Formula Woman

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Formula Woman, officially known as the Privilege Insurance Formula Woman Championship, was a female-only one make racing series started in 2004 in the UK. It was inspired by the lack of female drivers in other series and was created, amongst other reasons, to boost the female audience of the sport.

Format[edit]

All 16 drivers raced in the Mazda RX-8 over seven rounds around four British racing circuits. For the following year when support from Mazda ceased, the series consisted of mainly Caterham Sevens. Its last season was in 2007 before disappearing for good.

Competitors[edit]

Thousands of women applied to join the series with 16 people eventually getting through to compete. A series of tests were employed to cut down the applicants over several days, including physical and practical examinations. The television coverage, by ITV, and format of these days was similar to various reality television programs with the organisers announcing the people that have progressed to the entire group.

2004 Championship[edit]

Final championship standings[edit]

  1. Natasha Firman (215 points)
  2. Lorraine Pinner (209 points)
  3. Bev Tyler (161 points)
  4. Juliette Thurston (146 points)
  5. Emma Hayles (122 points)
  6. Margo Gardner (112 points)
  7. Pippa Cow (104 points)
  8. Lauren Blighton (94 points)
  9. Nicola Robison (80 points)
  10. Judith Lyons (74 points)
  11. Sarah Bennett-Baggs (73 points)
  12. Amy Handford (70 points)
  13. Victoria Hardy (63 points)
  14. Max Thompson (47 points)
  15. Catherine Gard (31 points)
  16. Joanna Linton (28 points)
  17. Karen Andrews (20 points)

Results[edit]

Oulton Park, June 12

  • Round 1
    1. Natasha Firman
    2. Margo Gardner
    3. Lauren Blighton
  • Round 2
    1. Natasha Firman
    2. Emma Hayles
    3. Lorraine Pinner

Knockhill, June 27

  • Round 3
    1. Margo Gardner
    2. Lauren Blighton
    3. Natasha Firman
  • Round 4
    1. Margo Gardner
    2. Emma Hayles
    3. Natasha Firman

Cadwell Park, July 4

  • Round 5
    1. Lorraine Pinner
    2. Lauren Blighton
    3. Emma Hayles

Brands Hatch, July 25

  • Round 6
    1. Lorraine Pinner
    2. Bev Tyler
    3. Natasha Firman
  • Round 7
    1. Lorraine Pinner
    2. Bev Tyler
    3. Natasha Firman