First-ever modern-day motor racing championship for women drivers is launched

Formula Woman, a major new motor racing initiative set to change the face of motorsport, is launched today at the Autosport International Show. This unique Championship for women racing drivers marks a new era for the sport with the introduction of the first racing series devoted entirely to female drivers. Formula Woman is a unique concept for the world of motorsport, offering women the chance to enter the traditionally male environment of motor racing driving the new Mazda RX-8 in the Mazda RX-8 Formula Woman Championship.

The new Championship has been conceived and created by Graeme Glew, a motorsport industry consultant who has been involved in racing team management, a racing driver school and latterly in Formula One. With this pedigree, Glew is well-placed to instigate a new professional motor racing Series which is set to add a new dimension to the industry bringing women into the sport – in the driving seat.

Television coverage is planned for the Championship, with Carlton TV developing a programme around Formula Woman. Further details on the media support will be announced shortly.

Speaking today at the launch, Chairman of Formula Woman, Graeme Glew said: "Formula Woman is realising one of the ideas that I had a few years ago when I ran a racing drivers school. In nearly every other sport around the world there is a platform for women to compete against each other. Today, we have made history by launching this Championship solely for women, and I’m sure we will attract nationwide attention as this unique concept becomes reality."

Formula Woman is launched with the support of Mazda, with the new Mazda RX-8 being used for the Championship. James Muir, Managing Director, Mazda Motors UK Ltd, explains the tie-up saying: "Mazda are absolutely delighted to be involved as the manufacturer sponsor for Formula Woman. It’s an extremely exciting and innovative project which we believe will really capture the imagination of the public. Formula Woman will be a great fit with the Mazda brand, particularly as we are launching our all-new sports car, the Mazda RX-8 in the summer of 2003."

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Published : 10/01/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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