All-female ELMS LMP2 crew aiming for Le Mans entry
An all-female LMP2 crew might race at this yr’s Le Mans 24 Hours, Richard Mille Racing revealing that it has requested an entry for its new-for-2020 ELMS-bound ORECA.
Richard Mille Racing is ready to compete within the European Le Mans Sequence season this yr with an all-female driver crew, confirmed right this moment within the wake of the ELMS full-season entry listing announcement.
The group’s three drivers have been chosen following a rigorous choice course of performed with drivers supported by the Girls in Motorsport Fee late final yr.
Columbian Alfa Romeo Sauber take a look at driver Tatiana Calderon and Formulation three racer Sophia Floersch (who claimed worldwide fame following her restoration from a devastating crash within the 2018 Macau Grand Prix) will be part of IMSA common Katherine Legge for the season with the group.
“For the final 10 years of so, we’ve got labored laborious to advertise ladies in our sport, attempting to open the door so ladies can have an equal alternative to point out they’ve the expertise to compete on the highest ranges,” stated Michele Mouton, who heads up the FIA fee for Girls in Motorsport.
The Richard Mille Michelin-shod ORECA shall be run by Signatech, the French outfit which operates the Alpine FIA WEC group. As a part of the announcement right this moment, the group additionally confirmed that it has dedicated to 2 seasons of racing, with the intention of competing in 2021 as nicely.
This isn’t the primary time a group has tried to enter a all-female crew in LMP2 at Le Mans: IMSA group Michael Shank Racing filed for an entry into final yr’s race as a part of its collaboration with Heinricher Racing, however wasn’t granted an invitation by the choice committee.
40 automobiles characteristic on the European Le Mans Sequence entry for this yr, 18 automobiles listed in LMP2, 13 in LMP3 and 9 in GTE. The ELMS GTE class will once more characteristic an all-female crew, too, although with the brand new Italian group Iron Lynx somewhat than Kessel Racing as in 2019.
As per the brand new Le Mans entry invite system, which sees the variety of ELMS invitations improve and reduce relying on the scale of every class, six invitations shall be handed out this yr — three in LMP2, one in LMP3, two in GTE — up from 5 in 2019.