The FIA recently established a new commission to facilitate the full participation of women in all aspects of motor sport. The Women & Motor Sport Commission (WMC) held its first meeting in April this year under the Presidency of former world rally winning driver Michèle Mouton.

Subsequent to this the FIA “Women & Motor Sport Commission” has created a Rally steering Committee which recommends drivers to form part of the current Pirelli Star Shootout each year. The Rally Shootout gives 18 young rally crews the chance to participate in the shootout but only 6 crews will be selected and will be part of the 2011 WRC Academy.

The Commission is very pleased to announce that Molly Taylor, AMSF International Rising Star and only female has been selected for the Shootout for next year’s FIA WRC Academy 2011, which will be held in Spain from the 22nd till the 25th of October, during the WRC event.  This is a fantastic opportunity for the nominees to enter the Academy and have a fully supported car for next year.

FIA President Jean Todt said: “The FIA’s membership around the world comprises men and women; each has an identical part to play in sport. Like many international federations, we will support, promote and help advance the participation of women in motor sport to ensure equal opportunities at all levels.”
The WMC aims to put in place strategies and policies that will promote education and training, and put into practice actions and events that will strengthen the participation of women in all areas of motor sport. Michèle Mouton, President of the WMC, was the first woman to win a round of the FIA World Rally Championship and went on to win a total four World Championship rallies in the 1980s.

Molly Taylor said “I’m incredibly overwhelmed, excited and honoured to have this opportunity.
This is my biggest chance for an entry into World Championship competition. I will be focussing all my efforts over the next couple of weeks to prepare for the shootout and give it my absolute best shot.
The selection process encompasses stage driving, personal presentation and fitness. Part of the assessment process includes a short verbal and written presentation to the judges intended to assess communication skills. Each competition car will be shared (2 persons per car) and we will match driver’s to the car to try and avoid the need to modify seat position. 

The Women & Motor Sport Commission comprises 19 members representing the ASNs, manufacturers, teams, drivers and the Fédération Internationale de Motorcyclisme. The Shootout will be held on Saturday 23rd October 2010 at a venue being arranged during the WRC Round.
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