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Plans revealed for women’s motorsport series

Plans are being drawn up for a new women’s motor-racing series, which could potentially debut in 2019.

UK news agency the Press Association, citing a document that circulated earlier in the year, reported that the series would comprise six races. Five races would be in Europe and one in America.

An unnamed London-based company is said to have provided financial backing for the project, and the PA said that organisers hope the series would be second only to the men’s Formula One world championship in motorsport circles within three years of launching.

The series would take place in the summer, and a number of broadcasters have reportedly already expressed an interest in showcasing the championship.

The series had initially been given the name of SHE Championship, although this has now been scrapped as it proved unpopular with the female racers approached.

A spokesman for the organisers told the PA: “There will be no announcement for a number of months as we are undertaking a lot of research and completing our strategy. Starting something from scratch takes an enormous amount of time to get right.”

Italian Lella Lombardi was the last woman to enter an F1 race when she drove in the 1976 Austrian Grand Prix. Britain’s Susie Wolff (pictured), who is married to Toto Wolff, executive director of F1 team Mercedes, was a development and reserve driver for Williams and took part in four grands prix practice sessions.