MSA and D2BD to get Girls on Track
The Motor Sports Association (MSA) and Dare to be Different (D2BD) are teaming up to offer 120 girls the chance to try motorsport free at Silverstone next month (28 October).
The event is part of the FIA’s new Girls on Track initiative, which aims to promote and develop young women in motorsport at grassroots level using karting slalom, an accessible, cost-effective arrive-and drive format.
The UK’s round at Silverstone will see young women aged 13 to 18 set timed laps around a kart track, with three girls being selected to attend the European final at Le Mans next spring. The free karting event aims to raise awareness of gender quality and increase women’s participation in the sport, while also inspiring and encouraging girls off-track via road safety and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) activities.
The Renault Sport Formula One Team pit stop challenge will test collaboration skills as the young women work together to change the wheel on a life-size F1 car in garages used by teams at the F1 British Grand Prix. Reactions will be tested on the F1 in Schools race system, and Tobii Pro will use its eye tracking technology to demonstrate the effects of distraction on road safety.
Dare to be Different ambassadors will be on hand, alongside women working in the industry, to inspire the girls and demonstrate first-hand that a career in engineering is both achievable and desirable.
David Richards, MSA Chairman, said: “Currently only five per cent of MSA competition licence holders are female but we’re committed to redressing the balance, and Girls on Track offers a great opportunity to introduce 120 young women to the sport. We’re pleased to be working with Dare to be Different to remove barriers to entry and inspire the next generation, whether that’s on track or within surrounding STEM activities.”
Susie Wolff, Dare to be Different Co-Founder, said: “Girls on Track provides a vital opportunity to showcase young female talent and not only educate but also inspire the next generation regarding the whole range of motorsport career opportunities available to them. With the incredible support of the MSA, Dare to be Different is widening the doorway for girls and women who want to pursue a future in motor racing and we are looking forward to collaborating with the MSA and the FIA’s Girls on Track initiative at Silverstone. Openly accessible events like these are an essential part of our strategy and go a long way towards helping us to deliver on our shared goal to drive female talent.”
Donna Ibbott, Silverstone Head of Track & Automotive, said: “Silverstone are delighted to be able to support this wonderful initiative. We are committed to protecting the future of motorsport and there is no better way than through education, inspiration and opportunity for future generations to come.”
The MSA is the sole national governing body for four-wheel motor sport in the UK, as recognised by the world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). The MSA is a not-for-profit organisation (limited by guarantee) comprising around 720 affiliated motor clubs, which are represented by 13 Regional Associations nationwide. The MSA represents approximately 30,000 competition licence holders, 10,000 volunteer marshals and 3200 officials, and issues around 5,000 event permits every year.
Dare to be Different is a joint programme between the MSA and Susie Wolff designed to inspire and encourage women into motorsport and STEM careers, through an active online community and networking events.
Girls on Track events take place at key locations throughout Europe and are aimed at identifying future driving talent, whilst also inspiring and encouraging girls into the other areas of the sport via off-track road safety and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) activities. For more information about the FIA Girls on Track initiative visit www.fia.com/theGirlsOnTrack.