door for me. I had a few races with Fiesta and 3 years of racing in the Mini's, having some great race experience and some great results including 3rd in the ladies challenge twice and a podium in the Anglesey winter races. I made some great friends in the Mini's including Jay Finlay who was my mechanic. Jay helped me get into racing with better value. We bought a golf Gti Mk2 together and went on to compete in other series.
The Golf... "Max" was just the start.. We had great results with the Golf Gti Championship and the VAG trophy earning many podiums. We also entered the Production Gti Championship in 2011 and we cleaned up in the 8 valve class! I won the lot! Jay, his partner Kim and I created Finsport together, a race team and tuning business.
We raced the Golf Mk2 for a few years, then a Fiesta "Syd" and "Molly" (after Syd was dramatically sent to the great race track in the sky!) where we experienced slick and wet tyres which was a challenge! and then a Honda Civic Type-R "Fyn" brought us 3 years of VTec Challenge, winning the Series as 2013 Production Class Champions, CTCRC and 750mc brought podiums as well.
Finsport has grown over the years, literally! Jay and Kim are now married and have a lovely family. I'm even Rihanna's god Mother! We had some fantastic results, some not so brilliant but we had over 10 years of excellent memories and a trophy cabinet wall!. I will never forget it :)
My personal life has changed for the better, I now have a lovely partner, Andy, and we are going to build a race car together on a budget, I wish the Finsport family all the best for the future, Im sure you will prosper. Thank you for the memories! :)
I am now prepping a new car for 2019 (and beyond if Im not too old!) with my boyfriend (Andy). Andy has had many years of prepping and building vehicles for all kinds of events, from classics to modern, and we intend to race back with the Production Gti Championship. Its a Gti Mk5, the car will be supporting the Marshals as I'm also a proud member of the BMMC 'Orange Army'.
See the B-42's build page gallery for a time line of the car build photos - and watch this space for more support opportunities for the marshals.
I became friends with Andy back in 2008, whilst we were racing in the Mk2 Golfs. I raced alongside Jamie, his son, seemingly always sharing the same tarmac! There are many race stories of battles won and lost that still play out today! and we shared several podiums. It wasn't until 2016 that life changes brought us together.
Andy has built several race cars, including classic Mini's for stock car racing, auto solo and circuit racing. Jamie's junior race Mini won several races, and the Golf won "Best Prepared car" in 750MC.
Andy had his own successful business restoring original Mini's. He now creates and restores MG's with Frontline Developments. He built the Top Gear car of the Series of 2016. Now the project is my race car! :) lets see where that takes us...