Mazda RX-8 Makes Motorsport History At Oulton Park | Part Three

Intensive Training

In recent weeks all 16 contestants, including the two reserves, have undergone intensive driver training provided by Formula Woman in preparation for the race series. Graeme Glew, the Formula Woman creator and an experienced racing instructor, plus former-BTCC racing driver Tim Harvey have provided the driving tuition and motorsport training programme needed for the assessment days and race series, supported by a team of six experienced racing instructors.

In the Pit Lane

The Mazda RX-8 cars have been race-prepared for the Privilege Formula Woman Championship by the Formula Woman motorsport team. Each Mazda RX-8 is a standard road-going model that has been prepared with the necessary safety modifications, (including roll cage, fire extinguishers and race seats), to comply with MSA (Motorsport Association) safety regulations. Formula Woman motorsport team is managing and maintaining the fleet of Mazda RX-8s and has recruited trained motorsport technicians for the race series.

TV Coverage

The TV coverage this summer on ITV1 will start on Sunday 11 July with a one-hour launch programme that will cover the initial assessments, selection of the 50 girls and the process of elimination from 50 to 16. The Privilege Formula Woman Championship featuring the Mazda RX-8 cars, will be shown on ITV1’s Speed Sunday slot over several weekends building up to the final race, at Brands Hatch.

"Formula Woman 2004 promises to be a fast and exciting programme and we are proud to be involved as manufacturer sponsor," commented Phil Waring, managing director of Mazda Motors UK Ltd.

"The Mazda RX-8 sports coupés featuring in the race series provide fast and exhilarating racing and fascinating TV viewing. We are delighted with ITV's programme plans for 2004 that provide a terrific opportunity for Mazda to communicate its sporting pedigree and to showcase the unique Mazda RX-8 on national television."

Published 15 June 2004 Melanie Carter

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