CRASHING into a wall at 75mph hasn't put Gill Luke off trying to forge a career in Formula Women.
The 39-year-old motor racer lost control of the back of her Nissan 300 ZX twin turbo car while competing at Santa Pod Raceway in Northamptonshire.
"It was snowing and we were night racing and I was stuck in a queue," said Gill.
"I lost control of the back of my car at around 70 or 80mph and it was like slow motion.
"The back end went into one wall, I managed to avoid the car I was racing against and avoided hitting the wall at the opposite side.
"The car had to be fixed but it hasn't put me off - it is just part of it."
In fact, Gill intends to take it one step further and take part in the Formula Women series - where they aim to find the 16 best female drivers in the UK to race in their championships which take place at the likes of Silverstone and Brands Hatch.
Gill, who drives a Volvo by day, has been selected from more than 1300 women to attend an assessment day on April 30 which will test her driving skills, her knowledge and her fitness as she looks to help boost women's image in motor racing.
"I began racing around five years ago - which is I suppose quite late," said Gill, from Oswaldtwistle, who works as a mental health nurse.
"I have always liked the chance to go faster on the roads. My husband Damien and I have had motorbikes.
"I wanted to try it in cars but you can't do it legally on the roads so I started going to tracks and having a go and meeting like-minded people.
"I have tried out at drag strips and different rally events and got my Clubman's certificate - which is the basic rally driver's certificate.
"Damien has always had an interest in cars and has a car club and a web-site but he doesn't really compete - I think I steal the limelight!
"But he has sat on cold embankments taking photos and I think he is quite proud of me
"I go around 150mph and it is just really exciting - you feel safe because you are harnessed in so it is fine."
To go from just 'having a go' to Formula Woman is a huge step - but just watching television inspired her to try it out.
"We were watching Men and Motors on Sky and saw the competition advertised for Formula Women and I just thought it sounded interesting and I would apply.
"My mum thinks I am crackers but most people are really supportive.
"I have a daughter Amy who is 18 and she has also had a drive around a track and they will be all there to support me."
Formula Women started in 2004 and they have run two successful championships for female drivers -it is designed to help women to enter the previously male dominated arena of motor sport.
There will be 500 women in the preliminaries with Gill going to Oulton Park on April 30 and having a timed karting session in a go-kart, a track session with an instructor, a two minute presentation on why they want to be in the competition and a general knowledge test on motor sports.
"After the preliminaries they whittle it down to 100 and we go on a two day boot camp which includes working on fitness, racing and more information about the racing cars," said Gill.
"Then, from there, it is a final 16 who will compete in the eight races from July to November.
"The top three get free sponsorship and the rest have to find their own.
"But I can't wait now. Even if I don't get through, it will open other avenues and will increase my confidence and improve my driving skills.
"It would be amazing to be part of this. Ladies are starting to get in top leagues of other sports and to be a frontrunner of something like this and help make a name of it would be something to be proud of.
"I was saying, though, that we should get hunky men to stand by the cars at the start as they do in Formula One with the women!
"But whatever happens, it will be a great experience."