Testing times as Jodie eyes up Brands Hatch debut

Former Formula One champion Damon Hill dropped by to say hi at one of Jodie's training sessions.

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Taynuilt motor racer Jodie Sloss is gearing up to compete in her first race at the end of the month.

The 20-year-old joined the Formula Woman DTO Motorsport team in March having been selected through an international competition where 960 women with little or no racing experience were put through various tests including simulator, karting, fitness, mind coaching and ice driving in Sweden to become drivers in the 2022 GT Cup Championship.

Jodie will compete as part of a team of four and two reserves who will drive the  McLaren GT4 Supercar during televised events on motor racing circuits throughout Great Britain.

The programme is being promoted by F1 director and chief executive officer of Formula Woman Graeme Glew and supported by the DTO Motorsport team based at Donington Park.

Jodie takes the McLaren GT4 for a spin.

Last Tuesday saw all six drivers attend their first test outing with DTO Motorsport at Donington Park giving the Formula Woman drivers their first taste of McLaren GT4 power.

Also in attendance at the test as a guest of DTO was 1996 F1 World Champion Damon Hill.

‘It was a phenominal day,’ she said. ‘It was amazing to talk to Damon and great getting on the track in the McLaren.

‘The feedback from the three professional driver coaches was all very positive. There is still some work to do before the next round of the GT Cup, but overall it was a positive and trouble-free day.’

Having spent last weekend at home with her family, Jodie will now continue with her intense training programme to get the team to the next target – the Brands Hatch Grand Prix on April 30 and May 1.

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.

Jodie not only represents Scotland and the rise of women in motorsport, but also aims to follow in a long line of Scottish greats. Earlier this month she was interviewed by Kheredine Idessane for BBC Sport Scotland tonight.

‘I love talking about this amazing opportunity for woman in motorsports and my exciting season in this year’s GT cup as a young Scottish driver,’ she said.

Jodie takes great pride in letting everyone she meets know of her Argyll roots and to talk about the small village near Oban where she comes from. She is also open to connecting with future partners and support.

To find out more about Formula Woman visit www.formulawoman.co.uk