Formula Woman championship launched

A new championship open exclusively to women racing drivers was launched at the AUTOSPORT international show at the NEC in Birmingham

Formula Woman championship launched

The Formula Woman championship will see 16 female drivers race against each other in identical Mazda RX-8 cars. Only drivers who have not previously competed in motorsport will be eligible to enter the series, and the final competitors will be determined by a series of qualifying tests that will be filmed for a television programme.

Grame Glew, chairman of Formula Woman, said at the launch: "Formula Woman is realising one of the ideas that I had a few years ago when I race a racing drivers school. In nearly every other sport around the world there is a platform for women to compete against each other. I'm sure we will attract nation-wide attention as this unique concept becomes reality."

Former Formula 1 driver Mark Blundell will act as a consultant to the championship. He said: "Formula Woman is an amazing opportunity for someone to realise their dream and become a professional racing driver. I'm sure the boy racers will be very envious watching the women racing - I don't know whether I could watch my wife out in a race car as I would be full of so many different emotions - I'd be jealous of her, fearful for her safety and willing her to win."

Anyone interested in the championship can visit the Formula Woman web-site on www.formulawoman.com

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