Kathryn has drive to win

Kathryn Johnson

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GIRL power behind the wheel has seen a woman driver winning a national competition.

Kathryn Johnson, from South Hetton, proved that females really do rule the road after taking on 299 other men and women in an ultimate driving challenge.

The 40-year-old also managed to leave her husband, Craig, 39, eating dust in the event organised by Spanish car manufacturer, SEAT and Channel Five’s Fifth Gear programme.

Mobile hairdresser Kathryn, and Craig, a manager at Jennings SEAT, earned their places in the competition after registering the highest number of nominations from friends and family via social networking site, Facebook.

The couple were among 150 pairs of drivers who took part in a filmed audition which involved a series of tests, including Cops and Robbers, Pitstop and Stunt Drive at Kenilworth Prodrive Proving Ground in Warwickshire.

Unfortunately, Craig was knocked out in the first round, but Kathryn made it through to the final, which saw a team of four women and four men battle it out for the title in a sporty Leon Cupra R model.

Each team was led by a celebrity team captain, with television presenter Emma Willis representing the girls and adrenaline junkie Jack Osbourne leading the boys.

Kathryn said; “The whole experience was absolutely fantastic and it gave me great pleasure scooping the title on behalf of all female drivers across the nation.”

She puts her success down to being a careful and cautious driver, adding: “Women tend to take time over things and are cautious whilst driving. We’re not boy racers and we’re aware of what is going on around us.”

Unfortunately for Craig, all participants agreed to carry out a forfeit if they lost the challenge and he is now working as Kathryn’s cleaner, which also involves scrubbing her car down every week.

Craig said; “I was delighted that Kathryn won, but not so delighted with the forfeit.”