Amanda Stretton (née Cohn) is a female racing driver and motoring journalist who attended New Hall School from 1987 - 1991.
Amanda has achieved a slew of motoring firsts to her name; Amanda was the first ever female to compete in the ASCAR Mintex Cup in 2001 (ultimately finishing in 6th place), entered the first ever female team in the British GT Championships in 2003 and in 2004 became the first British woman to win an international long distance event at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, beating her husband in the process!
She was also the first British woman to race in the FIA Championships, and in 2006 she competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
Outside of competitive racing, Amanda is also a successful journalist and television presenter.
Follow a television debate in 1998 defending the proposal that “Woman Can’t Drive or Race” and coupled with her own achievements on the track, Amanda was offered a position with Channel 4 to co-present their motorsports coverage under the title "Motorsport on 4" which included the British Formula 3, GT, MGF and Rally Championships, as well as the Anglo-American Stock Car Racing series and UK Supercross. She has also presented Channel 4’s Driven, Sky Sports, Eurosport and Silverstone TV and is one of the radio commentators for the American and European Le Mans Series.
Amanda currently presents the Dream Machine series on Channel 5 and co-hosts ITV1s coverage of the Goodwood Festival of Speed with Murray Walker.
Outside of motor racing, Amanda presents Wrecks to Riches for Discovery Home and Leisure and has presented for the Travel Channel and NOW.com. She is also a freelance journalist and writes a number of newspaper columns and dedicated motoring titles.
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