BETTY BEEP RAC­ING

Jane En­twistle and her all-fe­male crew bring a touch of glam­our to Targa NZ

New Zealand Classic Car - - EVENT -

Jane En­twistle from Betty Beep Rac­ing is a self-con­fessed ve­loc­ity junkie, and re­cently com­peted as a driver in the com­pe­ti­tion class of the Targa South Is­land Rally. She joined to a list of fe­male driv­ers in Targa that in­cludes El­lie and Munroe Martin, the sis­ters who com­peted in the same car in Targa in 2012.

In 2013 Jane set up Betty Beep Rac­ing, as she wanted to en­cour­age more women to give mo­tor sport a go, and also re­mind her­self that she could be in­volved in mo­tor­sport as a driver, as she felt that in the past oth­ers had set bound­aries for her.

In or­der to achieve her goal of rac­ing in the event, Jane felt that she needed to of­fer spon­sors some­thing unique — which is when the idea of set­ting up a com­pletely all-fe­male team came to her: it was what she could take to spon­sors to set her­self apart from the crowd! >

Jane’s goal was to have the first com­pletely fe­male team in Targa along with a fe­male crew and this worked well, as Targa New Zealand also had the goal of wish­ing to en­cour­age more fe­males into mo­tor­sport.

For crew mem­bers she im­me­di­ately thought of the MIT School of Au­to­mo­tive Tech­nol­ogy, the tu­tors were help­ful as usual and they had two women — Raukohe (Roxy) Hawkins and Genevieve Ling — who jumped at the chance to help out, and who both aspire to driv­ing Targa them­selves one day.

Jane’s spon­sor — Ray from Hellbm — put her in touch with her co-driver, Rae An­der­son, who is spon­sored by Ray in the BMW Mo­tor­sport se­ries.

En­cour­ag­ing the Ladies

Whilst Jane had been a co-driver in Targa be­fore, com­pet­ing as a driver and be­ing re­spon­si­ble for a race team be­came al­most a full­time job. She says to keep costs low there is a lot of prepa­ra­tion to get to the start­ing line, she spent months or­ga­niz­ing the team, sourc­ing spon­sors and plan­ning for the lo­gis­tics of the event.

There were cer­tainly chal­lenges she hadn’t an­tic­i­pated, but sur­pris­ingly the fi­nan­cial im­pact wasn’t one of them, be­cause spon­sors re­ally saw the op­por­tu­nity to reach their tar­get mar­kets. She en­cour­ages other women to get in touch if they would like to come un­der the Betty Beep Rac­ing ban­ner for spon­sor­ship, as she doesn’t want to be the only one living her dreams!

Jane also hopes that the crowd mem­bers who have footage of her rac­ing (ap­par­ently some­one videoed one of her close calls/ saves) will please get in touch with her via the Betty Beep Rac­ing web­site — bet­ty­beep­rac­ing.co.nz.

Over­all Jane was re­ally pleased with the re­sults, not only did she fin­ish ev­ery stage, she also kept up with the pack. She said she had an amaz­ing time, and that rac­ing in the same event as driv­ers such as Lee Hop­per, Ja­son Gill, Clark Proc­tor, Tony Quinn and Glenn Inkster was quite the thrill! She says that ev­ery­one was wel­com­ing and sup­port­ive in Targa — not just to­wards women — and there was the feel­ing the other teams want to see you do well and fin­ish.

Of course she is now hooked! And she hopes to come back from Lon­don to com­pete in the Targa Bam­bina late this year, as that was the event in which she first got started com­pet­ing in tar­mac ral­ly­ing.

Jane felt that she needed to of­fer spon­sors some­thing unique — which is when the idea of set­ting up a com­pletely all-fe­male team came to her: it was what she could take to spon­sors to set her­self apart from the crowd!

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