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W SERIES WOMEN-ONLY RACING ANNOUNCES SHORTLIST OF 55

Date: 2018-11-30



In May 2019, the first ever, women only, racing series will kick off in Europe, it's called the W Series and it's garnered a ton of interest.

This week, the W Series released a shortlist of 55 female racers from all over the world who have entered for a place on the 18 car starting grid. The racers will use the F3 cars and the much-talked-about series will run as a support event to the DTM races.

Unsurprisingly, the list contains a wonderful mixture of drivers, from youngsters to the more experienced but, more importantly, not just from single-seater racing but from a variety of disciplines including GT and endurance driving.

CEO for the W Series, Catherine Bond Muir said, "We are thrilled but perhaps not surprised by the response. Even today there is a massive gender imbalance in motorsport and W Series is making the first step to correct that.

"Drivers from all over the world have stepped forward, so it’s clear that with the right framework we can make the changes this sport desperately needs."

Ex-Formula 1 driver, David Coulthard, added: "We designed W Series specifically to shine a light on female talent right around the world. I can’t wait to be part of the next stage and to see some of that talent in action."

In early 2019, the drivers will be put through their paces at a three and a half day off-track test, including fitness tests, psychometric profiling and, obviously, multiple driving skill tests.

Alex Wurz, also an ex-F1 driver, and W Series Racing Director, Dave Ryan, will join Coulthard on the judging panel. We're looking forward to seeing the final list that will be released after a track test in the 2019 Tatuus T-318 ahead of the season opener in May.

Here's the full list of drivers:

Ayla Agren, 25, Norway

Amna Al Qubaisi,18, UAE

Chelsea Angelo, 22, Australia

Carmen Boix, 23, Spain

Sarah Bovy, 29, Belgium

Toni Breidinger, 19, USA

Ivana Cetinich, 22, South Africa

Jamie Chadwick, 20, UK

Veronika Cicha, 31, Czech Republic

Sabre Cook, 24, USA

Courtney Crone, 17, USA

Natalie Decker, 21, USA

Mira Erda, 18, India

Carlotta Fedeli, 26, Italy

Cassie Gannis, 27, USA

Marta Garcia, 18, Spain

Michelle Gatting, 24, Denmark

Angelique Germann, 27 Germany

Megan Gilkes, 17, Canada

Samin Gomez, 26, Venezuela

Grace Gui, 27, China

Michelle Halder, 19, Germany

Esmee Hawkey, 20, UK

Jessica Hawkins, 23, UK

Shea Holbrook, 28, USA

Carmen Jorda, 30, Spain

Vivien Keszthelyi, 17, Hungary

Emma Kimilainen, 29, Finland

Natalia Kowalska, 28, Poland

Stephane Kox, 24, Netherland

Miki Koyama, 21, Japan

Fabienne Lanz, 32, South Africa

Milla Mäkelä, 25, Finland

Alexandra Marinescu, 18, Romania

Milou Mets, 28, Netherlands

Sheena Monk, 29, USA

Sarah Moore, 25, UK

Marylin Niederhauser, 22, Germany

Tasmin Pepper, 28, South Africa

Vicky Piria, 24, Italy

Taegen Poles, 20, Canada

Alice Powell, 25, UK

Charlotte Poynting, 20, Australia

Naomi Schiff, 24, Belgium

Carrie Schriener, 20, Germany

Sharon Scolari, 23, Switzerland

Doreen Seidel, 33, Germany

Siti Shahkirah, 24, Malaysia

Sneha Sharma, 28, India

Bruna Tomasell, 21, Brazil

Shirley Van Der Lof, 31, Netherlands

Beitske Visser, 23, Netherlands

Fabienne Wohlwend, 21, Lichenstein

Caitlin Wood, 21, Australia

Hanna Zellers, 21, USA

 

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