Suze is married to Matt, having met when competing against each other, and is a member of Chelmsford Motor Club and Oxford Motor Club. She holds both a Rally National B and Race National B Licence, as well as being a Motorsport UK licensed Stage Rally National B Clerk of the Course, Motorsport UK registered Safeguarding Officer and Motorsport UK registered Rally and Cross Country Marshal (sector, radio, timing and Senior Official).
Suze started competing during the 2007 season and has competing in car trials, circuit racing, sprints, autotests, autosolos, gymkhanas, targa rallies, autocross, scatters, 12 Cars, targa rallies, endurance rallies, road rallies, stage rallies and other disciplines. Having grown up around motor sport and spectating as a child, being taken to race meetings from an early age saw Suze pick up the bug for motor sport. She first joined a motor club in 2006 when she joined Sevenoaks & District Motor Club, and shortly afterwards she joined the committee as Press & PR Co-ordinator before taking over editing the club magazine in 2009.
Starting off marshalling, Suze decided she wanted to compete herself and started with a car trial before competing on a sprint the following weekend. Lots of events followed, with a wide variety of motor sport disciplines, with some times as many as six events in four weeks. Having started off driving, Suze also learnt to navigate and co-drive on a variety of events as well as giving something back to the sport but volunteering in various roles including marshalling, Entries Secretary, Media Officer and more.
By 2009, Suze decided to concentrate on a championship rather than doing lots of different events. The Chelmsford Motor Club 12 Car Championship was decided upon, with the aim of winning the class. Driving, navigating and marshalling that year went well and Suze managed to win the championship overall! By this time, “Muriel,” a Nissan Micra had been purchased for events, as previously Suze had been using her everyday road car to compete in at weekends as well. Muriel was purchased to compete on The Preston in 2008 and having survived, was built into an Endurance spec car which Suze entered into The Endurance Road Rally Championship in 2010 for the first time, as well as the ASEMC Car Trial Championship.
2011 saw another season of concentrating on the Endurance Road Rally Championship, but the number of events Suze competed on dropped in order to save and raise the money needed to make Muriel stage rally spec that year. The Endurance Road Rally Championship went well with a 10th overall finish on The Great Bustard the highlight, and finishing 12th overall in the Championship, taking home the Best Lady Award for the year. A top ten Championship finish had been the aim, but issues on the final round dashed championship hopes.
By July 2011, Muriel was built and logbooked and Suze drove on her first stage rally in September 2011, the Hutton Kitchens Woodbridge Stages. Now, Muriel has been used on car trials, scatters, 12 Cars, road rallies, endurance rallies, sprints, autocross, stage rallies, targa rallies, autotests, autosolos and has successfully completed Wales Rally GB in 2013 and 2014.
Over the years, Suze has competed in a number of cars both as a driver and co-driver, including various Rover 214s, a Peugeot 106, Peugeot 206, Honda Civic, Mazda Eunos, Nissan Sunny, Vauxhall Nova and more.
Now, Muriel is in full Road Rally and Stage Rally specification, with the necessary safety modifications (roll cage, seats, harnesses, plumbed in extinguisher) etc. Muriel has Spax all round adjustable forest spec suspension, upgraded brakes, various Group A parts including Cams, Airbox and Exhaust and is running a 1348cc Nissan Micra engine. Muriel started life as a humble family run around, and was purchased as a standard road car for £400 from eBay.
Wales Rally GB was one of the highlights of Muriel’s competitive career to date, and a bucket list ambition for Suze and her husband, Matt. In 2013 they finished and enjoyed the experience, and they decided to head back to the Welsh forests in 2014 to improve on their result, which they did. In 2014 they finished 5th in class (they were 7th in 2013), 50th overall and they were the first Micra home out of three Micras competing on the event. They also featured on BT Sport a number of times when competing on the 2014 event.