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Women in Motorsport to gather at Silverstone for International Women's Day

The Motor Sports Association’s Women in Motorsport Group is inviting women that are involved in UK motor sport to convene at Silverstone on Monday March 8th in recognition of International Women’s Day.

 

Motor sport is one of only a very few sporting activities in which male and female compete alongside each other on an equal footing, yet with only 4% of registered licence holders being women, the female sex is hugely under-represented among motor sport drivers.

 

There are, nonetheless, an estimated 100,000 women actively involved in British motor sport, organising events, running clubs and associations, timekeeping, marshalling and fulfilling a host of other support roles without which the sport itself could not continue.

 

To celebrate their importance to motor sport, female competitors, marshals, officials and volunteers are being encouraged to attend a photocall at Silverstone, the home of British motor racing and venue for the British Grand Prix. If possible, drivers should bring their race cars and trophies to the event, while marshals and team members should wear their overalls or team shirts.

 

Sue Sanders, Chairman of the MSA Women in Motorsport Group, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to demonstrate the diverse range of roles that women undertake within the sport at all levels. We believe that motor sport is truly fair and equal but there is plenty of room for more women. We hope that this gathering will celebrate those already involved and stimulate others that may be interested in getting started.”

 

MSA Chief Executive Colin Hilton said: “Motor sport still tends to be seen as a male-dominated activity, but there is nothing stopping women from rising to the very top of the sport. We are seeing a substantial increase in female participation among the junior ranks, especially with the Let’s Go Karting initiative that gives young people a first experience of karting for just £5. Similarly, the Go Motorsport message that we are taking to schools across the country is aimed equally at girls and boys.


“One of our best female role models at the moment is Sarah Moore, who last year claimed the Ginetta Junior Championship title at the age of 15. I am sure she will go on to even greater heights in the future and in doing so will help to inspire a new generation of female racing drivers.”

 

Details of the event are as follows:

From 11am – all parties convene at Silverstone in the car park next to the Paddock Diner

12 noon – cars moved into position on start/finish straight

12.20pm – final call for participants

12.30pm – photo call

12.40pm – event ends, cars moved from circuit

 

Anyone interested in attending is requested to advise media@msauk.org

 

 

Editor’s notes:

 

International Women’s Day is a day of global celebration for the achievements of women, and has been recognised as such since the early 20th Century. Thousands of events are held across the globe annually to mark the occasion, which is a national holiday in many countries.

 

The Motor Sports Association (MSA) is the national governing body for four-wheel motor sport in the UK, responsible for the regulation and administration of the sport. The MSA is a member of the world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and holds a seat on the World Motor Sport Council. The MSA represents 33,000 licence holders, 15,000 volunteer marshals and officials, more than 750 member clubs and issues permits for 5,000 motor sport events every year.

 

In recent years the MSA has expanded its remit to cover the development of the sport and currently invests in excess of £1m a year in the three elements of its Whole Sport Plan. ‘Grow’ targets an increase in participation levels, ‘Sustain’ invests in the infrastructure of the sport, its clubs and its people, and ‘Excel’ focuses on training future world champions and educating their peers.

 

Release MSA10-018: 24 February 2010

 

For media information only. No regulatory value.