Formula Woman announces competition winners
17th March 2022
After months of assessments, tests and training, the Shepherd Compello Limited-supported Formula Woman competition has announced the four winners and two reserves from this year’s competition to find the next female champion racing driver.
From the initial line up of 800 applicants, on Friday 11th March four winners and two reserves were selected: Erika Hoffman (Canada), Jodi Sloss (Scotland), Anushriya Gulati (India) and Sara Misir (Jamaica) are the official drivers of the Formula Woman GT Cup Team, with Steph Sore (England) and Amy Riley (England) the two reserves, who will support the four winners and be on standby should their services be required.
The first round of assessments took place in September 2021 at Anglesey Circuit, with further rounds held at Bedford Autodrome and Knockhill Race Circuit in Scotland. Together with the on-track training in electric Vauxhall Corsas, the applicants were also put through their paces in karts, simulator training, fitness programmes, mental performance evaluations and written tests.
The assessments culminated in 75 finalists who went through three days of eliminations at PF International and Croft circuits. 10 finalists and one wildcard entry then progressed to the shootout in Sweden, which included ice driving assessed by experts and rally coaches on a panel led by successful sportscar racer Mia Flewitt. The three instructors accompanied each of the finalists, scoring them on performance, control, attitude and awareness.
Along the way, Formula Woman also provided numerous other opportunities to the all-female candidates, including trackdays, a trip to the British Grand Prix, several karting events and visits to Carfest and SupercarFest.
Formula Woman organisers also confirmed that DTO Motorsport will be running the two McLaren 570s GT4s that the winners will drive in this year’s GT Cup, a 26-race championship over seven meetings taking place at the UK’s top circuits.
On making the announcements, Graeme Glew, Formula Woman Founder said:
“I am absolutely delighted to have confirmed the names of our competition winners and the team we’ve appointed to run the cars in the 2022 GT Cup Championship.
“A huge congratulations goes to our four winners and our two reserves. I am extremely pleased with the selection and satisfied that the right choices have been made. We are all really looking forward to the next step and seeing how our winners perform this season.”
Mark Taylor, Senior Broker for Shepherd Compello Motorsport Insurance commented:
“This has been an incredibly well-supported and fiercely fought competition that over the past six months has seen the candidates face a range of challenges on the way to become a racing driver. Therefore, to finish in the final six is a real achievement and I congratulate the winners on their achievement.
“Shepherd Compello has been pleased to support this global initiative that has done a great deal towards the promotion and inclusion of women in motorsport. I look forward to watching the team in this year’s GT Cup Championship and wish them the best of luck for the season ahead.”
For further information about the Formula Woman competition visit: www.formulawoman.co.uk