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First LMP2 female crew in the ELMS history

LM P2 - 10/03/2020 - Sophie LIGER

This season will mark the first year in European Le Mans Series history where a 100% female crew will compete in the LMP2 class.

Tatiana Calderón, Sophia Flörsch and Katherine Legge will battle with the 17 other cars on the LMP2 grid for the European driver and team titles. The trio will be at the wheel of the n°50 Signatech run Richard Mille Racing Team Oreca 07 – Gibson and they will also participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans next June. It will be the first time since 1991 that an all-female crew will participate in the French race in a prototype class.

The three women are no strangers from the Motorsport.

Colombian Tatiana Calderón is one of the test drivers for Alfa Romeo Racing in Formula 1 and will also race this year in Super Formula in Japan with Drago Corse. She will be the third women to enter the championship after Divina Galica in 1980 and Sarah Kavanah in 1997. She will also follow in the steps of Pierre Gasly and Stoffel Vandoorne, who also raced in this championship. At 26, she has competed in three seasons of European F3, three in GT3 and one in F2 in 2019.  There are no doubts that she will be one to follow this season.

Sophia Flörsch is the youngest driver of the crew but already has a strong career behind her. She already has plenty of experience in single-seaters, mainly in Formula 3. She competed for a season in Formula Regional European that ended with an invitation for the post-season test of the FIA Formula 3 championship in 2019. In 2020, in addition to her programme in the European Le Mans Series, she will compete with Campos Racing for a full F3 season. She will be the first female driver to compete in the FIA Formula 3.

Katherine Legge is the driver of the trio with the most experience in Endurance as she has been racing in IMSA since 2014 and will serve as the captain of the team. During her career she also raced in Champ Car, DTM and Indy Car for a few seasons. In January she participated in the 24 Hours of Daytona with Christina Nielsen, Rahel Frey and her ELMS teammate, Tatiana Calderón.

This first season will be mainly for learning the specificities of Endurance Racing, notably the fuel consumption and the tyre management and then to fight for the top step of the podium.

The team is also supported by the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission that helps to promote the participation of women in all aspect of Motorsport.

This season there will be two all-female driver line-ups in European Le Mans Series, and we are sure that they will be a source of inspiration for our fans and for the next generation of competitors.

Michèle Mouton, FIA Women in Motorsport Commission President: “For the last few years we have been focussed on working with our own FIA commissions, independent teams and manufacturers to help provide some of the world’s most successful female racers with opportunities to show they have the talent to line up alongside the best and fight for the top positions. To have two all-female crews in ELMS now doing this is huge progress and testament to the faith teams, and Richard, justifiably have in our racers.”

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