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