:: Rivals team up for charity – News – Manchester Evening News ::
Paul R Taylor
DEAF champion rally driver Jayne Auden is putting rivalry in the passenger seat in the name of charity.
Jayne, 25, from Woodford, Stockport, will compete in round two of the British Rally Championships in the Scottish Borders in May with Amanda Cornforth, 24, as her co-driver.
The two usually compete against each other in a lesser class of rallying but are teaming up in the arduous 100-mile challenge to raise funds for the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People charity.
Jayne said: ‘We have chosen to do the Jim Clark Rally as it is a high-profile event on the British Rally Championship calendar. It’s a bit different from the normal rallies we do because it’s on tarmac and over two days, whereas we normally compete in one-day forest gravel events.’
Jayne won the British Trials and Rally Drivers Association Lady Drivers title last year and this season is racing her MG ZR with dad Dave as her regular co-driver.
Jayne, an insurance clerk, started rallying when just 16 and has been driving competitively since 19. She was born hard of hearing but uses digital hearing aids.
She said: ‘My deafness has never got in the way of anything I wanted to do, whether it be my rally driving or work.’
‘I want to inspire other hearing impaired people through my rally driving.’
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People takes dogs from rescue centres and trains them to alert deaf people to specific sounds.