Thursday, 9 September 2010

Female Single-Seater Drivers Around the World: Germany & Switzerland


Ina Fabry in 2002

Austrian drivers can now be found here. Andrina Gugger now has her own profile, as does Sophia Floersch.

Franziska Aich - one of the youngest-ever female racing drivers, having started in Formel König in 2001, at the age of 16. That year, she was not overly competitive and missed some rounds. Her best finishes were four 21st places, at Salzburg, the Nürburgring and Oschersleben. She made one start in the Formel König Interserie Challenge at Lausitz, but did not finish. In 2002, she returned to Formel König, but did not make much more of an impact. She was 26th. After 2002, she does not seem to have raced.

Marlene Dietrich - not the late film legend, but a German driver. She began racing in saloons, finishing 26th in the 2005 Volkswagen Polo Trophy. She was 21st the following year, before switching to single-seaters, in the form of Formula BMW ADAC. Driving for Team Zinner, she was 21st at the end of the year. Driving for a different team, she entered the Northern European Formula Renault series in 2008. Her best finish was thirteenth, at Alastaro, and she was a modest 21st overall. After a long break from motorsport, she returned in 2011, contesting the Austrian Formula Renault series. She does not appear to have driven in all rounds, and had a best result of fifth. This was achieved in the last round, at Hockenheim.

Ina Fabry - 2002 Austrian Formula Masters champion. This was followed up by two part-seasons in German F3, with the Wöss team, with a best finish of ninth, at the Nürburgring, in 2003. Her 2004 attempt consisted of just two races, again at the Nürburgring. Ina has raced single-seaters in Germany since 1999, spending three years in German Formula BMW and briefly trying her hand at Formula Renault. Her best BMW result came in 2001, when she was 17th in the championship. Prior to her car racing exploits, she was a karter from the age of eight and won several races. Budget problems have kept her from active participation since 2004, although she hopes to return and still works in motorsport.

Angelique Germann - German driver who was racing in national-level Formula 3 in 2014, in the mostly Eastern European-based Remus F3 Cup. Her car was a Dallara 305 Opel, run by her father’s racing team. Her best finishes have been two ninth places, at Poznan, and another two top-tens at Salzburg. Previously, she raced an NSU TT in historic events, from at least 2012. She continued to race a Formula 3 car in 2015, and entered the Europa Formula, based in Austria. Her best result seems to have been a 17th place, at Brno. In 2016, she took her racing further, entering the Central European Zone F3 championship and the Remus F3 Pokal. She performed well in both series, winning a Pokal race at Lausitz and finishing fifth in the championship. She was sixth in the CEZ championship, with a best finish of fifth. 

Michelle Halder – young German driver competing in the ADAC Formula 4 series. Her best result in 2015 was a 20th place, in the last round of the season, at Hockenheim. Her final championship position was 47th, and 19th in the Rookie standings. She was driving for the Engstler team. 2015 was her first year of senior competition, despite only being sixteen years old. Previously, she was active in karting from 2012, with increasing success. She is from a motorsport family, and her brother also races. Another Formula 4 season beckoned for 2016, for Engstler. It turned out to be a part-season, and her best finish was 24th, at Hockenheim and Oschersleben. 

Lena Heun - former karter from Germany, who has done some single-seater racing in Europe. She made her car debut in 2007, driving in six rounds of the LO Formula Lista Junior championship, nominally a Swiss championship, but running around Europe. Her actual results are proving hard to find, although she may have had some class podiums, and she was 22nd overall. For a long time, she returned to karting, and had considerable success. In 2012, she made her first steps in to Formula Renault, coming second in an Interseries race in a Formula Renault car at Lausitz. She made guest appearances in the two Spa races of the North Europe championship, finishing one race in 26th. In 2013, she was meant to race in the North Europe championship, as part of an all-female team, but this did not happen. She has since returned to karting.

Anja Krause - raced in Germany in 2000 and 2001. She was fifth in the DTC Light series in 2000, driving a Ford Escort RS2000 and finishing in the top five on several occasions. She finished in the top three, three times. In 2001, she switched to single-seaters. She struggled somewhat with Formel König and was 20th overall at the end of the year. After that, she does not appear to have raced at all.

Julia Kuhn – competed in the Formula 3 Euroseries in 2005 and 2006. Her best result was a 17th in 2006; for most of the part-season she was off the pace. Her 2005 season had panned out similarly. Before that, she raced Formula Volkswagens in Germany for one season, and took part in karting. After F3, she moved on to long-distance racing at the Nürburgring, scoring one class win and a third place in a BMW M3. In 2008, she was part of the Porsche Super Sports Cup Endurance series. Her regular co-driver was Carsten Tilke. Unfortunately, a heavy crash at Hockenheim put paid to her season in May. Julia was said to be disappointed, as she had got the 997 set up well and was hoping for good results.

Isabella Lauer – successful German karter who has done some Formula BMW racing. In 2011, she entered the Formula BMW Talent Cup Shootout, and this led to some more racing in the Formula BMW Talent Cup in 2012, at Oschersleben. She was not among the front-runners. Despite testing in Formula Renault and Formula ADAC Masters, she has not been active as a driver since then.

Katja-Isabel Müller - raced single-seaters in Germany in the 1990s. She reached as far as the Formula Opel Euroseries in 1997, after several seasons in Formula König, Formula Opel and Formula BMW. Her best overall result was eighth in the 1994 BMW ADAC Formel Junior Meisterschaft. 1996 was another good season; she was ninth in the German Formula Opel Challenge. She did some saloon racing in 1995 as well, driving a Citroen AX in German Touring Cars. Her season took in the 24-hour races at the Nürburgring and Spa. 

Marylin Niederhauser – Swiss driver who races in Formula 4 in Germany. 2015 was her first year of senior motorsport, having raced karts since 2010, when she was fifteen. The Formula 4 season proved a challenge for her, and her best result was a 22nd place, at the Sachsenring. She did not compete in all of the races this season, and was 49th in the championship, 22nd in the Rookie class. In 2016, she did eight F4 races, and had a best finish of 22nd, at Oschersleben. She is set to move into sportscar racing in 2017.

Carrie Schreiner – former karter with two German championships under her belt, now taking her first steps in senior-level motorsport. She tested a Formula 4 car in the UK at the end of 2014, with a view to competing in the Winter Series, but did not take up the drive. In 2015, she raced in the German ADAC Formula 4 championship. Her best results have been two 15th places, at Hochenheim and Oschersleben. She was 44th in the championship, and was the best of the three female drivers taking part this year. She managed to race in both British and German F4 in 2016, performing much better in the UK. She managed one fourth place, at Thruxton, and two other top-tens, leaving her 17th in the championship. She struggled in the German series. 

Delia Stegemann - took part in German Formula 3 between 1985 and 1987. Her best result was a 15th place, in 1986. Her cars were a Ralt RT30 and a Martini. Before that, she won the 1982 Ford Fiesta Ladies' Cup. In 1983 and 1985, she did some Formula Ford racing. Her best Formula Ford finish was third at the Nürburgring, in a Royale. She was last active in 1991, when she was 66th in the Nürburgring 24 Hours in a Fiesta XR2. She used the same car in the Fiesta Mixed Cup, sharing it with Josef Venc. They scored one second place.

Jacqueline (Jackie) Weiss – German driver who mostly competes in karting in Europe, but did do two seasons of single-seater racing in 2007 and 2008. In 2007, she raced in Formula Gloria in Italy, and the Formula Cup of Mallorca. Both were run using similar cars. She did not do full seasons, but managed a class fifth in the Mallorca series, thanks to two podium finishes. In 2008, she raced in the Formula BMW Talent Cup, after almost securing a deal for 2007, and having a sponsor drop out. This was another part-season. After 2008, she appears to have struggled to gain enough sponsorship to compete.

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