The Women of Australian Motor Sport (WAMS) committee today congratulates Formula Ford racer and WAMS Scholarship holder Caitlin Wood who has been selected to participate in the 2013Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup Evaluation Day in Germany next month.
An initiative of the FIA’s Women in Motorsport Commission(WMC), 12 female drivers from around the world have been chosen by the FIA and WMC to attend the Oschersleben circuit in Germany, where one of those 12 participants will have the chance to be offered a full-time drive in the 2014 Volkswagen Scirocco R Cup season, in either Junior Cup or Pro Cup.
The exclusive Evaluation Day will include theoretical lessons, media training, guided driving with instructors and several free driving sessions with timed laps, and Wood says it’s one of the most exciting opportunities she’s been a part of.
“Mum actually had to wake me up this morning when the email from the FIA came through!” enthused Wood. “She said I was going to Germany and I was half asleep! But I was so excited; I didn’t really know what to say to be honest.
“It’s such a great opportunity to test myself against some of the best female racers in the world. I think it will be a bit daunting because I’m the youngest going to the Evaluation Day as well. But I just have to put that aside and remember that it’s all about experience and having fun. To get to meet these girls and test myself against their abilities will be a great learning curve that’s for sure, but I can’t wait to go.”
Wood, age 16, knows what evaluation events are all about having attended a karting shootout in Geneva in 2010 and only narrowly missing out on a full season in the 2011 CIK FIA Karting Academy Trophy series. The young gun was the third fastest girl at the event and says she will draw on that previous experience to make the most of this new Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup Evaluation Day opportunity in Germany.
“I learnt a lot from that experience in Geneva a few years ago, but that was for karting and since then I’ve stepped up to Formula Ford. It’s been a massive learning curve jumping up to cars but I’m really enjoying it and I’m sure I’ll be taking away a lot of experience that will help me when I’m back racing in Australia.”
The opportunity was open to female karters and/or circuit racers born between the 1st of January 1989 and the 31st of December 1997, and who have shown exceptional results over the past 3 years. After careful consideration of many high calibre applicants, the WAMS Committee put forward nominations for both Wood and 16-year-old karter Tyra Maranik; both of whom earlier this year attended the Australian Motor Sport Foundation’s Elite Driver Development Camp held at the Australian Institute of Sport.
The 12 female racers selected by the WMC to attend theVolkswagen Scirocco R-Cup Evaluation Day in Germany are:
– Caitlin Wood (Australia)
– Naomi Schiff (Belgium)
– Kattlyn Magno (Brazil)
– Karoliina Leppihalme (Finland)
– Lucile Cypriano (France)
– Evelin Kele (Hungary)
– Alessandra Brena (Italy)
– Malgorzata Rdest (Poland)
– Robyn Kruger (South Africa)
– Zoe Wenham (United Kingdom)
– Emilee Tominovich (United States of America)
WAMS wishes Caitlin every success and for updates on her trip, keep an eye on the WAMS website (www.wams.org.au) and the WAMS Facebook page (www.facebook.com/WomenOfAustralianMotorsport) over the coming weeks.