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Old 18 Oct 2008, 01:56 (Ref:2315060)   #1
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Will a female driver ever win a Motor Racing Championship?

This question opens the discussion about whether or not there will ever be a female driver win a driving championship in classes like Aussie V8's, F1, F3, Nascar, Indy/Champ cars, BTCC etc etc?

There has been the odd female won drag championships like Shirley Muldowney "The First Lady Of Drag Racing" won 3 NHRA top fuel championships in 1977,`80 and `82..., & some have won important races like the Dakar Rally, but never a circuit racing championship

In my opinion there never has been or will be.

What does everyone else think???????
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Old 18 Oct 2008, 03:13 (Ref:2315066)   #2
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Have to say this sport we love is defiantly a male dominated sport, we may get the odd female that will come through worth keeping an eye on but the numbers aren’t in their favor.

To be a champion of a top end Motorsport series might just take a bit of something the females just can’t deliver on – testosterone. Would love to be proven wrong (as long as it’s not Danica Patrick)

I'm looking forward to see what Tander can do in FV8's

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Old 18 Oct 2008, 05:37 (Ref:2315083)   #3
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Tanders not bad, probably the best female going around in Australia at the moment but just falls short of the mark, always has always will.

Couldn't quite make it in karts
Couldn't quite make it in Formula Ford
Couldn't quite make it in Development series the first time she did it.
Couldn't quite make it in Australian F3 despite having the best car in the field and doing a darn good job.

And wont make it next year if she goes to the Fujitsu series as well, she'll be competitive but will fall just short again.

I reckon being married to GT gets her a foot in the door as well.

Only reason she or most females get a go is because a female with limited to reasonable talent is much more marketable than a male with equal or much more talent, money talks always has & always will.


Have a look at Danica Patrick if you don't believe me,good looker,very very marketable, reasonable to good talent, but when push comes to shove she cant cut it, making out she is going to belt somebody in pit lane knowing that if it came down to it she would never go through with it but makes a big deal out of it by marching off down pit lane with the TV cameras & security guys in tow, but again she is a very marketable commodity, money talks.

If a female driver ever wins an F1,V8's,F3, Champ/Indy car or any other major championship, I will happily withdraw my comments.

Until then, there never has been or ever will be a female driver that wins a major motor racing championship.

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Old 18 Oct 2008, 06:17 (Ref:2315086)   #4
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I beleive that the problem has, and always will be, a simple case of numbers. Almost every guy is interested in racing cars, whereas maybe .01% of women are. Therefore, you are always going to end up with a thousand times more guys making it than women, simply because a thousand times more guys try.

If things change and more women become interested, expect to see more women making it big time on the track.

I don't think it's a lack of ability, simply a lack of interest from the majority of women to give it a go. Those that do show equal ability to the guys.
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Old 18 Oct 2008, 09:32 (Ref:2315161)   #5
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it would be good to see women get more involved certainly puts the ego's out of joint.
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Old 18 Oct 2008, 11:31 (Ref:2315229)   #6
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In UK Amanda Whitaker twice won Monoposto championship.Tina Cooper won Mini7 Championship
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Old 18 Oct 2008, 12:09 (Ref:2315242)   #7
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Did Lella Lombardi win any championships? Michelle Mouton came second in the WRC in the mid 80s for Audi, but can't be certain a woman has won any prominent championships
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From memory she (Mouton) won the 1986 German Rally Championship in a Peugeot 205T16 as well

Claudia Hurtgen has won touring car series (albeit not overly major ones) in Europe

Ellen Lohr won a round of the 1992 DTM at Hockenheim
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Old 18 Oct 2008, 15:55 (Ref:2315321)   #9
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A MAJOR circuit racing championship, not drags, not rally, circuit racing.
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I think Gaz170 has got it right, it simply lack of numbers, I don't think lack of testosterone is a problem, anyone who saw Katherine Legges Road America Champ Car accident and her attitude after the crash must realise that. If they could have given her another car and allowed her to race I have no doubt she would have continued, she was in eight place I believe when a tab fell of her rear wing causing her car to pitch into the fence. The point is the womans got the right attitude the guts and the determination, I am not sure that she has the skill to be a champion but I would be happy to be proven wrong, frankly if there were enough women in motor racing with Legges approach to the sport and sooner or later we would see an international female racing champion.
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Old 19 Oct 2008, 03:49 (Ref:2315597)   #12
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Sheer numbers is the key as mentioned before. Besides, there's plenty of male racers who will never win a Championship either..... Mark Webber never won a Championship yet he's an F1 driver

Plenty of guys will never achieve what plenty of female racers have either.
Maybe there never will be a female champ, but it shouldn't stop them from trying (and at least winning races and putting noses out of joint )
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Old 19 Oct 2008, 09:09 (Ref:2315707)   #14
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In UK Amanda Whitaker twice won Monoposto championship.Tina Cooper won Mini7 Championship
Also in the uk there are 2 other lady drivers worth keeping an eye on.

Abbey Eaton and Cassey Watson.
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No sizzle, I have no problem with any of this discussion you are free to have your opinion about it.

My point is, as i have stated earlier in this thread, do females with reasonable to good ability get a drive over a male with good to excellent ability & speed because the female with some ability is a more marketable commodity than the male.

Thus attracting the more of the elusive sponsorship dollars for the team than the male commodity may do.

Therefore if a female is awarded the drive for this reason, will one ever be able to win a championship, I don't think so?

Never has been, never will be "In my opinion".
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