Marylin Niederhauser is a Swiss driver who mainly competes in sportscar racing, having spent some time as a teenager in single-seaters.
Her first car races were in Formula 4 in Germany, driving for the Race Performance team. 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. The team did not retain her services for 2016.
In 2016, she did eight F4 races for Rennsport Rossler, a new team to the championship. She had a best finish of 22nd again, at Oschersleben this time. After the fourth round, she parted company with Rossler, apparently amicably. She returned for the season finale with Lechner Motorsport, an Austrian team, but did not qualify.
Sensibly, she moved into sportscar racing in 2017, driving a KTM X-Bow in the GT4 European Series. She was part of an all-female Reiter team with Naomi Schiff and Caitlin Wood and they raced together in the championship’s Silver Cup. Her best result was sixth, at the Slovakiaring, one of four top-ten finishes, and she was 26th in the championship. The three had teamed up with Anna Rathe in the X-Bow for January’s 24 Hours and finished in 16th place.
Still in the X-Bow but mostly driving solo, she was one of the leading Pro-Am drivers in the 2018 Central Europe GT4 Cup, winning at Most and the Nurburgring and finishing second at Most, on the way to championship second, just five points behind winner Rob Severs.
At the end of 2018, Marylin attempted to restart her single-seater career in the all-female W Series, but did not make the cut in the first selection, although her erstwhile colleagues Naomi Schiff and Caitlin Wood did. She picked up a drive in the Porsche Sprint Challenge Central Europe shortly afterwards. Her car is a Cayman GT4. At the time of writing, she has performed well in testing and is well within a second of the leading driver.
(Image copyright Marylin Niederhauser)