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Tania Mann hitting the decks at Heaven

Add to this a fervent training regime (see below) and it is clear to see how and why racing does not come cheap, nor without personal sacrifice. 

Funding and sponsorship is a big element of making it in a sport where competition is as fierce for financing as it is on the track, but Mann’s business background puts her on a good course, understanding the needs to make herself marketable to prospective sponsors. 

“There are some phenomenal series in the UK and around Europe and it is important to consider the exposure on TV, so it makes sponsoring me an attractive prospect,” she recalls of her target-savvy approach. And, by her own admission, she has a “maths brain” and is a natural at working with the complex data that is so vital in motorsport.

This comes as no shock, considering she has Science and Commerce degrees, plus post-graduate studies in Applied Finance and Investment, which both helps her improve times and balance the books. And Mann’s no longer an instinct-only driver.

Racing has always been full of competing character styles – Ayrton Senna’s flamboyant rock star showboating compared to the Brazilian’s then rival, Frenchman Alain Prost and his calm, controlled racing.

Mann appears to draw a little of both into the mix – possessing the instinct and drive to get out there and make it against the odds (her maths brain has no doubt illustrated to her how the odds can be stacked against her), but with the number-crunching consideration in the pits and the garage to maximise the performance of her team. 

“I’m constantly networking and working on car-related projects, which I not only find fun but help raise my profile further,” adds the driver, who’s also DJ’d in clubs such as Heaven and Turnmills, and played with Armin van Buuren. 

With both Lotus and Porsche seasons under her belt, Mann’s aiming to step it up again this year, and is now finalising funding to compete in either the Ferrari Challenge, Porsche Carrera Cup or British GT.

Whichever series gets Mann’s patronage, though, you can bet this Aussie lass is going to make an impression.

 

Training for the track: Mann’s muscle mission

Getting fit behind the scenes is no small measure for Tania Mann, who has ramped up her intense training regime “to be stronger for this year”. 

“I also took up cycling to improve my stamina and can now comfortably ride for many hours a day – one to three hours a day is normal, but I can easily do double this,” she says. Add to this her demanding job at UBS. “I’m currently contracting as the finance lead for a large IT programme,” she says.

“However, my dream would be to secure sufficient funding to race full-time.”It is clear to see the sacrifices that have to be made to make it and Mann has tunnel vision for her goals. 

“It’s exhausting juggling both a banking and racing career,” she says. “But I’m so passionate about my racing that I will do whatever it takes to get me out on the grid!” 

 

The Porsche Carrera Cup GB series begins on March 31
Brand’s Hatch, Kent  DA3 8NG   
Station | Eynsford  
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