Women take centre stage at 2015 CRC Speedshow

Women take centre stage at 2015 CRC Speedshow

Emma Gilmour, Kat Benson and Deborah Day are among the first confirmed

participants set to feature at the 2015 CRC Speedshow as part of a 20-strong display celebrating New Zealand’s top female racers, organisers and personalities.

The new Women in Motorsport display will showcase women of all ages who participate in both two and four-wheeled motor sports, hence Gilmour, Benson and Day were chosen for their well known success.

CRC Speedshow’s managing director Ross Prevette says the Women in Motorsport display concept was formed following the Kiwi Young Guns display at last year’s show, after show visitors commented on the female talent that already existed in New Zealand and was highlighted on the stand.

The first fast-female to confirm participation was Dunedin’s Emma Gilmour, who is internationally recognised as a very competitive rally and rally-cross driver. Gilmour has enjoyed success both here and aboard, and was previously part of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile’s (FIA) women’s commission alongside many influential women including Michèle Mouton and Monisha Kaltenborn.

“I think it’s brilliant that the CRC Speedshow is recognising the large contribution that women make to motor sport in New Zealand,” says Gilmour.

“I also think it’s great that they’re showcasing all of the different areas that we excel in because it’s an awesome way to get more women involved and excited about motor sport so it’s definitely something I wanted to be part of.”

Kat Benson, known for her distinctive pink and purple Mitsubishi Evolution, is also a confirmed participant after enjoying success in time attack (circuit) racing. Only last weekend, Benson managed to secure second in the Pro Street class as part of the New Zealand Super-lap Series.

The final participant to be confirmed is Deborah Day, one of New Zealand’s top event organisers, who is also set to feature on the display because of her ability to run some of New Zealand’s biggest race meetings, including the V8 Supercars ITM 500 event at Pukekohe. Day also runs the volunteer marshal group called “The Motorsport Club”, is part of the Women in Motorsport organisation, and currently holds the highest Clerk of Course licence granted in New Zealand.

“I’m delighted that CRC Speedshow is getting in behind Women in Motorsport in New Zealand,” says Day.

The final selection of the 20 stars will be made by CRC Speedshow over the coming weeks, with fans also given an opportunity to have their say on the show’s Facebook page later in May.

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