Sunday, 31 May 2015

Female Single-Seater Drivers Around the World: Austria

Corinna Kamper

There are now enough Austrian single-seater drivers to warrant their own post. Most of the drivers here have been split off from Female Single-Seater Drivers Around the World: Germany, Austria & Switzerland. Claudia Steffek and Osmunde Dolischka have their own profiles.

Corinna Kamper - Austrian racer who began her senior career in 2011, after some years of karting. That year, she used a Formula BMW in two different series: the Intersteps Championship in the UK, and Formula Lista Junior in continental Europe. She did best in Formula Lista, scoring a win in her maiden season, at Monza. She was sixth overall. Her best Intersteps finish was fourth, at Brands Hatch. She was tenth in that championship. In 2012, she moved up to the Northern Europe Formula Renault series, hoping to finish in the top third of the drivers’ table. It proved much harder going. Although she had a good finishing record, her best result was only a twelfth place, at Oschersleben. She was 41st overall. She continued in the series in 2013, driving for Fortec. Her best finishes were fourteenth places, at Spa and Zandvoort. She was 34th overall. In 2014, she raced in Formula Masters in Germany, at two of the meetings, at the Red Bull Ring and Oschersleben. Her best result was ninth, at the Red Bull Ring, which is her home track. She was 16th in the championship, driving in a single-driver team (HS Engineering). She announced her retirement from the track in 2015.

Claudia Kreuzsaler - Austrian Formula Three driver in the 1990s. She entered the German, Austrian and French championships between 1991 and 1995, driving different cars for different teams. During this time, she did not manage a complete season with one team, perhaps due to sponsorship issues. Her best finish was third at Salzburg, in an Austrian race. She was less successful in Germany and France. Her highest overall position was twelfth, in the 1993 German series, although she had only driven in two races.

Bianca Steiner - Austrian driver who has competed across Europe. She began racing in 1994, in Hungary, in the E-2000 Championship. Despite being only fourteen years old at the time, she came fourth. She was ninth in 2005, and that year, she branched out into Formula Junior in Italy, driving for the Hungarian Szsasz team. This arrangement continued in 2006, and she was tenth in the championship. As well as the Italian Junior series, she entered a Formula Renault Winter series, and a few Formula 3000 races with the Coloni Rookies team.
For 2007, her programme was more focused, and she now had her own team. She drove to a disappointing 31st place in Italian Formula Renault, and made a few outings in the Eurocup. In 2008, she moved to the Northern Europe Championship, but did not fare much better. After four races back in the Italian championship in 2009, with a best finish of fourth, she appears to have left the series. She also did some hillclimbing in a Formula Nippon car in 2009.

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