“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.” Mario Andretti
Sometimes we have a thing called luck, that moment the phone rings out of the blue offering us something amazing, or a door finally opens allowing us to seize that opportunity at long last. And then sometimes we make our own luck. Becky-Beth Cox makes her own luck.
Becky has been very open that with racing the need for money is the biggest priority to race and race well, finding said money is where the difficulty lies. The Citroen Saxo Becky drives needs a good re-build but unfortunately as funds are tight she will have to wait until the end of the season, and with the car still leaking oil and being in a run down state, there is a slim chance the car may not see the chequered flag on the last race of the season.
With every stumble and fall Becky gets back up again, looks at the situation long enough to see another way and chance to move forward. I love that Becky for instance is looking to get a towing licence, purely so she has more independence over her racing career to not rely on anyone apart from herself to tow the car from circuit to circuit, and in the long-term it works out as a great way to save money.
Looking back at Becky’s last race at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in June she tells me that she was definitely affected mentally by the sheer frustration of continually looking for more sponsorship. But, as with racing, it’s as much about the mind as it is about driving, Becky took time to reflect and during the actual race was completely back in the zone and made up a huge 6 seconds in lap time, really showcasing Becky’s drive that continually pushes her forward.
Since Brands, Becky has been busy hunting for sponsorship, working at track days with her sponsors at Brands Hatch and just pushing onwards and upwards with a new-found zest and vibrancy for racing.
Becky’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of her goals is even more apparent when she explains that due to her working on a tight shoe string, Becky can’t get to a majority of race tracks for any testing unlike a lot of the other competitors, and therefore will have to go away and study the track, read reviews and look at as many circuit guide footage’s as much as possible in order to be familiar with the track and ready to race.
My views on my own career has always been that you need to fight for the great things, the goals. I remember leaving stage school and having to walk all over London all day every day on castings as I couldn’t afford the travel, and every spare moment was back training and working, but of course you do that in a mist of dreams, focus and sheer determination to prove yourself.
Becky-Beth Cox wants to be a race driver, is a race driver and will go on, I have no doubt, to be a very successful female race driver – and I can’t wait!
To contact Becky or offer sponsorship:
Lady Bird Racing – www.ladybirdracing.com