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Taynuilt’s Jodie Sloss is to become a girl racer in an official sense after being selected from around 1,000 applications worldwide to be part of a four woman racing team.
Last Friday the 20-year-old was announced as one of the Formula Woman DTO Motorport GT4 drivers to compete in this year’s GT Cup – a 26-race championship at UK circuits.
Speaking to The Oban Times earlier this week, Jodie said: ‘Friday was a day I’ll never forget,’ she said. ‘The whole weekend has been surreal.’
With no track experience, Jodie – a self employed network marketing investor – took part in the first assessments at Knockhill last November where she received on track training in the award-winning all electric Vauxhall Corsa-e. She also took part in karting, simulator training, fitness and mental performance programmes and written tests.
Seventy five finalists were selected for three days of eliminations at PF International and Croft Circuit. Ten finalists and one wildcard then progressed to the shootout in Sweden last week.
‘I found the competition through social media and when I entered I had no clear target. I just wanted to see where it would take me,’ said Jodie.
‘I have always loved anything to do with cars and during the process found I had a natural ability for racing.’
Jodie began her Formula Woman journey this week when she travelled to join her team in Donington to prepare for the first GT Cup race on the Donington Park Circuit at the beginning of April when she will be on the grid with male and female drivers.
‘We are all just racing drivers and whether you are male or female should never be questioned,’ she said.
‘I would love for more women to get involved in motorsport. Formula Woman has given me a clear path so that I know where I can go. Even the girls that didn’t get one of the four seats still receive guidance and opportunities.’
DTO Motorsport has followed the Journey of the Formula Woman closely and will support the group on the next part of the journey.
Dani Jordan, DTO Motorsport co-founder and head of brand, commented: ‘We have already built a reputation for advocating women in motorsport, so we’re extremely excited to have been chosen to support the Formula Woman race team in the GT Cup.
‘The women have proven to be level-headed, committed and have shown natural talent throughout the competition and we love we’re able to support them during this early stage of their careers. The real work is about to begin.’
Jodie’s progress will also be closely followed by dad Colin Sloss, mum Emma Smith and older brother Stewart Sloss.
‘My family have been a great support in this and I can’t wait to show them what I can do,’ she said.
Jodie will be joined by fellow winners Erika Hoffmann, Canada; Anushriya Gulati, India; and Sara Misir, Jamaica, on the GT4 team. The reserve drivers are Amy Riley and Steph Sore, both from England.
To find out more about Formula Woman visit https://www.formulawoman.co.uk/
Photograph: 20-year-old Jodie Sloss from Taynuilt has joined the DTO Motorport GT4 drivers team. NO_T11_JodieSloss_FormulaWoman1