Petrol-head Fiona will be racing more than 2,000 miles across Europe to raise thousands for charity.

A BARNSTAPLE woman is making history as she gears up to be the first female driver to take part in Rally for Heroes.

Fiona Laing, a former Royal Navy aircraft mechanic, will be driving more than 2,000 miles across Europe along with 49 other cards.

Along with navigator Jason Middleton, Fiona will drive her MX5 Pitcrew through five countries in seven days, visiting famous European race tracks along the way.

Fiona will be setting off from the Top Gear Test Track on August 18 as Formula One commentator Murray Walker OBE waves the start flag.

“The aim of the rally is to raise £100,000 for Help for Heroes and the Royal British Legion,” said Fiona.

“I lost my husband to post traumatic stress disorder six years ago after various tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, so the charities have a really personal attachment.

“I’m really excited about the rally and being the only female driver I have to prove a point.”

During the rally Fiona will visit tracks such as Monaco, Hockenheim and finishing at the Nurburgring in Germany.

She added: “We’ll also be doing two laps of Le Mans with all the drivers dressed as superheroes and all the marshals as villains.

“I’ve always been a bit of a petrol-head and my Pitcrew is my baby; there are only six like it in the UK.”

The mum-of-three has already raised more than £1,000 in four weeks and is looking for companies to purchase corporate patches on her car.

“Local businesses can buy a seven-by-seven-inch square on the car for £50 which will go straight to the charities.

“The Rally is going to be filmed for a documentary and as the only female driver I’ve been told I’ll probably be a prime focus, so there will be a lot of coverage for those supporting me.”

For more information or to sponsor Fiona click the link in the top right corner of the page or email her on jenny_wren_1@hotmail.co.uk