Halliday, who combines her two sporting careers as a racing driver and as a three day eventer, had planned to return to the ALMS, where she is the most successful female driver in series history, for the final two races at Road Atlanta and Laguna Seca this month. However, she will instead undergo a final operation next week on the injury she suffered in an eventing accident in July, before concentrating on regaining her fitness for 2008.
“I’m sad not to be finishing the season in the US, but the most important thing is to make sure the injury is healed properly and to prepare for next season” Liz said.
“I’m set to have another operation on October 11th to remove the metal nail which was originally put in to hold the bones of my clavicle together to ensure it healed correctly. That’s a good sign because it means it’s healing well and it certainly feels much better.”
Despite Halliday’s frustrations at her lack of sporting activity during her enforced lay-off, she has still enjoyed a busy few months, something which will continue over the next few weeks.
Liz said: “I’m going to Las Vegas this week to represent my major sponsor iZon Eyewear at the Vision Expo West trade exhibition. I really enjoy these kinds of events and although I’d love to be racing at Road Atlanta, it’s good to be able to have the time to work with iZon at such an important trade fair.
“I’ve also just taken on a brand new young horse which I’ll prepare for competition for next season. His name is Donovan and he flew in from New Zealand this week. It is an exciting project because, although he’s done a little bit of eventing in the past, he is only five-years old and has plenty of learning to do- I’m hoping to compete with him regularly next season and I have big hopes for him in the future!”
With both the motorsport and three day eventing seasons winding down to a close, Halliday will use the winter months to rebuild her physical fitness ahead of announcing her 2008 plans. “I’ll be training really hard over the winter,” she said. “After being so limited as to what I can do during my recuperation, I’m actually really looking forward to getting back into to it, despite the cold and rain!”
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The Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta will be screened LIVE on Motors TV this weekend. Visit www.motorstv.com for listing details.