Wolff launches scheme to help women into rac­ing

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For­mer Wil­liams For­mula 1 test driver Susie Wolff has launched the Dare To Be Dif­fer­ent ini­tia­tive that aims to boost fe­male par­tic­i­pa­tion in mo­tor­sport.

Wolff re­tired from rac­ing af­ter last year’s Race of Cham­pi­ons but has now set up this scheme with the UK’S gov­ern­ing body, the Mo­tor Sports As­so­ci­a­tion.

It en­cour­ages women to be­come in­volved in all aspects of the sport and not just driv­ing.

Dare To Be Dif­fer­ent will run five events this year that will act as mo­tor­sport taster ses­sions.

“When I de­cided to hang up my hel­met it was very clear that I wanted to give some­thing back,” Wolff said.

“I wanted to make sure that I could pass on ev­ery­thing I’d learned be­cause many peo­ple saw me as a role model, as a trail­blazer, but the truth was I was just a driver try­ing to make it to the top of my sport.

“But if my story in­spired oth­ers then I thought to my­self, ‘OK I have to do some­thing with that’, that’s where the idea of Dare To Be Dif­fer­ent was born.

“We just want to open up the world of mo­tor­sport and show that it’s not quite as male dom­i­nated as it once was and there are many op­por­tu­ni­ties out there.”

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