Sunday, 7 August 2016

Female Drivers at the Macau Grand Prix


Tatiana Calderon in 2014

The Macau Grand Prix is the longest-standing motorsport event in Asia. It started life as a motorised treasure hunt, then became a sportscar race, before evolving into a single-seater event. It ran under Formula Libre rules from 1961 to 1973, then becoming part of the Formula Pacific championship in 1974. Since 1983, it has been a Formula 3 race, and has been contested by Formula One hopefuls from around the world, including Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher.

The race is held on the Guia street circuit in Macau, a Chinese special territory. Speeds reached at Macau are can be extremely high due to the circuit’s long straights. As well as the single-seater race, the event hosts a major touring car race (previously the finale of the WTCC), a motorcycle Grand Prix and a number of support races for saloons, sportscars and local single-seater formulae.

Women drivers have been a distinct rarity throughout the history of the Grand Prix. More have contested the Guia touring car race, or the other support races, and there have even been pro-am women’s races on the bill in the past. Anne Wong won the touring car race in 1970, in a Mini. However, only a handful of female drivers have contested the blue-riband Grand Prix. 

Below is a list. It may be added to in future, as the results for the earlier runnings of the race are not easy to find.

1976
Diana Poon  - DNF?

1980
Desiré Wilson (Ralt RT1) – 6th

1983
Cathy Muller (Ralt RT3) – 12th

2014
Tatiana Calderon (Dallara-Mercedes) – 13th

(Image from www.tatianacalderon.com)


1 comment:

  1. In 1976, Diana Poon competed in the Macau Grand Prix alongside her husband Albert - the first time that a husband and wife pair competed together in the Grand Prix.

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