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Maeve proves her track record for quality control extends way beyond office duties

Maeve proves her track record for quality control extends way beyond office duties

While the rest of us might be catching up on domestic chores at the weekend this competitive 25-year-old finds herself competing as one of a few female competitors in Northern Ireland in National Autograss.

Maeve Devlin, from Armagh, works as a quality officer at Homecare Independent Living but once pens are down on a Friday evening Maeve prepares herself for perfecting a different sort of quality control as she puts her non contact motorsport driving skills to the test.

Maeve, who has been working for Homecare Independent Living since last July, started Autograss racing when she was 13 years old along with her brother and dad and soon it developed into a competitive hobby which sees her competing all over Ireland and in the UK.

Speaking about Autograss, Maeve said: "Autograss racing has been part of my family for almost 15 years.I love everything about it. I love the thrill of racing.”

"I love the fact that it is a family orientated sport. Racing meetings are held over a weekend so we are often away from a Friday evening until late on a Sunday night. I love the atmosphere in the club aswe have been members for approximately 15 years. It is like a little family, we support each other on all racing events and if you ever need a hand there is always someone there to help.  I have made many lifelong friends which include racers from across the water."

Maeve, who is a member of Down Autograss Racing Club, said however it would be great to see more women in the sport and says it offers a totally different experience for people.

She added: "It would be great to see more women in the sport. It is great to see the look on men’s faces when they realise they have been beaten by a woman. But it does require a particular set of skills.

"You need to be determined, not be afraid of hard work and love speed. It requires a lot of thinking because competitors must be able to pass someone without hitting them which is a lot harder than you would think on a small oval track.

"You have to always work for this form of racing, endless nights in the garage and I even had to join a gym to build up my strength so I could steer my class five."

But the hard work is clearly paying off for this quality control officer as she currently is the Down Autograss Men's Class 5 Champion 2014.

Maeve said: "There are no women racing in our club so I have to compete with the men. This year is my 12th year competing. I have raced every year which has allowed me to progress through different classes. It is great fun and I would love to see more females joining us."

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