Holden is exploring a wide range of ways to add a female drive into one of their 14 entries in the Supercars Championship, to align with their marketing campaign ‘Supporting Equality’.
The iconic Australian manufacturer wants to join Nissan, by having a female driver in one of their cars, like the Japanese manufacturer has with Swiss Simona de Silvestro according to a report on the Supercars website.
The manufacturer did have two female racers in their ranks previously in the Dunlop Super2 Series, Renee Gracie last year and Chelsea Angelo back in 2016, who both raced for Dragon Motor Racing but didn’t complete the full season.
Not forget the now older-female racer Leanne Tander who would have Holden connections through her husband Garth Tander. Both Tander and Angelo are contracted with Porsche.
However, Holden has shown some interest in getting the Australian Rally Championship star Molly Taylor into the new-SuperUtes category which Holden has a factory-backed team, but her current factory Subaru deal has prevented that from happening.
“We’ve had a few chats with a couple of teams to see what we can do to bring a female up through the ranks, but there’s nothing to confirm yet,” Harland told the Supercars website.
“We’re looking at SuperUtes as a great way to develop some drivers. If we have someone like Simona, who is at that Supercar level, then absolutely we would do that [put them straight into Supercars].”
“If that’s not possible, because there are only a few people capable of that, then bringing someone up and developing someone like our 15-year-old [Tomas Gasperak] through SuperUtes is a great way to do that as well.”
“Bringing females through the ranks – drivers, engineers, things like that – is good.”
“We want to find that balance, but at the end of the day, whoever is in the car on any given weekend, that’s who we’re supporting.”
“I think you’ve got to look at how you can develop young people and women and bring them into the sport. That’s not only good for Holden, but it’s good for Supercars as well.”