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CAROLYN SWAN Navigator
Carolyn was born on September 14, 1969, and is the daughter of respected motor racing photographer, the late Roger Swan. She was exposed to motorsport at a very early age and after years of watching racing with her father she entered sealed-odometer rallies as a navigator in 1992. She graduated to national rallies in 1994 and has been a co-driver ever since. Today, she is one of South Africa’s leading female co-drivers.
She joined Team Total in 1998 and has been with the largest privateer Toyota team ever since.
She has won every class in which she has competed (N1, N3, A5 and A6) with the exception of the S2000, and has amassed a total of eight class titles to date.
In 2010, she scored two podium finishes with Team Total driver Jean-Pierre Damseaux in a Toyota RunX in her first season in the top S2000 class, finishing the season seventh overall and second (first South African) in the Privateers’ Championship.
In 2011, she and Damseaux finished 10th and enjoyed three top-five finishes, finishing sixth among the privateers.
In 2012, she joined Elvéne Coetzee (co-driver to Leeroy Poulter) in the factory Toyota Motorsport team to form a unique all-woman navigating partnership. She read the route notes for Johnny Gemmell in a class S2000 Team Castrol Toyota Auris and the pair were contenders for the title right up to the final round of the year, eventually finishing second after two wins and three second places.
Swan and Gemmell campaigned a new Yaris S2000 rally car in 2013 and again finished second in the championship. They were second four times, narrowly missing out on wins in the Toyota Gauteng Dealer Rally and the Toyota Cape Dealer Rally.
In 2014 she partnered with multiple South African National Rally champion Hergen Fekken, who stepped into Gemmell’s car after the latter retired from racing in order to concentrate on his business interests. Swan and Fekken achieved success from the get-go, placing second on their very first event together. The pair ended the season in third place overall.