Women in Motorsport - Trofeo Women
Women in Trofeo
Mark the 16th July 2017 in your Diary and read on...
Trofeo Series currently have 2 women racing in the Series
Tina Glennie has been racing for over 15 years, Wendy Metcalfe joined the Series (as a late comer to motorsport) 10 years ago. Tina who includes being a pilot and jet boat skipper among her talents, competed first in the TI class (and later in Trofeo class) in her AlfaSud Sprint, before buying the ex-John Rhodes Veloce Class AlfaSud Sprint with an uprated engine. Tina joined Race 4-D Cup, a competitive team set up by Bronwynne Leech to promote Awareness of Breast Cancer, as part of the crew.
Wendy took the plunge after years of watching others have a go at AROC (Alfa Romeo Owners' Club) Training, Sprint & Race Events and found to her surprise that her belief that 'I couldn't do that' was 100% wrong. A coaching comment was enough to flick the switch ... and 10 years later Wendy has now raced Endurance and Premier Series events in the Race 4-D Cup Peugeot and SsangYong Racing Ute ... but Trofeo racing is 'home'. Wendy competed in Trofeo Class for 9 seasons before purchase of a car she and Mark Rantin had previously owned in 1986 and had been developed into a GT Junior class car by Murray Johnston. Engine failure has delayed competitive entry into the GT Junior class, which all things going to plan should be ready to race for Round 1 of the 2017/2018 season.
Recently, a blog by Pippa Mann highlighted the subject of 'Ladies' races - in Trofeo this idea is a bit foreign to us. Tina and Wendy race as equals in the Trofeo competition. No need for a 'Ladies Cup' we're happy to win all the prizes available, and have done so...
Which brings us to Women in Motorsport ...
Women in Motorsport is an FIA Initiative to encourage more women to get involved in motorsport... as drivers, co-drivers (rally), crew, and as volunteer administrators, officials and marshals.
In New Zealand we 'run' under a logo designed by Trofeo Driver Ant Gray which depicts helmet and a scarf of southern cross stars. A Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/womeninmotorsportnewzealand/ provides a place to find out what events women in the sport are involved in.
In 2016 HRC Events, one of the Trofeo Series Calendar Meeting Hosts, promoted a number of 'Introduction to Motorsport' track events, inviting Wendy to co-ordinate the coaching crew. The coaches include women who are involved in various local series who come along and give back by helping others experience the track at their own pace. It seems that like Wendy many women assume that they 'can't do it'. It is hugely satisfying to turn the 'can't do it' into 'actually I can' statements.
Now back to the 16 July
HRC Events are holding a Clubsport meeting at Hampton Downs Club Circuit Sunday 16th July 2017
HRC Events have included a dedicated 'Women in Motorsport' grid, for Women by Women. Or in other words 'Follow Us'.
This is an all day event which will include all of the features of the Club meeting where Wendy got her start.
Wendy will be co-ordinating a group of women racers to coach new comers through the day's program. The program for the day is a low pressure, collaborative environment where you can learn new skills, or develop skills from previous track days. An entry fee of $195.00 includes Free Transponder Hire (with help on how to fit this to your car), plus Overalls and Helmets if required. Come and join in and talk to other women involved, or thinking about being involved in motorsport.
Track Walk - walk the track and get tips from the racers
Coaching Runs (tailored to what you want) buddy up with us in your car, or follow a coach in their car.
There will be an opportunity to sit your race licence ('M' Grade for Clubsport or 'C' Grade for Race) during the lunch break
Information and assistance with technical advice on vehicle and Authority Cards.
Single Sprints (starting off from the Start Line, one car at a time with a gap between each car, with faster cars going first to limit overtaking)
Dual Sprints (starting off from the Start Line, two cars at a time with gaps between each pair, with faster cars going first to limit overtaking)
Multi- Sprint/Novice Races - a limited number of cars on grid at any one time. Again, faster cars gridded first, in a 'scratch' race format. Designed for new racers to experience race starts and race formats.
The aim for the day is to send you home with a BIG smile on your face, confidence that you can use on track or on the road, and hopefully have you looking for your next motorsport challenge.
Entries and further information about the event are available on http://www.motorsportentry.com
Join the Trofeo Series (men can join too)
Not sure? Or have a question about how to get involved?
Maybe you'd like to find out about volunteering at race meetings?
Contact Wendy on 021 423 234 or by email email@example.com
The Trofeo Series is committed to getting women on track to join the Trofeo fun!