If you are not into car racing, you must be wondering what the Nürburgring race is. To put it simply, it is a racetrack. They have been using this loop for nearly a century now. The north loop is named Nordschleife, while the southern section is called Südschleife. Overall, the whole course is called Gesamtstrecke.
Here’s a fun fact: Did you know that this circle route is called Green Hell by Jackie Stewart (a famous Formula One racing driver from Scotland)? It has that fresh, quiet, and dense forest on the side as you go along the route.
But still considered the most challenging and daunting race track for most skilled car racing drivers.
Why is it called a 24-hour Nürburgring race?
It is a car racing event that measures the car’s endurance, and the furthest it can go in 24 hours. This event aims to help prove the feasibility of the motorcar’s relatively new invention as a traveling conveyance. The race track can accommodate to up 200 cars and more than 700 drivers can join the event.
Why a team of women instead of men?
We are used to men handling the maneuvering when it comes to car racing, but WS Racing owners want the unconventional. They believe that women can also perform at the same level as men. The team debuted their first appearance on the racing track in 2019, which significantly impacted their career and popularity.
Who are the women behind the all-girls team?
She is only 22 years old and a young lady from Volkingen, Germany. She gained popularity in many places at a young age because of her skill and bravery on the racing track. She has completed some of the strongest and skillful drivers around the globe and ended up achieving several top 10 results. She has driven the Volkswagen in the VLN Endurance and the 24-Hour races and is also a great driver, driving the top-rated Giti car racing, the Audi R8. This particular vehicle had already gained a win already in the SP8 class in 2020.
This lady driver is from France. Her passion for car racing began when she was just a little girl. She would often join her father’s off-road vehicle trips when she was ten years old. But due to money constraints, she also knew that her parents could not afford her passion for car racing – she kept her dreams aside. Eventually, she realized a race track situated just outside the area where she lived (outside of Bordeaux). She was so happy and began gaining friends who are race drivers. They became her mentors, and she got to drive on the tracks by herself. Célia knew in her heart that she would achieve her dreams. In 2014, she was the first French woman to race on the Nürburgring historic track. She was the Jaguar Land Rover pilot in 2018, which made her the first French woman Race Taxi Pilot held in Nürburgring.
She is a 28-year-old lady from Denmark and the daughter of another car racing driver – Lars-Erik Nielsen, who raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Christina was into karting in 2007 and eventually shifted to formula racing in 2010. This Danish lady driver won the GTD championship of the IMSA series in 2016 and 2017, which made her the first woman who made it to the tournament.
She is from Salzburg, Austria with a business and law degree. Laura began her passion in race car driving when she was 12 years old and has been passionate about it ever since. She officially became a car race driver at 22 years old when she competed at the KTM X-Bow series in 2013 and wanted to experience more of it and waited for the 2020 VLN and 24 Hours Nürburgring races endurance series, which took place on April 17 and 18 in 2020. She wanted to prove to herself that she could do it and take her dream with the team to the next level.
But this year, 2021. Laura Kraihamer is no longer part of the all-girls team. She joined forces with new team members but would still compete in the 24 Hours Nürburgring car racing.
She is a British racing driver and the newest member of the team. She used to be racing in European karting before she started in the 2003 UK-based Formula Renault. She also competed in IndyLights in 2009, where she won her first race in
2010. It is not the first time that Pippa Mann became a member of an all-female team – her first time was in 2018 as part of the Shift Up Now team for the 25 hours of Thunderhill. She is excited to team up with Carrie Schreiner and Celia Martin in the popular NLS endurance racing series.
The team will not be complete without the coaches, staff, and crew. Mind you, all of the people from the back end are also women.
Giti Tire Group is their main sponsor, which is one of the world’s largest tire companies. This 2021, Giti Tire is celebrating its fifth year in the Nürburgring 24-Hour car racing. They are also celebrating their third year with the all-women team. The famous drivers – Carrie Schreiner, Célia Martin, Christina Nielsen, and the new addition to the name (Pippa Mann) will drive an Audi showcasing the new Giti Tire Motorsport design. The start date of the race is on June 5 to 6, 2021, and it is going to be the first time for the team to race in a powerful SP8 class.