Leanne Tander takes FF ti­tle

F1 Racing - - INSIDER -

Seven days af­ter Molly Tay­lor made his­tory by be­com­ing the first fe­male driver to win the Aus­tralian Rally Cham­pi­onship, Leanne Tander achieved the same mile­stone in For­mula Ford.

Rac­ing against ris­ing teenage fu­ture F1 hope­fuls lit­er­ally half her age, Tander held off Will Brown to clinch vic­tory in the Aus­tralian For­mula Ford Series in the fi­nal round at Phillip Is­land.

Tander, 36, is a twice run­ner up in the Aus­tralian Driv­ers’ Cham­pi­onship and is a race win­ner in na­tional For­mula 3 com­pe­ti­tion. In both 2007 and ’08 she was de­nied the cham­pi­onship in the fi­nal round, los­ing out to Tim Macrow and James Winslow re­spec­tively by a mere hand­ful of points.

A ti­tle win in ei­ther of those years would have made Tander the first fe­male driver to win a na­tional Aus­tralian mo­tor­sport cham­pi­onship – in­stead, that hon­our went to Tay­lor in 2016 with her ARC vic­tory.

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