Amanda Stretton (née Cohn; 24 July 1973, London) is an English female racing driver, broadcaster and motoring journalist.
In 2001 became the first ever female driver to compete in the ASCAR Mintex Cup where she finished in 6th place. 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, beating her husband, a competitor. In 2006, she competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
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 Channel 4 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 NOW.com.
Stretton presented Five's Dream Machine series, in which classic cars are restored or kit cars which replicate them are built; as well as UK Horror Homes. With Murray Walker she co-presented ITV1's coverage of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Goodwood Revival and The Goodwood Members Meeting for many years. Away from the track, she has presented "Wrecks to Riches" for Discovery Home & Leisure, is a freelance journalist and writes for a range of newspaper columns and specialist motoring titles. Stretton has been a brand spokesperson and presenter for Mercedes-Benz, Michelin and now the Panasonic Jaguar Racing Formula E Team.
Stretton is the motoring editor at Confused.com
She is Patron of the Rhodesian Ridgeback Welfare Trust
Having been born into a motor racing family, she was first married to Martin Stretton, and then Bob Berridge, with whom she has two children. She now lives with her partner, Stuart Dyble in Oxfordshire. Her hobbies include cooking and classic car rallying on events such as the Mille Miglia and historic saloon car racing, with whom she shares a car with best selling author Peter James.
24 Hours of Le Mans results
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