Swiss team Kessel Racing will enter the first ever women-only driver line-up with a Ferrari 488 GTE to compete in the European Le Mans Series this year.
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Italian Manuela Gostner (34), Swiss Rahel Frey (32) and Danish Michelle Gatting (26) will share a Ferrari F488 GTE in the series this year with their first appearance being at the Paul Ricard tests in April. The three women are no strangers to each other having raced together in the Abu Dhabi 12 Hours last December, finishing sixth overall and second in the Am class.
In line with the strategy of the FIA Women in motorsport, the team’s participation in the ELMS this year has been possible, once again, to Deborah Mayer.
Driven by her passion for cars, challenges and the will to conceive something new and innovative in motorsport, Mayer commented:”I’m very happy and proud to be leading this project. It’s the start of a wonderful and lasting adventure.”
Kessel Racing will also field a second Ferrari GTE which will be driven by Claudio Schiavone, Andrea Piccini and Sergie Pianezzola.
After winning the 2018 Michelin Le Mans Cup title in GT3 with Giacomo Piccini and Sergio Pianezzola, the team has also earned an auto entry for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the GTE Am class. Whether this entry will feature a full female line-up is still unclear at the moment. If so, there is a chance we might see 2 female driver line-ups in June as it is believed that Michael Shank Racing will apply for an entry in the Am class with their Daytona drivers.