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WIM – TWO ALL-FEMALE CREW AT THE START OF THE 24 HOURS OF LE MANS 2020-Autopresse.eu

WIM – TWO ALL-FEMALE CREW AT THE START OF THE 24 HOURS OF LE MANS 2020-Autopresse.eu

WIM – TWO ALL-FEMALE CREW AT THE START OF THE 24 HOURS OF LE MANS 2020

2020-09-15 15:46:00

This weekend, two all-female crews will line up for the world’s most well-known endurance race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans (19-20 September). Six FIA Ladies in Motorsport Fee-supported drivers – competing with the Richard Mille Racing Group and Iron Lynx within the Iron Dames undertaking – have secured coveted locations on the 60-car grid for the 88th version of the race, the primary time because the mid-1970s that a couple of feminine crew has been on the beginning line.

This weekend, two all-female crews will line up for the world’s most well-known endurance race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans (19-20 September). Six FIA Ladies in Motorsport Fee-supported drivers – competing with the Richard Mille Racing Group and Iron Lynx within the Iron Dames undertaking – have secured coveted locations on the 60-car grid for the 88th version of the race, the primary time because the mid-1970s that a couple of feminine crew has been on the beginning line.
 
The Richard Mille Racing Group is ready to subject the primary all-female LMP2 crew in Le Mans historical past. Tatiana Calderón, Sophia Flörsch and Beitske Visser will probably be on the helm of the #50 Oreca 07, Gibson-powered race automotive run by Philippe Sinault’s Signatech group, the reigning FIA WEC LMP2 Champion.
 
In preparation for Le Mans, the group – headed by Britain’s Katherine Legge – has been competing on this 12 months’s European Le Mans Sequence. Nonetheless, following a testing accident at Le Castellet, Katherine has quickly been compelled on to the side-lines as she continues her recuperation.
 
“I’m actually disillusioned I received’t have the ability to drive this 12 months, however I really feel we made the best resolution collectively as a group and with the docs,” she mentioned. “I’m strolling now – which I’ll by no means take as a right once more – albeit slowly and nonetheless with ache. I’m cleared to drive, however repeated stints over 24 hours may do extra hurt than good to my restoration and put pointless stress on the group. They’ve been cheering me on via my restoration, simply as I will probably be cheering them on for the large race! I can’t wait to get again within the automotive.”
 
The group’s dedication to supporting this ladies in motor sport programme has been unwavering and has subsequently allowed Beitske to hitch Tatiana and Sophia for his or her debut in ELMS and the legendary Le Mans.
 
“I’m very excited and grateful for this unbelievable alternative,” mentioned Tatiana, who has already claimed two prime six finishes on this 12 months’s ELMS races. “To do Le Mans is a dream for each driver and to have the ability to do it representing Richard Mille and the FIA Ladies in Motorsport Fee is a big honour.

 
“We’ve got been making ready in ELMS, however Le Mans would be the first time the three of us will race collectively, and it’ll be very intense, an enormous problem: three rookie drivers in a really condensed schedule with out the same old earlier take a look at,” she added. “I feel we’re all beginning to perceive how the endurance races work, how you could strategy them as a group whereas sharing a automotive. The one unhappy half is we received’t get the complete Le Mans expertise with out the followers being there, however I hope they’ll cheer us from house. We’re prepared for the problem.”

 
Among the many 22 LMGTE Am entries, the Iron Dames – a novel undertaking conceived and supported by Deborah Mayer, a passionate French driver and promoter of girls in motor sport – will probably be run by Iron Lynx, additionally regulars within the ELMS.
 
The #85 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo will probably be within the arms of Rahel Frey, Michelle Gatting and Manuela Gostner and the trio are confirmed podium finishers, having claimed two third positions within the class from the three occasions run thus far throughout this 12 months’s ELMS. In 2019, they have been the primary all-female crew in 10 years to compete on the Circuit de la Sarthe and completed ninth of their class. Now into their second ELMS season collectively, and having gained essential expertise of competing at Le Mans, the trio are focussed on capitalising on their data and understanding of this legendary race.
 
“There must be little question that we undoubtedly arrive at Le Mans with way more expertise as a group and drivers. This helps us to give attention to the race as all of us have an thought of what we’re up towards,” mentioned Michelle Gatting. “We had a robust begin to the ELMS season with two podiums thus far and we’re aiming for podiums once more in Monza and Portimão. Concerning the end result for Le Mans, I feel we should always purpose for a prime 10, the sphere is massive with 22 vehicles and a number of sturdy rivals.”
 
Speaking of the problem forward, Michèle Mouton, President of the FIA Ladies in Motorsport Fee and winner of the Prototype 2L class on the 1975 Le Mans, mentioned: “Le Mans could be very particular and to have two feminine crews on the beginning line is unbelievable. It’s a actual step ahead and proof that our prime ladies drivers have their place inside skilled groups. Tatiana, Sophia and Beitske are on a steep studying curve in endurance racing, however they’ve had some actually constructive races thus far this season and their motivation to enhance lap by lap is excessive. Of their second season in GTE, Michelle, Rahel and Manuela have proven they’re able to podium finishes and I do know they are going to be pushing even tougher now they’ve the expertise of a Le Mans race behind them. There isn’t a underestimating how robust the problem will probably be, however all six drivers are effectively ready and have nice groups behind them; we want all of them a protected and profitable race.” 
 
The 60 rivals will line up on the grid for the beginning of the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans at 14:30 hrs CET on Saturday 19 September.
 
The FIA Ladies in Motorsport social media channels will probably be following each groups, in addition to main figures within the sport, throughout this week’s build-up to the race. You’ll want to comply with @fiawim to be a part of a novel perception into Le Mans and its ladies in motor sport.
 
The Richard Mille Racing Group drivers may even be our unique friends stay from Le Mans on Wednesday 16 September at 18:00 hrs CET. Forward of their remaining preparations for the best race of their lives, Tatiana, Sophia and Beitske – in addition to Katherine – will be a part of our Fb Reside ‘FIA Ladies on Observe – Digital Expertise’ on www.facebook.com/FIAWomenInMotorsport/live/. Be certain that to arrange a reminder, and the stay chat will probably be additionally accessible to hearken to in French, Arabic and Spanish.

 

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