Thursday, 9 September 2010

Female Single-Seater Drivers Around the World: France

Sandrine Nahon with her Formula Ford

Anouck Abadie – raced in the French Formula 4 championship in 2014. She was 21 years old. Her best results were a pair of fifteenth places, achieved at Pau and Jerez. She was 25th in the championship, and twelfth in the International Series. She first attempted to enter the championship in 2012, but could not get the requisite sponsorship until 2014. Funding problems have presumably kept her out of motorsport since. She was previously a swimmer.

Corinne Armagnac - competed in Formula Ford 1600 in France in 1990. She was the team-mate of Sandrine Nahon, and drove a Van Diemen. In 1993, she returned to the championship, for some rounds at least. Her race results, and even her championship positions are not forthcoming. At some point, she raced in the Citroen Saxo Cup. In 2001, she came out of retirement to drive in the Peugeot 306 Cup, after taking a long break to have a family. She is the daughter of French racer Paul Armagnac.

Cecilia Asquini – made the transition from karting to cars in 2010. She drove in two races of the F4 Eurocup championship, a Formula Renault series, which was part of the World Series by Renault meeting. She achieved two 16th places at Magny-Cours. Previously, she was active in karting in Europe. She does not appear to have raced since 2010.

Alice Brasseur – entered the Formula BMW Talent Cup in 2011. She was only fourteen years old at the time. Her race results were a pair of eleventh places at Magny-Cours, although she also seems to have driven at Monteblanco in Spain. She was unplaced in the championship, and seems to have returned to karting that year, although 2011 may have been her last year of competition. Previously, she was a very competitive karter in Europe.

Virginie Gazoti – did at least three seasons of single-seater racing in France. In 2003, she did some rounds of the French Formula Ford championship, but did not score any points. She drove for Sirius Competition in the championship in 2004, where she ran well and challenged for podium places, then for Palmyr Racing. In 2004, she also took part in some historic single-seater racing, at the Pau Grand Prix.

Valérie Miniscloux - raced in Formula Renault in France in the late 1980s. She seems to have begun her career with a one-off drive in the Renault 5 Turbo Cup in 1987. Two part-seasons in French Formula Renault followed. Both times, she drove for the ASA Armagnac Bigorre team, run by her regional motor club. She was never among the front-runners but did race against the likes of Olivier Panis and Yvan Muller.

Sandrine Nahon - raced single-seaters in France in the 1990s. She took part in Formula Ford in 1989 and 1990, driving for the AMEF and Graff teams. She won at least on race in 1989 and was second in the B class in 1989 and 1990. She moved up to Formula 3 in 1991, and entered the French championship. She returned in 1992 for a part-season, driving a Reynard 903, but did not get into the top ten. Afterwards, she seems to have taken a break from competition, before reappearing in 1994 at the wheel of a Peugeot 905 Spider. She was team-mate to Cathy Muller and finished sixth in the Spider Cup in France. Early in her career, she also raced a Peugeot 309 in one-make events around Europe. 1998 appears to have been her last year of competition, when she took part in some Formula Ford 1800 races.

Stéphanie Tesson – races mainly in Formula Renault in France, beginning in Formula Campus, in 2002. In 2003, she was 16th in the championship. She graduated to the French Formula Renault championship in 2004, and found it hard going, with a lot of DNFs. She was 29th overall, with a best finish of fourteenth. A more consistent year in 2005 gave her one twelfth place at Val de Vienne, and 24th in the championship. In 2006, she did not race for the whole season, and was again plagued with non-finishes. She was 30th overall. After a long time away from the circuits, she reappeared in the World Series by Renault in 2014. Her best meeting was again, Val de Vienne, but she only managed two 16th places. She was 20th overall. 

Sylvie Valentin - drove in French Formula 3 in 2001. She was fourth in the B class for the Optirace team, with two class wins and three podium positions. She does not appear to have raced since then. Previously, she raced in Formula Renault in France, in 2000.

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