Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
Position
24
Points
1131
Penalty 0
Average Qualifying Position 23.0
Average finishing Position 19.9

biography

Engineer
Blake Smith
Origins
Thun, Switzerland; September 1, 1988
Resides
Melbourne, Victoria
Status
Single
Outside of Racing
Golf, Tennis, Fitness, Music and Karting
Personal Vehicle
Nissan Pathfinder
Follow Simona De Silvestro

Swiss-born racer Simona de Silvestro becomes the first full-time female driver in the Supercars era, joining the grid with Nissan Motorsport this year.

De Silvestro has had two forays in a Supercar as a wild card ‘Harvey Norman Supergirls’ entry, paired with young up-and-comer Renee Gracie. Their 14th place finish in 2016 impressed, with De Silvestro steering a Nissan for the first time last year before confirming she would return with the team.

The international racer is respected for her driving in Formula E and IndyCar – she contested the 15-16 Formula E championship with Amlin Andretti, also having raced with Andretti in the 2015 IndyCar Championship.

In 2014 she was part of the Swiss Sauber F1 squad, after finishing second in the Grand Prix of Houston in 2013, joining Danica Patrick and Sarah Fisher as the only women in IndyCar history to record a podium finish. That was her third year in the category, but de Silvestro showed promise immediately in 2010, winning the Indy 500 Rookie of the Year and Tony Renna Firestone Rising Star awards.

The Swiss racer is passionate about encouraging women in motorsport, whether it be behind the wheel or in the pit lane.

De Silvestro and Gracie’s Bathurst 2015 wild card was the first female pairing at Mount Panorama since Melinda Price and Kerryn Brewer in 1998.

Season Progress

Event Race Qualifying Finish Championship Position
Clipsal 500 Adelaide ›
Race 1 › 24 20 20
Race 2 › 26 23 22
Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint ›
Race 3 › 23 15 22
Race 4 › 20 15 19
WD-40 Phillip Island 500 ›
Race 5 › 23 13 19
Race 6 › 21 13 19
Perth SuperSprint ›
Race 7 › 14 23 19
Race 8 › 26 24 21
Winton SuperSprint ›
Race 9 › 25 23 22
Race 10 › 24 20 22
CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown ›
Race 11 › 25 20 22
Race 12 › 24 28 22
Watpac Townsville 400 ›
Race 13 › 24 18 23
Race 14 › 24 23 23
Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint ›
Race 15 › 27 27 23
Race 16 › 26 19 23
Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint ›
Race 17 › 21 19 23
Race 18 › 22 23 23
Wilson Security Sandown 500 ›
Race 19 › 24 18 22
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 ›
Race 20 › 23 23 24
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 ›
Race 21 › 21 16 24
Race 22 › 26 23 24
ITM Auckland SuperSprint ›
Race 23 › 24 18 24
Race 24 › 23 17 24
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 ›
Race 25 › 20 20 24
Race 26 › 17 17 24

Vehicle detail

Nissan Altima
ENGINE:
Nissan Motorsport and Team Harvey Norman

Rick and Todd Kelly's team will again run two extra cars in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship in 2016. Michael Caruso returns to the team in NISMO colours while Simona De Silvestro joins the team with Harvey Norman onboard.

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