22nd February 1983Hometown:
Oamaru (resides Kurrajong, NSW)Ambition:
Sarah Twaddle is a late comer to Motorsport for her age, after competing in her 1st cross Country Rally at the age of 24. Sarah was then a Navigator in the Condo 750, held in Condobolin NSW where she came 8th outright and 1st female home. This event gave Sarah the dream of being the 1st New Zealand female to enter the Australasian Safari (formally the Wynn's Safari then Australian Safari).
The Australasian Safari is the Australia's little brother to the Famous Dakar.
Sarah was first introduced into Motorsport at a very young age when her parents Brent and Lyn organized the 'Off Road Rally' in Omarama and Twizel for a number of years. From this Brent was then asked to come to Australia to help organize the Australian Safari, where he would tell Sarah may of stories about the adventure that was to be had while away competing for around 7 days in the OZy outback.
In 2008 Sarah was given one of her dreams when she got to navigator for her Father in the Condo 750. Where she was once again the 1st female home and they won their class.
Also in 2008 Sarah was given the opportunity to take part in the Australasian Safari but was handed the keys to drive a Mitsubishi EVO Pajero. The car was built and prepared by the Roo Racing Team at Kurrajong in the Blue Mountains West of Sydney, under the watchful eye of her father. While Sarah was still working her Hotel Management Day job back in Christchurch.
Sarah's assault on the Safari started with a test drive of her EVO Pajero the day before the race started, as this was the 1st change for her to see/ drive the car. After 7 days of long hard days in high temperatures, camping out at the over night stops and sleeping in a swag with every other competitor, service crew and official, Sarah then made it to the finish line 13th outright, 1st in class, and 1st female driver home. She was also awarded the BF Goodrich Most Adventurous Driver.
Sarah's plans for this year is to once again compete in the Condo 750, this time as a driver with her father navigating. And again in August driving in the 22nd Australasian Safari. Sarah will also compete in some AMSAG two day forest rallies in NSW.
Keep an eye on her she is just getting started and wants to show everyone that a girl from New Zealand can take on the world in Cross Country Rallying!!!!!