The UK Government Motorsport Unit (GMU) is helped fund a unique stand at Autosport International, which was held at NEC from January 13-16. Under the banner of 'Women in Motorsport' it is combining the resources of:
• Formula Woman - Britain's innovative new female-only race series
• British Women Racing Drivers' Club (BWRDC) - THE club for women in motorsport. Founded in 1962, it actively promotes female involvement in circuit racing, hillclimbing and sprinting, rallying, karting, officiating and supporting, and organizes a range of related championships
• Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) - the Government-recognised trade body that has already done much to support the cause of 'Women in Motorsport' and actively assists women working within the motorsport industry
• Motor Sports Association (MSA) - the governing body of motorsport in Great Britain, committed to promoting additional opportunities for women as competitors, volunteer officials and marshals
"Thanks to the support of the GMU, MIA and MSA, the 'Women in Motorsport' movement continues to gather momentum. Having a stand at Autosport International will allow the BWRDC to offer valuable help and advice to women already involved in the sport and encourage others to join the fray - not to mention our club!" said Helen Bashford-Malkie, Chair of the the BWRDC.
"Following last year's very successful inaugural Championship, we have literally thousands of women looking to compete for a place in the next Formula Woman series. We expect to further promote the series, our new 'Club Formula Woman' and the cause of 'Women in Motorsport' generally," said Graeme Glew, founder and organizer of Formula Woman.
"We are delighted to once again be offering support to the 'Women in Motorsport' movement. As representatives of the motorsport industry, our key role on the stand will be to offer help and advice to women either already employed in the industry or looking for a career in the sphere," said Chris Aylett of the MIA.