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When I decided to hang up my helmet I also decided I wanted to give something back. I called Rob Jones at the MSA who immediately had the same enthusiasm and passion. We very quickly put a great team together and Dare to be Different was born.
Our sport is performance based so gender is irrelevant. The opportunities are out there and with Dare to be Different we want to inspire and drive female talent to make sure in the long term our sport is more diverse.
PROFESSION: Deputy Team Principal of Williams F1 Racing Team
“I had no option but to dare to be different really! Sometimes life throws you a curve ball, or in my case an amazing opportunity to lead a world renowned racing team, and I had no hesitation whatsoever. Who cares whether I’m the boss’ daughter, or a girl? I have to do what I have to do and that is turn this team around, and I enjoy it immeasurably.
Being different just makes any ensuing accomplishments more satisfying. My philosophy has always been to do and achieve that which people least expect from me and prove the doubters wrong – that’s the ultimate prize.”
My Life in Six Words: Hectic, but what an amazing privilege.
PROFESSION: Sky Sports News and Sky Sports F1 presenter
Rachel is a broadcast journalist for television, radio and online programming.
She began her career by winning a search for a DJ competition on KISS in London. After a successful career in radio she transferred her skills to TV and now works for Sky Sports as a Formula One and Cricket Specialist.
Quote: “I always dared to be different and I am proud that I became the first woman to present live Cricket updates from the boundary edge, and to host the Post Race FIA Formula…”
PROFESSION: Senior Strategy Engineer at Sauber
Ruth works as Senior Strategy Engineer at Sauber F1 and is undoubtedly a leading talent in her field and someone who will inspire the next generation of female motor sport talent.
Ruth has worked as a Race Strategist at Haas and Ferrari over the last few years and joins a growing number of high profile women who are supporting Dare To Be Different. She will stand alongside founder Susie Wolff and fellow ambassadors Claire Williams, Rachel Brookes and Alice Powell to showcase the wide variety of opportunities available to women in our sport.
Quote: “It’s a privilege to be an Ambassador for Dare to be Different. It’s so important that we fight the archaic stereotype that women and motor sport “don’t go together” to prevent misinformation and dogma prescribing a subset of career choices for girls. I’m proud to be a part of an initiative that will showcase the fantastic opportunities available within Motorsport; where what counts is what you can do- not what gender you are.”
PROFESSION: Racing Driver
Tatiana was born in Colombia in 1993. Her competitiveness led her into the sports world trying soccer, tennis and horse riding amongst other sports. However she didn’t find her true passion until she drove a go kart for the first time. She started racing at the age of 9, when she was finally able to convince her parents to buy her a racing kart. Since then her life has been surrounded by engines. With the unconditional support from her family, Tatiana embarked on a career even before finishing school. She was national champion in karting and years later, in touring cars.
Her wins allowed her to take a step forward and she started to compete abroad, becoming the first ever female Champion in the Stars of Karting East division in de EEUU. After racing in Europe and representing Colombia in three World championships, Tatiana decided to compete in single seaters. Her first steps were in the Star Mazda, two levels below the Indy Car Series and it didn’t take long for her to step onto the podium, finishing 6th in the championship in her second year.
She returned to Europe to race in Formula 3 among other different championships including the Euroformula Open, FIA F3 and the British F3, where she became the first woman on the podium in the international class.
In 2016 she moved closer to the pinnacle of motorsport competing in the GP3 Series becoming the most successful woman in the Series finishing in the top 10 on three occasions.
Today her dream is closer then ever before, as she joins Sauber F1 Team as a development driver.
Quote: “It’s an honor to be named as a Dare to be Different Ambassador. I want to be able to share my experiences to help the next generation. Motorsport is one of the only sports where we can compete on equal terms against men and I’m really glad to be part of an organization that promotes, inspires and connects those who have found their passion in the sport. There are no barriers, life is about chasing your dreams. ”
PROFESSION: Racing Driver
Alice started karting when she was eight years old and has been a motorsport fan all her life. At 23 years old, she has had a host of standout career highlights, which include becoming the first ever female to win a Formula Renault Championship, by winning the Formula Renault BARC Championship.
She was the first female to get in the points in the GP3 Series and in 2014, she was Champion in the Formula Renault Asia Championship.
Alice is a well-known driver coach in motorsport and helps up and coming young female drivers (and male!!). Alice will be supporting and helping to develop young female talent in karting within her role as a Dare to be Different Ambassador.
Quote: “Motorsport is a male dominated sport and I have witnessed girls turn away from it because of this. I would have not had the most incredible experiences if I did not dare to be different. I always believe that you should aim high and always try and better yourself. Sometimes to do that, you need to be different.”
PROFESSION: Club Racer
Nathalie only started racing in May of 2015 but her story is fairly unique. Nathalie is completely paralysed from the chest down having broken her neck in a car crash when she was 16. She is the first female with a spinal injury in the UK to be granted her race licence and the first female quadriplegic to go racing in the world. Nathalie is not shy of entering into male dominated sporting areas, in fact she revels in it!
Quote: “I caught the racing bug at 23 when I bought my first 911 and I’ve been tracking cars ever since. I have always dared to be different with male dominated sports but last year I needed a new challenge and racing was it! It was a difficult journey to get my race licence but I’m a strong believer that if you want something badly enough, you’ll find a way to achieve it.”
PROFESSION: Specialist Race Marshal
I’ve always loved motorsport, and after my stint as a 2012 Olympic Ambassador, I looked to fill the gap left in my life. I had frequently thought about marshalling, but thought that it was very difficult to get into, and approaching my 60th birthday (now or never!) thought I may be considered too old.
I’d recently retired from my job in Defence Diplomacy, living and working in the Caribbean, so had plenty of free time. Rather than settling down to the more traditional retirement pastimes, I decided to definitely dare to be different, and found a wonderful new life, meeting people from around the world, joining a whole new family.
Quote: “I Dared to be Different…by seeing retirement as the start of a brand new life in the male-dominated motorsport world, and it’s taken me on a journey I could never have dreamed possible.”
After deciding that motorsport was the career she wanted, she gave up her job and moved away from home to work for a small independent team running a car in one of the BTCC support races. It allowed her to learn many different aspects of working in a race team and gave her on the job mechanical training. This then led to a full time job in the BTCC, followed by eight years working for Prodrive with the Subaru World Rally Team.
Although now working full-time at Tuthill Porsche, in 2010 she returned to the BTCC as event technician and spent five years with Triple Eight, winning the independents trophy in 2011 and the manufacturers title in 2014 for MG. In 2015, she joined Power Maxed Racing in the same role, and continues with them for the 2017 season with the new Vauxhall BTCC programme.
Quote: “In 1995 I was watching the Donington Park stage of the Network Q RAC rally with a group of friends. As Colin McRae flew past in his Subaru Impreza, I remember thinking, this is what I want to do. I said to my friends: I am going to do this for a job, I’m going to work on rally cars.”
PROFESSION: Systems Engineer
I have been working as a Trackside Systems Engineer with a Formula 1 Team. It is hard to believe that 7 years ago, i was watching Formula 1 on TV and wishing that i could be there. I had no experience in Engineering or with cars and decided at 20 years old to make a huge career change from my insurance office job and went back to college to do a Diploma in Motorsport. This enabled me to enrol on an Engineering degree which i finished last year and following my work experience in Formula 3 and British Touring Car as a Data Engineer, managed to get the job I have now and i haven’t looked back since.
If I was to give advice to anyone looking to get in the industry it would be to get work experience. Get in contact with teams and ask to work for free. Experience and contacts in Motorsport and Engineering is invaluable! It has certainly got me to where i am now. Start at the bottom and work hard to work your way up.
Being a female in Motorsport isn’t easy. When i first heard about the Dare to be Different initiative i was so excited to be apart of it, this is exactly what the industry needs to raise awareness that it is possible for females to reach their goals in such male dominated professions.
There are also some serious misconceptions that need to be addressed, not just within the profession but on a wider scale and D2BD is just what is needed. Let’s give girls young and old the confidence and support to achieve what they want to achieve. Its never too late to work towards your dream. But let’s also address the problem – why do females need to be more confident and assertive than their male counter parts to get where they want to be? Why do they need to prove themselves more? By addressing both, we can help create changes in thinking that would lead to the stereotypes experienced today being eradicated.
Quote: “Why have I dared to be different? My mother brought me up on her own, so I have always had the ethos that a female can do anything a male could. I’ve never seen myself as different, just going through life the way I want to, and not letting what other people think, get in my way.”
PROFESSION: Chief Medical Officer
Her day job is being a doctor, however at the weekends she is able to combine her love of motor racing and medicine by working as a medical officer at circuits all over the UK.
She always had a keen interest in motorsport and was introduced to it by her parents when she was young, as they both used to be marshals around the country in the 1960’s. Many a weekend was spent watching Formula One and ultimately she dreamt of being able to pursue her ideal of being a doctor at motor racing.
She went to Medical School in Prague in the Czech Republic and graduated in 2007. Since then she has continued her training in the South of England in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, challenging but ultimately rewarding specialties.
She got involved in motorsport medicine shortly after graduation through a chance discussion with a colleague who kindly let her tag along. Since then she has continued her development in this field and work as Chief Medical Officer at Brands Hatch, along with weekends at Silverstone, Thruxton, Goodwood, CarFest and the Race of Champions.
Quote: “I dared to be different as I combine my passion for motorsport and vocation of medicine in a role traditionally male dominated, and I love every second of it!”
DR KATHRYN RICHARDS
PROFESSION: Wind Tunnel Test Technician at MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team
I first became interested in Formula 1 back in the early 1990’s but at that time I wanted to be an airline pilot. During my early years at college studying aerodynamics I discovered that you could put a Formula 1 car in a wind tunnel. My fate was sealed. I went on the complete a degree in Aerospace Engineering and obtained a PhD in Vehicle Aerodynamics. After this I worked Northern Germany for a few years at the University of Hamburg looking at wind flow around heated buildings. Although in a different discipline, namely environmental aerodynamics, it was an invaluable experience working in different wind tunnel and it gave me huge confidence and self-belief. On my return I took up my current position and have never looked back.
I have been with the team nearly 12 years and have been privileged enough to have won four World Championships in that time; once when the team was Brawn GP in 2009 and three times as the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team, 2014, 2015 and 2016. It is something very special to be a part of such success and to know that through your hard work you have made a contribution to that success.
For the majority of my studies and working life I have been in a male-dominated environment. At times I have found it challenging and a struggle but always knew my end goal and that if I worked hard enough, with enough passion I would get there in the end, and now I am lucky enough to say that I have my dream job.
Quote: “I dare to be different because I see going to work as an absolute pleasure and privilege and not a chore. I love my job and want to share my experiences with the younger generation.”
PROFESSION: Television presenter and journalist
Louise Goodman is an award-winning television presenter and journalist with over 20 years of motorsport and media experience. She began her working life in the sport as a Press Officer and was Head of Communications for the Jordan GP team before making her TV debut in 1997.
Louise became the first female face of F1 in the UK when she joined luminaries Murray Walker and Martin Brundle as part of ITV’s Grand Prix presentation team.
She was the first woman ever to take part in an F1 pit-stop at the 2006 British GP and has also competed in numerous rallies and races. Louise is currently co-presenting ITV’s live coverage of the British Touring Car Championship alongside running her own media training company.
Quote: “You could virtually count the number of women working in the F1 paddock on the fingers of one hand when I first started out in the sport. Thankfully that’s changed a lot over the years but the myth that ‘motorsport is for boys’ still pervades. I love that D2BD is working to dispel that myth and helping people to see the brilliant and wide-ranging opportunities that are available for girls in our sport.”
PROFESSION: Motorsport consultant and PHD Researcher
Cristiana has over 20 years’ experience in Motorsport. She graduated in engineering at Universita’ degli Studi in Bologna, Italy, and completed an MSc in Motorsport Engineering and Management at Cranfield University, where she currently sits on the advisory board.
Cristiana has worked as a scrutineer, technical assistant, technical delegate and performance engineer. Cristiana was the first woman to work trackside alongside the FIA technical department in F1 as data analysist (2004-2009). From 2009 to 2015 she worked as a Research Consultant position for the FIA Institute for Motorsport Sustainability and Safety.
In 2012 Cristiana focused on technology transfer and innovation, joining Williams Advanced Engineering. During those years at Williams she worked closely with the F1 management Team, winning multimillion pounds projects including the supply of batteries to the FIA Formula E Championship.
In 2015 Cristiana started a PhD in Business and Strategic Management at Coventry University, exploring disruptive technologies in Motorsport. In 2016 she acted as senior research consultant for the FIA Safety Department. She led the writing of the short to medium term roadmap for the deployment of safety device into motorsport.
Cristiana was appointed member of Club di Londra in 2010, a club affiliate to the Italian Chamber of commerce in London. She is a STEMNET ambassador and a member of the IMechE from which she has obtained the title of CEng.
Quote: “I am delighted to have been asked to become an ambassador for the Dare to be Different program. Having helped D2BD at some events last year, I have witnessed the power of this initiative. Offering girls, aged 8-11yrs, a taste of Motorsport and karting but also, and equally importantly, of STEM subjects, nutrition, fitness and communication, is so important. It’s exciting and rewarding to be able to give something back to these girls, and I am honoured to join this impressive list of ambassadors, some of which I have worked alongside during my career in Motorsport.”
PROFESSION: Motorcycle Racer
Maria Costello is probably the most prominent woman in motorcycle road racing and the only female motorcycle racer ever to be awarded an MBE. She has achieved unrivalled success in a high-risk world, competing on equal terms with men in a sport renowned as the ultimate test for competitor and machine.
Maria was the first women ever to claim a podium finish in a race around the notorious Isle of Mann TT course – often described as the world’s most dangerous race track – but that’s just one of many accolades she has garnered in a career spanning 20 years (a feat itself!)
The 2016 race season has proved to be one of her best, securing the female lap record at the Vauxhall International Northwest 200, her best ever finish, so far, of 12th place in the Isle of Man Lightweight TT race and a podium alongside her hero and 23 times TT winner, John McGuinness in the Isle of Man Senior Classic TT.
Throughout that time, she has shown remarkable resilience and determination in the male dominated world of motorcycle racing, overcoming astonishing injuries – including 24 broken bones – to gain multiple podium finished in real road racing.
Never satisfied with confining her success to the track however, she breaks boundaries to pace the way for more women racers and motorcyclists alike. In 2013 she founded ‘Woman on a Motorcycle’ a community space where like-minded ladies can share experiences and ideas. Her pioneering ‘woman only’ track days have also gone from strength to strength; starting with just 11 riders, she now runs event for up to 70 riders at the world renowned circuits including Donnington Park and Silverstone. In 2016 she was also appointed by BMW Motorrad UK to front their nationwide initiative supporting women riders.
Her undeniable uniqueness, the fact that she’s a woman challenging gender stereotyping and succeeding in a male-dominated area, also attracts elusive and highly sort after coverage from all forms of media: lifestyle, tabloid & broadsheet newspapers, TV, radio and online media. Her talents, achievements and extraordinary story have made her a popular Keynote and motivational speaker too.
PROFESSION: Motorbike Rider
Jenny Tinmouth is currently the most successful and well known British female motorcycle racer, she is the first and only female to race in the British Superbike Championship, the first to race for a factory team and she holds the female lap record around the famous Isle of Man TT course with a 119.945mph average speed, Jenny is proud to hold Guinness world records for both of these achievements, along with many other accolades.
Jenny has won many races and had many podiums during her career, in 2004 she became the first female to lead and score points in a British Championship Race. She was the first female to race a British Superbike back in 2007 with a guest ride for Rizla Suzuki. She was the first female to win a British Championship race with a win at Silverstone in the British Supersport Cup Championship and eventually she finished 3rd in the Championship overall that year again as the only female in the class. She also won the first ever TTXGP electric bike racing Championship in 2010 racing for team Agni and became the first British female to race in a World Supersport Championship race at Silverstone, competing on her own bike.
In 2009 Jenny competed at the Isle of Man TT for the first time and broke the female lap record as a newcomer and privateer with a lap at an average of 116.8mph, for which she was given a Guinness World record, she was also awarded the Susan Jenness Trophy for the most meritorious performance by a female competitor and was given the Most Meritorious Solo Newcomer Award.
Jenny returned in 2010 and beat her own record upping it to a 119.945mph in the senior TT race aboard her Honda CBR1000RR and received another Guinness World record for this and was awarded the Susan Jenness Trophy once again.
In 2015 after running herself as a privateer in the British Superbike Championship for 3 years jenny was signed up by the Factory Honda Racing Team for two years, this was the dream team Jenny had always admired and the realisation of her dream to race for Honda Racing.
Lee McKenzie is a highly respected broadcast journalist and presenter who has covered some of the biggest news and sports events of recent times. She is best known for her work in Formula One, presenting and interviewing the drivers for Channel 4 and previously BBC TV. As well as F1, Lee covers the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Wimbledon, 6 Nations Rugby and Olympia for BBC as well as the Paralympics for Channel 4.
Lee started her career as a written journalist at the age of 15 before joining Border TV as a trainee. Lee also holds the distinction of being the youngest person in the UK to present the news having made her anchoring debut on Border TV at the age of 22 after just 12 months with the station.
PROFESSION: BBC F1 Presenter/Pit Lane Reporter
Jennie Gow is a journalist, broadcaster and event host who broke into the world of Formula One motor racing in 2010 and has since become renowned as one of the sport’s foremost media professionals. She presents and reports on F1 for both the BBC and ESPN. She is often faced with the challenge of interviewing Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso in the wake of their latest triumph – or disaster.
She has previously been the lead presenter for ITV’s Formula E Championship in its inaugural seasons and also the BBC’s MotoGP coverage. Aside from motorsport Jennie has also presented The Friday Sports Panel, Superleague Netball, The London Marathon, World Cup Rowing, T20 World Cup Cricket, The FA Women’s Cup Final and she is a regular pundit (and show winner) on BBC Radio 5 Live’s ‘Fighting Talk’.
Jennie was nominated for the SJA’s ‘Best Radio Documentary of the Year’ for her work on the BBC’s James Hunt special and last year she won great acclaim for originating, producing and presenting the grid girls documentary on BBC Radio, which started the debate on the subject.
Quote: “I’m delighted to have been asked to be an ambassador for D2BD. I believe that together we are stronger and although there are more women in the paddock than ever before, there is still a long way to go until roles like engineers and mechanics are as well represented as those of Press Officers and F1 reporters. I hope I can inspire people and help to make this sport we all love more diverse.”
PROFESSION: Presenter / reporter for Sky Sports
I worked as pit lane reporter for BBC radio Five Live in 2011 before moving over to do the same role for Sky F1 from 2012 until now.
With two young children I juggle the European races with mum duties and cover other sports for Sky.
Aside from Sport I have also fronted two documentaries about the effects of institutionalisation on children, and work for Hope and Homes for Children getting kids out of orphanages and in to loving families.
Quote: “I am determined and passionate about getting more women in to Formula 1. We need to continue to work on the perception that it is a man’s world. Nothing physically precludes a woman from driving an F1 Car so I hope by the time my baby daughter is a teenager will have a number of women racing in this great sport. ”
PROFESSION: Mercedes -AMG Petronas Motorsport and FOM Presenter/Reporter
Rosanna Tennant has worked as a Broadcast Journalist in Motorsport since 2013. After weeks and weeks of work experience in different newsrooms, she finally started her presenting career as the host of Youtube’s Motorsport Channel, Pole Position, covering everything from Formula 1 to lawnmower racing! Rosanna now works with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport to create and present videos about the World Championship winning team and she also hosts Formula 1’s digital and on-event broadcasts at the races.
When Rosanna is not trackside she hosts events and conferences for global brands and initiatives such as F1 in Schools and Land Rover 4x4 in Schools.
She first started working with Dare to Be Different in 2017 and has loved helping the girls develop their interviewing skills and confidence.
Quote: “Dare to be Different really strikes a chord with me; every child must feel that with hard work and perseverance they can achieve their ambition, whatever that might be. It’s strange that in this day and age, as a 6ft1 female, some opportunities in this industry have appeared to be out of reach. I want to prove that theory wrong and help to show other girls just like me that whatever your sex, age or size you can pursue your ambition and do what you enjoy.”
PROFESSION: Team Owner Erebus Motorsport – Supercars Australia
Betty Klimenko broke the mould when she entered the Supercars Championship in 2013. All tattoos, black boots, and bleached hair, Betty was conceived in a Kings cross jail cell and orphaned at seven weeks of age.
The popular motorsport matriarch has since set a new standard for accessibility, providing glimpses of behind-the-scenes action to her fans. A shake-up at the beginning of 2016 saw Betty surrounded by new drivers, race cars, and many new faces when she moved her team from Queensland to Victoria. Fast forward 18-months and she not only conquered the Mountain, but every powerhouse garage further up pit lane.
Bathurst is just the latest chapter in Betty’s incredible life story, and with a long-term plan for her team, the sole female Team Owner vows she won’t give up on taking the fight to the bigger teams.
Quote: “It is a pleasure to be part of Dare To Be Different,” Klimenko said. “So many people ask what it is like to be a woman in motorsport, and I don’t see myself differently to any male. “I was the first female team owner to enter the sport off my own bat, the first one to win Bathurst; just because I’m the first doesn’t mean I should be the last. “I think it’s important young girls understand they can make an impact in a male dominated industry. “People are defined by their ability to do the job not what sex they are.”
PROFESSION: Professional Rally Car Driver
Subaru do Motorsport team driver Molly Taylor became the first female and youngest winner of the Australian Rally Championship in 2016.
Growing up in a motorsport family, an interest in rallying was inevitable, with Molly’s mother Coral a four-time Australian Rally Champion co-driver. However, it wasn’t until a later age, working at her father Mark rally school in the holidays that Molly tried driving a rally car herself.
She won the F16 class in the Australian Rally Championship in 2006, backing the victory up again in 2007.
Following that, Molly moved overseas at age 20 with very little money or resources to follow her dream to become a professional rally driver.
Supported by the Australian Motor Sport Foundation’s International Rising Star program, she won three of the six events she contested in the 2009 Suzuki Swift Sport Cup, also becoming the British Ladies rally champion in the process. She took that title again in 2010 along with finished 3rd in the Citroen Racing Trophy.
In 2011 she was selected as one of six drivers globally to be part of the Pirelli Star Driver Program, giving her a scholarship to compete in the World Rally Championship Academy, where she took out her maiden stage win in the category.
In 2013 Molly competed in the European Rally Championship, where she won the European Ladies Championship and her results also elevated her to World Rally Rankings Number 1 International Female Rally Driver. In 2014 Molly took on four rounds of the Junior World Rally Championship. She also became the first female to achieve a podium position in the Junior WRC’s history, finishing third in the prestigious Rally Finland.
In 2015 Molly became the first female to win a round of the Australian Rally Championship and finished second overall in the series. In 2016 she went one better, winning the Championship as part of the Subaru do Motorsport team. Molly’s achievements that year also included winning one of the most prestigious awards in Australian motorsport, the Peter Brock Medal, named in honour of the late touring car legend.
Quote: “It’s both an honour and very exciting to be part of Dare to be Different. There’s a whole world of opportunities in motorsport, and how far you take it ultimately comes down to your desire and work ethic, not gender. To be able to help other girls experience the thrill of the sport and share that same passion is something pretty special.”
PROFESSION: Performance & Data Engineer at Red Bull Holden Racing Team (Supercars – Australia)
I was always good in maths and physics but didn’t dare to jump into the engineering world first. I didn’t know what to expect from engineering, what possibilities are out there or if I can succeed in this “man’s world”. One Sunday afternoon I was watching F1 at home on the TV. I saw the engineers in their work environment and knew I want to be part of that world.
After graduating in Automotive Engineering from Esslingen University of Applied Science in Germany I started working as a data engineer with the Mercedes DTM Team at HWA in 2010.
In 2015 I decided I want to see what motorsport is like on the other side of the world and packed my bags when I got a job with Red Bull Holden Racing Team in Australia. Since then we won two Driver’s Championships. It is very rewarding to know that through my work I made contribution to this success. It is not always easy working in a male dominated environment, but having a goal always helped me to achieve what I wanted.
Quote: “Being an ambassador for D2BD I hope we can show girls from young age that there are amazing women in this motorsport world. It’s about opening doors and showing them that they have all the support they need if they dare to be different. I wish someone would have showed me earlier how cool it is to be an engineer. I’m proud that I can the support younger generation with this program.”
Simona De Silvestro
PROFESSION: Professional Race Car Driver – Supercars Australia and Test Driver Venturi Formula E Team
I caught the racing bug real young. My dad says, as a baby, the only time I was quiet was when racing was on TV. He gave a go-kart demonstration at his car dealership when I was four. I got really excited and wanted to drive, but I couldn’t reach the pedals. I threw a big tantrum and cried, so my dad put me on his knees and drove me around.
A couple of years later, he bought me my own go- kart. That’s how it started. I played other sports growing up, but racing is what I always wanted to do. It’s my happy place.
“Gender doesn’t matter when you’re going 225 km/h into a turn.”
Simona De Silvestro, Professional Race-Car Driver
Quote: “Gender doesn’t matter when you’re going 225 km/h into a turn.”
PROFESSION: Host + Pit reporter Australian Superbikes
Emma’s been in the media industry for almost a decade. Starting as Melbourne’s eye in the sky for channel ten she left to pursue her passion for fast cars and bikes. Her first role in motorsport was with Supercars as their big screen reporter. She then went on to report for various other major events including F1 with the Aus GP team, world time attack and the drift car championship in Sydney.
Currently Emma works for the Australian Superbike Championship as their host and pit reporter.
Quote: “As a true Motorsport fan I’m absolutely thrilled to be an ambassador for DTBD. While I was certainly hesitant taking on my first role, it’s important for women to realise that even though there may be some hurdles working in this male dominated industry, if you are passionate and work hard you can make an impact. These days it’s great to see more and more women playing an active role in front of and behind the camera – but there is always room for more.”
PROFESSION: Fox Sports Australia Host and Journalist
Jessica has been the face of motorsport on Fox Sports for the last decade. She fronts the networks Supercars coverage alongside racing legends Mark Skaife and Russell Ingall. She was the first female recipient of the Supercars Media award in 2016 and has also hosted Fox Sports F1, Motogp and world superbikes coverage.
Quote: “If you want something badly enough you will always find a way”
PROFESSION: Sports Reporter, TV Presenter
Tanja Bauer is an Austrian sports reporter, whose career began at the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) in the year 1995. After six years, she took the chance to work forthe German Pay-TV channel Premiere (now known as Sky Germany), where she went on to become the most famous and only female Formula 1 TV presenter in the German-speaking world. In addition to her work on television, Tanja Bauer regularly works as a columnist for various German newspapers.
Quote: “I was lucky to have the right people by my side when I started working in the Formula 1 scene as a young woman. They helped my tremendously. It’s a real pleasure to now being able to give this blessing to girls through D2BD.”
PROFESSION: Racing Driver
Sophia Flörsch was born in Munich on December 1, 2000 and is an up-and-coming talent in the motor sport scene. She made her first steps into kart racing as a 4-year-old in the year 2005. At the age of 8, she won the title of ADAC champion, one year later, at the age of 9, she triumphed at the Easykart European Championship. She continued with kart racing until the year 2014 and managed to score several top 3 and top 10 positions in national and international races. In 2015, Sophia Flörsch took the step from kart racing to the British Ginetta Junior Championship. She became the youngest racer to ever win two races but left the Championship early – while leading the rookie category and runner-upin the overall ranking – to prepare for Formula 4. In 2016, she became the youngest racer and first woman to ever lead a FIA Formula 4 race and to ever set the fastest lap. Sophia Flörsch was also the first woman to ever finish on the podium. Currently, she is working on her entry into the FIA F3 European Championship.
Quote: “Racing is a fascinating sport in all its facets. If we can achieve to get more girls interested in giving it a try, I have reached one of my goals.”
PROFESSION: Racing Driver, Sports Commentator, Speaker
Ellen Lohr is a legend – the first and so far only female winner of a DTM race! She has already competed with Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Karl Wendlinger and Michael Schumacher and took on the most difficult rally in the world for nine times, the legendary Dakar Rally. Her historic win of the DTM race at the Hockenheimring on May 24, 1992, the Grande Dame of motor sportsprooved once and for all that women absolutely have the skills to win in this male-dominated industry. Ellen Lohr has been an active part of the motor racing world for 25 years now and is one of the most famous and successful female drivers in the world. As a talented and often-booked speaker, she also is an experienced sports commentator during DTM races for the German broadcaster ARD.
Quote: “First and for all it has always been about the races on the track, but I am fascinated by the whole package: technology, strategy, marketing and mechanisms. That’s why I’m very much looking forward to introduce this knowledge to many young girls as an ambassador for Dare to be Different.”
PROFESSION: Racing Driver
Jamie Chadwick is a record-breaking racing driver from Gloucestershire, UK.
She started in karts at the age of 11 after following her brother into the sport. A competitive nature combined with natural talent saw her progress into car racing after winning the Ginetta Junior Scholarship in 2013, beating 60 other young finalists from the UK and Europe.
In 2015, aged 16 she moved up to the British GT Championship, driving the Beechdean Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage. In her first year she became the youngest ever driver, and first female, to win a British GT Championship.
Her relationship with Aston Martin remains strong and she regularly drives for the team at various endurance races, including the prestigious Nurburgring 24 Hour.
In 2017, Jamie made the switch to single seater racing with Double R Racing competing in the British Formula 3 Championship. She scored her first podium in only her second outing at Rockingham Motor Speedway on her way to 8th place in the overall standings. She then moved to Douglas Motorsport for the 2018 season, where she secured third place in the wet at Oulton Park and went onto create history with a record making win at Brands Hatch whilst becoming the first ever female winner of a Formula 3 race.
Quote: “It’s fantastic to join the Dare to Be Different family. I’ve followed their work closely for a while now, and encouraging young girls into all aspects of our sport is something very close to my heart. I’m excited to get stuck in at some events and join their overgrowing community!”
PROFESSION: Motorsport Mechanic
I started out in 2015 volunteering my time with the Erebus Ute Programme, just to gain experience and shortly after was offered a full time job, were I would spend the next 3 years completing my apprenticeship. I worked with the GT’s and slowly moved over to the Supercars were I would be gaining all sorts of knowledge from mechanical, to tyres and even fabrication.
2016-2016 Australian GT’s
2016-Current Virgin Australia Supercars
Quote: “It is an absolute pleasure to be a part of the Dare 2 Be Different campaign. I hope that the hardwork of all the current females in this industry paves the way for the future and inspires young females from all around. Everyone is capable, they just need to be allowed to show their potential and that is what this campaign is doing.”
PROFESSION: Commercial operations officer and team co-owner
I’m fortunate enough to have grown up around motorsport, it’s in my blood – my father is the co-founder and majority owner of the Australian Supercars Championship’s topflight team, Triple Eight Race Engineering, and I’m extremely lucky to be involved with such an incredible group of people and the sport.
My first actual job in a race team was as a mechanic when I was 18. After that I studied journalism at university in England, then returned to Australia and Triple Eight in 2012 where I have since worked as media manager, team coordinator and now commercial officer.In 2015, I became a shareholder of Triple Eight Race Engineering.
Quote: “Motorsport was always a natural path for me, but for so many girls it would have never registered on their radar, let alone been presented as a genuine career choice. I therefore feel a duty to share our sport with the next generation of young women, welcome them in and show them that they can and should be part of this dynamic, fast-paced and adrenaline-packed industry.
As a D2BD ambassador, my goal is to reach as many girls as possible to inspire future talent. And hey, even if they don’t choose a career in the fast lane, motor racing will have found some new fans!”
PROFESSION: British Rally Driver
Catie Munnings is a British rally driver and Peugeot UK brand ambassador currently competing in the European Rally Championship. She began her motorsport career competing at her local motor club in grass autotesting at 14. At just 18 Catie won the Ladies European Rally Championship in her first year in the sport driving a Peugeot 208 R2 with Sainteloc Racing; making her the first Brit to win a European Rally title in 49 years. Catie decided to aim high and go straight to the European Championship which provides the most challenging roads, surface and competition in Europe, with the aim of making fast progress in order to compete in the World Rally Championship. At just 20, Catie has also filmed her own BBC series where she has tested every kind of machine from fighter jets and submarines, to F3 cars and snow groomers! Catie is also an ambassador for the ‘women of the future’ programme, the Sean Edwards foundation for safety in motorsport, IAM Roadsmart and a Gordon Poole motivational speaker. Catie has been working with D2BD since 2016, to encourage and support women in every field of motorsport.
Quote: “Dare To Be Different is an invaluable community for anyone competing in or starting out in motorsport. With ambassadors in every corner of the industry, it has the power to provide invaluable connections and opportunities to anyone trying to further their career. It is something I would have loved to have been involved with at the very beginning of my career – especially with motorsport being a competitive industry that is heavily based on the contacts you have and the experience you can take from them. To give something back to those starting out is really important to me.”
PROFESSION: Racing Driver
Emily’s career started in Series X3 in 2014; she was the first female driver on the grid and was immediately competitive, recording pole positions, race wins, podiums and fastest laps in her first two seasons.
In 2016, her on-track performances and driven attitude landed her an opportunity to drive a V8 Supercar in the Kumho V8 Touring Car Series. While Emily’s efforts to find financial support for the V8 drive were unsuccessful, she would not take no for an answer and used her life savings to fund herself for the first round of championship.
Emily returned to Series X3 for the remainder of 2016. The season was highlighted by victory in her first solo endurance race, in which she came out on top after a fierce, race-long battle.
In 2017, Emily was recognised for her tenacity, resilience and her friendly personality to be nominated as a finalist for the Australian Cosmopolitan Magazine Sports Women of the Year Award.
In 2018 Emily stepped up to the Toyota 86 Series. Although she had the opportunity to sign with an existing team, Emily followed her own instincts and proved herself as a leader by setting up her own team, built her own car, and towed it to each round herself. In her rookie season in the popular and highly competitive series, Emily recorded a best race finish of eighth position.
Quote: “I’ve never wanted to be the first girl, just the first over the finish line.”
“Joining the Dare to be Different family is an honour. I believe humans can do anything, gender has nothing to do with our capabilities. You can see it as a limiting factor or not a factor at all. Coming from a different path into motorsport, I love to encourage girls to chase their dreams regardless of their past, where they come from or who tells them they can’t.”
PROFESSION: Petrolette& Motorsport Reporter (Channel Ten)
Meet Kate Peck or Peck/Peckerino/Pecky as she prefers. Peck’s obsession with motorcycles started in her mid 20s after she moved home to Australia from modelling and studying in NYC. She took off on 3 month motorcycle trip to Africa with her parents and from there it was decided, she would become a Petrolette. After much rejection, she scored the role as Aust F1 GP ambassador, moving onto the Aust Moto GP Ambassador then becoming a VJ at MTV for 5 years before Channel Ten snapped her up and appointed her their roving motorsport reporter on RPM.
Her work at Ten now consists of adventure motorbike riding, track days, rally driving, car racing, flying in jets, stunt driving and the tough gig of interviewing top motorsport athletes such as Molly Taylor, Andrea Dovizioso, Kimi Raikkonen, Toby Price and Mick Doohan while reporting on the Aus F1, AusMotoGP and the Supercars rounds.
In the last little while Peckerino has seen contracts with Victory motorcycles, Harley Davison, Saint CC moto clothing, TAG HEUER, MINI Cooper, BMW Motorrad, Cloudy Bay wine, Mumm Champagne and Red Bull take her across globe. She never knew any of this was possible until she gave it a crack.
Quote: “I never knew any of this was possible until I gave it a crack”.