Shannons pit reporters chat FIA Girls on Track

Former RSEA Safety Motorsport Australia Rally Champion Molly Taylor and Triple Eight Racing’s Jessica Dane are excited about the opportunities the new-look FIA Girls On Track program will provide in the near future.

Answering fans’ questions live via Motorsport Australia’s Instagram channel, the duo touched on a broad range of topics including the new and improved FIA Girls on Track initiative, their careers in the sport and the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships, where the duo will feature as part of the Seven Network’s broadcast later this year.

Both Dane and Taylor will continue on as FIA Girls On Track Ambassadors, with the program to showcase all aspects of motorsport to young schoolgirls through a number of different activity days, excursions and school programs.

Previously known as Dare To Be Different, Dane says the new FIA Girls on Track brand is an exciting opportunity for young Australian girls.

“Dare to be Different has been an exciting program to part of and now it’s rebranded to Girls on Track, which is great,” Dane said.

“They are similar programs and now with Dare to be Different being absorbed by the FIA, we are part of this big global initiative now.

“Girls on Track goes around the world activating a number of events, including Formula E, as well as running school workshops. It’s fantastic knowing that Australia can now be part of that initiative.”

As one of the Dare to Be Different’s original ambassadors in Australia, Taylor revealed how proud she was to be part of it and believed initiatives like that can have positive impacts on women in the sport.

“I remember one of my first events which was at the Australian Grand Prix and we were in the Triple Eight’s garage for one of the tours run by Jess,” Taylor said.

“It was amazing seeing the girls’ faces light up when seeing the inside of a sport they didn’t know much about and recognise how cool it is.

“And that’s why we do it. That’s why we do it the crazy life style and long hours. It’s because we love it so much so to be able to see the spark light for young people and inspire them is so cool to witness.

“You remember yourself what it was like when you were young and had those moment, so to see it someone else have those experiences is just so cool.”

Information on Motorsport Australia’s FIA Girls on Track is available at motorsport.org.au/GirlsOnTrack