Amanda Stretton Bio - Biography

Name Amanda Stretton
Naionality English
Date of Birth 24-July-1973
Place of Birth London, England, UK
Famous for Racing Driver
Amanda Stretton is an English female racing driver and motoring journalist. The daughter of British automobile collector and historic racer Terry Cohn, Stretton grew up in London. Aged 13 she raced Motocross bikes, and aged 18 she competed on both the national and international historic cars circuits, earning "Best Newcomer" at the Classic and Sportscar Awards. She was educated at New Hall School in Essex.

In 2001 became the first ever female driver to compete in the ASCAR Mintex Cup where she finished 6th. In 2003, she entered the first ever female team in the British GT Championships, and was the first British female to race in the FIA Championships. In September 2004 she became the first British woman to win an international long distance event at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium - also beating fellow competitor, her husband. In 2006 she competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Away from the track, Stretton works alongside husband Bob Berridge to oversee the commercial aspects of the two-car team that operates under the combined Chamberlain-Synergy banner, which compete in the Le Mans Series. Stretton was invited on to a television show to debate the proposal that "Women can't drive or race", and in light of her feisty and intellectual defence of women as drivers and her actual track record, 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.

After Channel4 lost the television rights to the majority of their motorsports events, Stretton presented most of the events for the new rights holders including Sky Sports, EuroSport, and Silverstone TV; and is one of the radio commentators for the American and European Le Mans Series. She also picked up presentation on non-motorsports events for the Travel Channel and