Professional racing driver and 3 Day Eventer Liz Halliday will link up with the Porsche Human Performance Centre in 2009 as their Silverstone-based experts provide her with physical training assistance during another season in the two highly-competitive sporting disciplines.
Halliday is the most successful female driver ever in American Le Mans Series history and a regular at the Le Mans 24 Hours, where she was the only female competitor in 2006 and 2007. She is also an international-standard eventer and will contest CCI and CIC events throughout Europe in 2009.
Her physical training and preparation requirements require a bespoke-programme to cope with the demands of two very different sporting challenges and the Porsche Human Performance centre is ideally equipped to assist.
Based at Silverstone, PHP provides advice, exercise and nutritional plans to provide structure and motivation to achieve each individual’s goals. Their services are delivered by experts with a rare combination of academic qualifications in science and coaching, experience working at the highest level in motorsport and competitive backgrounds as elite athletes
Halliday said: “I’m delighted to be working with the Porsche Human Performance centre this year. My training needs are very specific due to the nature of my dual career and the experts at Porsche are ideally qualified to help me gain that extra edge.
“I’ve already visited their headquarters at Silverstone and was hugely impressed by their facilities and the team of people working there. I’m looking forward to a very positive relationship this year.”
Andy Blow, Director of Votwo who run the programme for Porsche, said: “The Porsche Human Performance Centre, Silverstone will be assisting Liz Halliday with her physical training and preparation for her gruelling competitive racing and eventing schedule in 2009. Liz will be working with the team there on everything from fitness assessments to heat acclimation in their on-site chamber to make sure that she is in the best possible condition to compete in the car or on horseback.”
The California-born, British-based Halliday has already made a fine start to her 3 Day Eventing season with strong results in the prestigious Horse Trials at Barroca d’Alva, Portugal. She is currently working on a race programme and assessing options in the US and Europe, which she hopes will include a fourth appearance at Le Mans in June.
For more details on Liz Halliday, please visit www.lizhalliday.com. To find out more about the Porsche Human Performance Centre, go to http://www.porsche.com/silverstone/en/centre/performancecentre.
photos Janos Schmidt