Formula Woman competition reaches its 2021 conclusion and gets set for the next phase in 2022
22nd December 2021
Over the past few months, the competition to find the next female champion driver has since progressed through a series of events to reach its 2021 conclusion.
Kicking off in September, a total of 650 applicants from the UK and overseas undertook a series of online and then practical tests and assessments before being whittled down to the 80 successful candidates who go forward into 2022 for the final elements of the competition.
Previously held in 2006, Formula Woman was relaunched in 2021 by inviting applicants to sign-up to a programme that following a series of online assessments, saw the successful candidates attend events at a variety of racetracks to perform a range of theoretical, practical and physical tasks.
From the 80 who will progress to the 2022 assessments, semi-finals and finals, the competition will conclude by establishing six winners. Split into four nominated drivers and two reserves, the successful sextet will be awarded a prize drive in a GT4 McLaren sportscar for the 2022 GT Cup Championship.
The first of the assessments for the initial group of 150 applicants took place at Anglesey Circuit in September where, following an introduction and a briefing, the day comprised a series of mind-coaching sessions, fitness assessments, media training and written tests. The candidates then took to the track for the first of the competition’s practical sessions in a fleet of Vauxhall Corsa-es.
The same process then took place at Knockhill Circuit in Scotland eary November, followed by two visits to Bedford Autodrome in November and December. In conjunction to the UK-based events, assessments were also held in India, USA, Brazil, New Zealand, Canada and Chile.
Over the next few week, the judges will select the best 80 candidates, who will then take part in a further series of assessments and tests in February, before the winners are finally decided and announced ahead of the season-opening GT Cup race on 9th & 10th April at Donington Park.
Shepherd Compello is a proud signatory of the Women in Finance Charter and is award-winning in its work towards diversity and inclusion in the insurance sector. Therefore, when the competition was first announced, the company recognised the importance of supporting diversity in motorsport and saw Formula Woman as a great opportunity to help the contestants on their exciting motorsport adventure.