Formula Woman is back after a 16 year hiatus announcing a new competition open to women of all talents and ages

Formula Woman is back after a 16 year hiatus announcing a new competition open to women of all talents and ages

Nov 25th 2020 – Formula Woman first hit UK ITV screens in 2004, it also ran over 2005 and 2006, and saw 10,000 applications in total, 100 finalists, 16 winners and 1 overall champion every year.

Back again, Formula Woman is open for expressions of interest to any women who think they could be their next racing champion.

The all-new Formula Woman contest will again be a televised competition, to commence in 2021, covid restrictions allowing.

Formula Woman is the brainchild of Graeme Glew, aimed at getting novice women involved in motorsport. Now he feels the moment is absolutely right to re-launch the competition and help more women get into motor racing. It launched the career of Natasha Firman, the 2004 champion, and offered a foot into the sport for many others.

In 2004, 3,500 women were assessed at race tracks across the UK and 100 finalists then took part in a three day boot camp/ shoot out with the top 16 racers going on to compete in the first Formula Woman Championship.

In 2005, the second year, a new Guinness World Record was established for the most female drivers at a single motorsport event – with 62 drivers at Pembrey Circuit in Wales, racing Caterham 7s.

Graeme commented: “I have been involved in motorsport for many years and when I launched Formula Woman back in 2004 we had no idea of the success it would be.”

“We attracted interest from major car manufacturers and companies wishing to be title sponsors for the competition.”

“We were inundated with applicants, 10,000 of them, and this was before the days of social media and electronic systems.”

“Here we are 16 years on, and with the launch of the W Series and other initiatives to help women enjoy and participate in motor sport, I felt this was the right time to bring the competition back to find the next female Formula Women champion.”

Glew also revealed a little more about the competition winner on the official Facebook page, stating that the winners would not race amongst themselves but go on to race alongside their male counterparts…so not an exclusive female only racing series like the previous years. And a different format to that of the female only WSeries, racing only F3 cars for experienced women drivers.

“We have so far received applications from around the world and have only been open for a matter of days, any women wishing to apply can go to our website and register online.”

Natasha Firman commented: “I won the very first championship and am delighted to hear the competition is back. We raced on some of the best national circuits, the competition was really close and went right down to the wire. So if you have the passion and interest I would encourage you to register and take part. It was a fabulous opportunity for me back in 2004.

To register for Formula Woman 2021, you must be over 17 years old and hold a full driving licence. You must have had little or no racing experience and of course be a woman! To register click here and just answer one simple question, Why do you want to be a Formula Woman?

Successful applicants will then be invited to take part in an assessment process with the winner getting a fabulous opportunity to race in something very special. More details to be revealed soon.

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