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Old 4th May 2006, 14:27   #1
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Why do we get to see so few women drivers in motorsports. In DTM, both Audi and Mercedes Benz have 1 female driver each this season. Then there's the famous Indy Racing League (IRL) female race driver(Danica Patrick). It's not that women are incapable of skillful drinig. Wonder when Formula 1 will get to see some women drivers challenging Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso.
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Old 4th May 2006, 15:55   #2
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Michele Mouton!!!
She is the only woman to have won a top level event

She won the San remo rally in 81 and I think she also finished second in the WRC that year....She won 4 WRC rallies driving a Group-B Quattro. A great driver, but since the quattro was the only AWD car at the time, audi had an advantage over the other teams...
She's also won the pikes peak once.
No doubt about her being the best woman in motorsports till date

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What about indian motorsport scenario?!

PS: Danica Patrick is hot!
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Navaz Bhathena and Anita Nanjappa can kick some serious bu$$ in India.

As far as F1, Kathirene Legge tested recently and now races Champ cars in the US.
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it seems cnbc-tv18 presenter renuka kripalani was once a rally champion.but never heard her winning any rallies though
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How about Sarika Sherawat ? Shes was 2nd in JK Tyre National Karting Championship 2002 - Ladies Finals, particiapted in the 5th Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya 2003 running with some bad luck with mechanical problem in her Gypsy and then came 3rd at Fourth National Karting Championship 2004 - Ladies Finals, eventually wining Maruti Suzuki Autocross 2004 in Womens 1300 Finals.

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Sabine Schmidt, queen of the Nürburgring, judging from the Top Gear and the BMW Ring Taxi videos, would prove a powerful contender, were she to venture into professional motor-sports.
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I agree, Sabine is said to be one of the fastest drivers around the Nurburgring ever.
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Navaz Bhathena and Anita Nanjappa can kick some serious bu$$ in India.

Used to, not anymore. Navaz is married to one of the top drivers in the INRC and Anitha is busy with her business.

Nowadays, the only woman who particaptes in rallies/autocrosses/etc is Anitha Kholay but even she will not this year due to her pregnancy.

You have had the odd lady doing the odd rally but no one fulltime or really competitive after Navaz. And Anitha was always a navigator only for her famous husband Jagat.
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How about Sarika Sherawat ?
Yeah, how can we miss out on her! Can't say about the south but up north there is just one lady driver who rules the roost. I think she's one of the most consistent female rally drivers in the present indian motorsports scenario. She's won the desert storm ladies category three years in a row but dropped out this year because of an unfortunate accident. And i guess she is the only female to successfuly complete the Raid de Himalaya (after two failed attempts). Got this from her website...

Year 2005
1st in women’s category in 3rd Maruti Suzuki Desert Rally
1st in women’s category in 7th Maruti Suzuki Raid De Himalaya car Rally
1st in women’s category in INRC (Delhi Round)
1st in women’s category (Saloon & Gypsy class) in Maruti Suzuki Autocross
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You have had the odd lady doing the odd rally but no one fulltime or really competitive after Navaz. And Anitha was always a navigator only for her famous husband Jagat.
Killjoy, you are right, but there were a few rallies where Anita teamed up with Navaz for form an all women's team.

I was pleasantly surprised to see 3 women participating in the Chickmangalur rally this year.

If I recall right, there was this chick called Bhuvaneshwari who used to do motorcycle rallies.

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Don't know if you guys have heard of a lady called Ellen Lohr. Used to be the only woman racer in the Germa Touring Car (DTM) Championship about 14 years ago. She rubber shoulder with the likes of Bernd Schneider, Jorg Van Omen, etc.
Also a lady called Juta Kleinschmidt is one of the better racers in the Paris - Dakkar run.
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Ah of course, how can I forget. Jutta Kleinschmidt has had some podium finishes in the VW Toureg diesel and is VW's #1 driver for the Dakar raid.
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Killjoy, you are right, but there were a few rallies where Anita teamed up with Navaz for form an all women's team.

I was pleasantly surprised to see 3 women participating in the Chickmangalur rally this year.

If I recall right, there was this chick called Bhuvaneshwari who used to do motorcycle rallies.
only 2 not three, vydehi and rayna.

navaz was co-driven by sherin balachandran who is the CRO nowadays at most INRC events.
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i have seen Rayna drive during the chikmagular rally this year & she can seriously hurt a few male egos
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