Team Motorsport Woman is proud to announce its four-girl line-up for the Citroen C1 24-Hour race at Silverstone on April 26th-28th.
Original team members Katie Milner and Alice Hughes will be joined by Sami Bowler and Jem Hepworth, with Natalie Brookes as reserve.
The decision followed an action-packed test day at Silverstone on March 25th, where aspiring Motorsport Women got to try out the car, get to know one another and practise driver changes.
The day was hosted by Motorsport Woman and the technical side was managed by Merlin International.
Milner and Hughes scored two second places on their debut at Croft in March, so anticipation is high for Silverstone.
“Following the success Katie and I had at Croft, we decided to put an academy day together with the help of Motorsport Woman to find some girls who would complement what we’ve been doing,” explained Hughes.
“We’re not looking for someone to make up the numbers.”
Milner also stressed the importance of finding team-mates who can.
“We did the two three-hour races at Croft as a bit of practice really, we didn’t expect to come away with seconds,” she says.
“It’s going to be tough. We really need to be clever about what we do.”
Bowler, 27, comes from Stockport and raced in the 2018 UK Mini Challenge, where she finished fifth in class in her first year of racing.
“I’ve had a really good day,” she said at the end of the test sessions.
“I’ve shaved loads off my lap times. It’s been really good.
Hepworth, 18 and from Cornwall, impressed despite little experience of cars. However, she has been karting for six years and was one of Great Britain’s representatives at the FIA’s Girls on Track karting final at Le Mans.
“I feel really confident,” she said.
“I love this track.“
Brookes, 29, is more used to single-seaters and sports prototypes than production saloons. She is another northerner like Bowler, Milner and Hughes and will be keen to follow up any further team opportunities that come her way
“By the last session, I was on pace with everyone else, so it was great.”