World’s most successful female racing driver arrives in NZ

World’s most successful female racing driver arrives in NZ

When you’ve won world rallies and Pikes Peak  you can quite rightly lay claim to being a great racing driver, but the number of women that have done this is pretty much just one: Michele Mouton. She’s in New Zealand to compete in the Otago Rally in a classic Ford Escort BDA – the first 2wd car she’s driven since her Fiat 131 in 1980. In fact, she freely admitted she hadn’t even raced since a rally in Kenya four years ago.

The Audi team was the one that put the faith in Mouton by offering her a drive in the quattro, but after Group B was banned she retired saying that she didn’t want to drive cars that were less exciting.

For a native French speaker she’s incredibly humorous in English, freely joking with us motoring hacks, especially when it came to how she was treated in America while competing at Pikes Peak. The Americans had never seen a European rally car, let alone a four-wheel drive one, and definitely not driven by a woman. She went on to win Pikes Peak.

So, it’s not every day an international motorsport legend drops by. Her fond memories of the New Zealand rally were what encouraged her to come when invited.

When asked what should be done to encourage more females into the scene she’s unsure. “People should just give it a try like I did,” she said.

When you’ve won world rallies and Pikes Peak  you can quite rightly lay claim to being a great racing driver, but the number of women that have done this is pretty much just one: Michele Mouton. She’s in New Zealand to compete in the Otago Rally in a classic Ford Escort BDA – the first 2wd car she’s driven since her Fiat 131 in 1980. In fact, she freely admitted she hadn’t even raced since a rally in Kenya four years ago.

The Audi team was the one that put the faith in Mouton by offering her a drive in the quattro, but after Group B was banned she retired saying that she didn’t want to drive cars that were less exciting.

For a native French speaker she’s incredibly humorous in English, freely joking with us motoring hacks, especially when it came to how she was treated in America while competing at Pikes Peak. The Americans had never seen a European rally car, let alone a four-wheel drive one, and definitely not driven by a woman. She went on to win Pikes Peak.

So, it’s not every day an international motorsport legend drops by. Her fond memories of the New Zealand rally were what encouraged her to come when invited.

When asked what should be done to encourage more females into the scene she’s unsure. “People should just give it a try like I did,” she said.

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