Fiona had been interested in motorsport since her childhood, influenced by her father Malcolm Leggate who had a 19-year career in saloon car racing.
After competing in showjumping and dressage events she switched her attention from horseriding to horsepower, entering and winning a competition to drive with ex-British Rally Champion Gwyndaff Evans.
This led to her spending 2003 and 2004 contesting various championships, and in July 2004 she set a World Record for the most races contested in one day.
Leggate entered the BTCC in 2005, joining halfway through the season in a Vauxhall Astra Coupe acquired from the championship-winning works team but converted to run on bio-ethanol fuel. She scored 12 points and gained much publicity for envionmentally-friendly fuel.
For 2006 Fiona will once again be racing in the BTCC.