Looking for new female talents in WRC

WRC Promoter is today launching an initiative aimed exclusively at women. At the end of a selection and preparation process, a crew will be fielded in the 2025 JWRC championship.

Published on 05/07/2024 à 10:01


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Looking for new female talents in WRC

Next year, a female supported by the WRC promoter will compete in the JWRC championship in a Ford Fiesta Rally3 (Photo: Nikos Katikis/DPPI)

Are we finally going to witness the emergence of the new Michèle Mouton? Remarkable in her commitment and passion, as demonstrated by her involvement in Poland so that the special stages took place in good conditions, the Frenchwoman decided that she was going to take a step back at the end of this season. The Grassoise is so far the only woman to have won in a round of the world championship and it must be recognized that today no one in WRC does not seem able to succeed him. Female participations have in fact been quite rare at this level for several years and the WRC promoter wants to try to reverse this trend.

WRC Promoter launches new talent pipeline to increase female participation in rally. The ambition is to commit to a long-term program.

Potential candidates can send their application now to beyondrally@wrc.com or go to the WRC website (https://www.wrc.com/more/information/beyond-rally) Closing date is July 30.

This initiative involves several stages. The first will consist of selecting 15 candidates. They must have been born after the 1er January 1998 and be aged 27 or under. When submitting an application, the young women will make a two-minute presentation video where they express their motivations for participating in this program. They will attach a summary of their experience as pilots. The 15 lucky winners will take part in an intensive training course in Krakow at the headquarters of M-Sport Poland. During this camp, the women will complete a test day on dirt and one on asphalt aboard a Ford Fiesta Rally3. Simulator tests and estimates regarding recognition and note-taking will be on the program. Finally, public relations training and a mechanical knowledge assessment will be added to the list of workshops offered by people involved in the WRC.

Among these 15 candidates, a jury made up of WRC players will select 3 who will advance to the next stage which will consist of being present at the start of the Central Europe Rally (October 17-20) at the wheel of a Ford Fiesta Rally3 identical to that used by JWRC competitors. At the end of this event, the same jury will designate the grand winner of this “Beyond Rally” program. The latter will be integrated into the JWRC 2025 for which it will also be entitled to tests.

« The WRC has a long history of female participation, explains Peter Thul, the promoter's senior director of sport. Michèle Mouton is one of the greatest legends in motorsport. Over the past three years, we have crowned female co-drivers world champions in WRC3 and WRC2. However, it has been some time since we have had female drivers at the highest level of our sport and we hope this program will help fill that gap. »

« I congratulate the WRC promoter for the opportunities it offers to young aspiring female drivers, declared Turkish pilot Burcu Çetinkaya. We see so many successful female co-drivers in the WRC and in the years to come we want to see as many female drivers achieve the same success. As Chair of the FIA ​​Women in Motorsport Commission, I fully support this program and look forward to seeing FIA member clubs encourage participants and candidates from around the world. »

If there are numerous initiatives around women, they were lacking in the world rally championship. This is now a gap that has been filled and it will be interesting to observe whether this discipline still attracts girls and then to see them compete on equal terms with boys.

Registrations are now open on the official WRC website by following this link: https://www.wrc.com/more/information/beyond-rally


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