FIA Girls on Track heads to Sydney Motorsport Park
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By Charlie Bullis
Young girls keen to get involved in motorsport are being given the opportunity to get close to a live race meeting this weekend, with the FIA Girls on Track program heading to Sydney Motorsport Park.
For girls aged eight to 18, the free event will run alongside the third round of the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championship.
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Saturday's event will see girls take part in simulator and pit stop challenges, as well as STEM exercises and other motorsport-based activities.
Offering guidance will be FIA Girls on Track ambassadors Australian Rally Champion Molly Taylor, Triple Eight Race Engineering co-owner Jess Dane and motorsport presenter Kate Peck.
Motorsport Australia CEO Eugene Arocca said the event would be a great way for young girls to learn more about what motorsport has to offer.
“The FIA Girls On Track program at Sydney Motorsport Park is a terrific opportunity for girls aged 8 to 18 to experience the exciting and exhilarating atmosphere of a live motorsport event and also gain unique insights into the sport whether it be as officials, mechanics, media and of course as competitors on track,” Arocca said.
“The event will be part of the popular Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships and with nine categories on track this weekend, there will be plenty of action throughout the paddock and participants will also get a taste of what a career in motorsport can offer.
“Following a brief hiatus of the program due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re delighted to have it up and running again in 2021 as we make sure the next generation of young girls are given every opportunity to be part of our great sport.”
Aimed at growing interest in STEM subjects and industries amongst school-aged girls, the program looks to increase female participation in the sector and highlight career paths within motorsport.
Held during a live race meeting, the girls will experience nine national categories competing across the weekend and witness teams in action throughout the paddock.
The FIA Girls on Track initiative is a global, non-for-profit initiative, first launched by former Formula 1 development driver Susie Wolff as 'Dare To Be Different'.
In Australia, the program is backed by Motorsport Australia, offering girls a unique opportunity to participate in the free Girls on Track events.
Programs are run across the country with 15 events planned throughout 2021.