FIA Women In Motorsport " The Girls On Track" FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR LE MANS 2019 SHOOT-OUT | Federation Internationale de l'Automobile

FIA Women In Motorsport " The Girls On Track" FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR LE MANS 2019 SHOOT-OUT

National selections for the Girls on Track Karting Challenge, the FIA’s European Young Women Programme, have now been successfully completed in nine countries and 27 finalists are poised to attend what is anticipated to be a highly competitive European Final at the famous Le Mans circuit in France (8-10 March 2019).

The FIA’s two year Erasmus+ supported programme - which has been created to encourage more young women between 13 and 18 years of age to try motor sport - is based on a cost-effective, arrive and drive karting slalom format whereby a small tarmac area in a central urban location is set up with marker cones to create a slalom course. This year, the karting slalom events were hosted in eight European partner countries, with the United Kingdom also joining the programme. The three fastest girls from each country’s events will now pit themselves against each other at the European Final for the chance to be among the six drivers selected for a European Team that will attend FIA Driver Training Camps, where they will be supported by the FIA through a sporting and educational programme. In many of the countries, the performance level of the young women was so high that national finals also had to be hosted to determine who would represent their country at the Le Mans final.

“We have had a very high level of interest from young women, many of whom would also now encourage girl friends to give karting a try; this is really great news,” said Michèle Mouton, President of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission. “I never imagined that individual countries would need to hold national finals because the standard was so high. Many of these young women are completely new to the sport but are now also in training, with the support of their ASN, to be at the highest possible level at Le Mans next year. This is incredibly encouraging as far as our objective is concerned. It is so important we encourage more females into the base of the sport and the Girls on Track Karting Challenge has potentially unearthed new talent. Everyone involved in the project is incredibly excited by the prospect of a really competitive final next year.”

The 27 finalists, representing Belgium, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden and the United Kingdom are:



Alyah Van Laer

Ine Vanderplasschen

Lyssia Baudet



Milja Kukkonen

Nora Farigu

Vilma Luukkonen



Gina Trunk

Lina Uck

Tammy Schönborn



Lisette Grinwis

Mijntje Koerts

Nina Pothof



Joanna Piwowarek

Michalina Sabaj

Natalia Lelek



Carolina Trindade

Inês Moreira

Matilde Fidalgo



Barbora Bauerova

Bianka Sivosova

Stella Khurova



Emma Löfquist

Anna Glaerum

Maja Hallén Fellenius 


United Kingdom

Louisa Bell

Jemima Hepworth

Ellie-Anna McFall


The stakes are further raised at the European Final; as part of the CIK’s cooperation with the Women in Motorsport Commission, one of the Girls on Track Karting Challenge finalists could also contest the 2019 Karting Academy Trophy, helping to start a potential career in motor sport.


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