Rally driver Georgia Shiels was left devastated after a mechanical failure stopped her from making her European rally debut at the weekend.
The 18-year-old racer travelled overseas to take part in the Tour of Flanders rally at Roeselare, Belgium, but a mechanical fault on her Abarth 500 left her unable to start the race.
Georgia who has been racing since 2012 took to her Facebook page to inform her followers of her disappointment. She said that she was “absolutely gutted”, but thanked her team and promised to be back next year with “a few changes.”
The rally saw drivers battling it out over 175km of competitive stage miles.
This weekend would have been her third outing with co-driver Phil Hall, from Nottingham, who last month accompanied her on the Tyneside Stages at Otterburn, which saw the duo place a very respectable 51st overall.