Thursday, 9 September 2010

Female Single-Seater Drivers Around the World: Scandinavia and the Baltic countries

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Nathalie Abrahamsson - Swedish single-seater racer. She competed in the Swedish and North Europe Zone Formula Ford championships from 2005 to 2007, and the Finnish championship in 2006 and 2007. Her best overall finish was fifth, in the 2007 Swedish series. She secured one fastest lap. As early as 2005, she was finishing in the top ten in Sweden, but she did not manage to break into the podium positions. She does not appear to have raced since the end of the 2007 season, and now works as a motorsport journalist.

Ayla Ågren – Swedish/Norwegian driver who races in the USA. She won the US F1600 championship in 2014, after taking three wins and five podium positions. This was her second season in F1600, having finished fourth in the series in 2013. 2013 was only her second season as a senior racer, having graduated from karting in Scandinavia at the end of 2011. Like many single-seater racers in the States, she began in the Skip Barber championships. In recent years, she has not done quite so much active racing, but has been involved with the Mazda Road to Indy training programme, in the hope of getting onto the oval racing ladder. To this end, she took part in the Cooper Tires USF2000 series, for a part-season. She was 17th overall, with a best finish of seventh at Indianapolis. It was her third season in the championship.

Eva-Marie Holst - Danish driver who switched from karts to cars in 2001, after only taking up karting seriously at 19. She raced in the Danish Formula Ford 2000 series in 2001. In 2002, she was thirteenth in the championship. The following year, she raced in Formula Ford Zetec, in both Denmark and Sweden. She did slightly better in the Swedish championship, finishing eleventh. She was twelfth in Denmark. 2004 seems to have been her last year of major competition, and she was twelfth in the Danish Formula Ford Zetec championship.

Ina Neumann - Danish single-seater racer of the 1990s. She competed for Denmark in the Formula Vauxhall Nations Cup in 1991 and 1992. Her best result was fifth at Estoril in 1992, alongside Henrik Larsen. They were fifth overall. Ina’s previous team-mate was Thomas Mullin. They were fourteenth.

Nanci Ristla - Estonian driver who became the first Baltic female racer to win a single-seater race in 2013, when she won two Formula Scandic races at Pärnu, in August. She also came second in two races at the same track, a month later. In 2012, she competed in Formula Baltic, and had two further runner-up finishes, both again at Pärnu. In 2011, she did some races in the Finnish Formula Ford Cup, but was not yet on the pace. Before that, she competed in karting in the Baltic region. She has now returned to karting as a senior. 

Vibe Smed - Danish single-seater driver who has competed in the UK since 2007. After a successful karting career, she started racing in Formula Ford in 2006. In 2007, she was sixth in the Danish championship. As well as the Danish series, she took in four Swedish Formula Ford races, in order to pick up points for the NEZ regional championship. By then, she was also a "student" at the Silverstone Racing Academy and finishing well in their races. In 2008, she competed in UK Formula Palmer Audi. Her best finish, a fourteenth place, came at Brands Hatch. She struggled somewhat throughout the year and was 20th overall. In 2009, she raced a Porsche 996 Cup in Britcar. In 2010, she stayed in British sportscars, racing a Ginetta G50 in British GTs. She was third in the G4 class, alongside Nathan Freke, after a long run of third places and one second. After funding problems, she returned to karting in Denmark in 2011.

Karlīne Štāla - Latvian driver competing in northern Europe. She won the Belgian Formula Renault 1600 championship on her second attempt in 2007, winning twice. Previously, she raced in Legends in Finland, as well as the Toyota Yaris Cup in Estonia. In 2008, she contested half of the German Formula 3 Championship for the Racing Experience team and a further six races with SRT. This was combined with some outings in the Finnish Formula 3 series. She did better in Finland than in Germany, achieving a fifth and a tenth place. Her best finish in Germany was thirteenth at Hockenheim. She was planning a return to German Formula 3 in 2009, but this does not look to have happened. In 2011, she made a small comeback, entering two races of the Benelux Radical Cup, at Zandvoort. She was ninth in one race and did not finish the other. In 2012, she raced in some rounds of the Benelux Radical Cup, sharing a car with Henk Thuis for the longer races. 2013 was similar, with two races in the Mitjet 2L Supersport Championship for touring cars, based in France. She was second and 19th at Nogaro.

Monica Stråth - raced mostly single-seaters in Sweden, mainly in the 1990s. She seems to have jumped straight from karting in 1988 to Formula 3 in 1989, in the Swedish championship, where she finished 16th. In 1990, she entered Swedish F3 again, but was unplaced, as well as travelling to the UK for one British F3 race, at Donington, where she was second in class B. She returned to Swedish F3 in 1991, a stronger driver, and broke into the top ten, finishing ninth, but after that, she seems to take a break from competition. In 1994, she made a low-key return, driving a Corsa in the Lady Opel Cup and finishing tenth. In 1995, she returned to Formula 3, the Nordic series this time, and was seventh. After another year out, she was seventh again in the 1997 Nordic championship. After that, she returned to karting as a senior, and ended up in Superkarts.

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  1. Sanna Pinola wanted to drive the German F3 Championship in 2003, but for some reason it does not realized.

    Emma Kimiläinen now married, she new last name is Kimiläinen-Liuski. Emma told he mayde back to racing in future.

    Finland talent now Formula Ford Finland driver Milla Mäkelä and Kart driver Netta Pekkala. Veera Virtanen drive Formula Ford Finland full season 2008 and back to this year series again.

    Mirella Nurminen (his father is former F3000 driver Jari Nurminen) and Karoliina Leppihalme (his brother is rallycross driver Jussi-Petteri Leppihalme) drive this year FinRace at V1600 series.