Chance to go cross-coun­try rac­ing in Qatar for fast women un­der 35

The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE - CHAR­MAINE FOR­TUNE

SOUTH African women have been in­vited to take part in a se­lec­tion camp that would see a fe­male com­peti­tor win a fully spon­sored drive in the 2016 Sealine Cross Coun­try Rally in Qatar.

The se­lec­tion camp, an ini­tia­tive by the Qatar Mo­tor and Mo­tor­cy­cle Fed­er­a­tion (QMMF) in as­so­ci­a­tion with the FIA Women In Motorsport Com­mis­sion (WIMC), aims to sup­port and pro­mote the par­tic­i­pa­tion of women in motorsport.

FIA Na­tional Sport­ing Author­i­ties (ASNs) have been in­vited to nom­i­nate com­peti­tors be­tween the ages of 18 and 35 to take part in the five-day train­ing ses­sion in Doha, Qatar in Novem­ber this year.

The se­lec­tion camp will com­bine prac­ti­cal test­ing and an ed­u­ca­tional pro­gramme. At the com­ple­tion of the camp a driver will be cho­sen to com­pete in the Sealine Cross Coun­try Rally next year.

“The se­lec­tion camp is an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity by Qatar Mo­tor and Mo­tor­cy­cle Fed­er­a­tion (QMMF) and we are hop­ing a num­ber of South African com­peti­tors will show an in­ter­est,” said Sanora CEO Richard Schilling, who also heads the FIA Cross Coun­try Com­mis­sion.

“Cross coun­try rac­ing in South Africa plays an in­flu­en­tial role in the sport on an in­ter­na­tional ba­sis, and it would be great to see this in­flu­ence spread to fe­male com­peti­tors in this coun­try.

“Sanora will do all it can to sup­port fe­male com­peti­tors who would like to take ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity of­fered by the se­lec­tion camp.”

A num­ber of fe­male com­peti­tors are cur­rently ac­tive in the Don­ald­son Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onship, and in the North­ern Re­gions and KwaZulu-Natal re­gional cham­pi­onships.

The next round of the Don­ald­son na­tional se­ries is the Nko­mazi 450, in Malalane, Mpumalanga, on Au­gust 7 and 8.

— SA Rally Exco.

PHOTO: KEINO DAVIE

Four of the South African women who could be nom­i­nated for to take part in the five-day train­ing ses­sion in Doha, Qatar, for a chance to win a fully spon­sored drive in the 2016 Sealine Cross Coun­try Rally in Qatar. The are from left Jolinda Fourie, Lizelle van Ton­der, San­dra Labuschagne and Sune Kriel.

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