Ferrari first: Two female racers for the AusGP

Two female racing drivers will make history at the Australian Grand Prix in March, when they grid up for the opening round of the Asia-Pacific Ferrari Challenge.
 
It will be the first time that two female drivers have gridded up for a round of the Asia Pacific leg of the international Ferrari Challenge series, which is raced across three regions globally.
 
Australian Rochelle Gilmore and Thai Kanthicha Chimsiri will be among a 30-car field of identical Ferrari 488 Challenge cars destined to contest two races at the Albert Park Grand Prix track on 14-17 March.
 
Chimsiri will be contesting her third season of the Ferrari 488 Challenge but for former professional cyclist Gimore, it will be her first.
 
“Entering the APAC Ferrari Challenge series will motivate me to keep fit and focussed on a specific goal for 2019. I look forward to expanding my knowledge and familiarization of the Ferrari 488 Challenge car,” Rochelle Gilmore said.
 
After the Grand Prix’s opening round of the 2019 Asia-Pacific Ferrari Challenge, the series will swing through a further five rounds in Malaysia, China, Japan and Singapore, before finishing at the international Grand Final where all three regional series come together, at Mugello in Italy.
 
“If I can stand on a podium and hold a trophy at any of the rounds, I will have exceeded my aspirations for the 2019 APAC series. I can’t wait,” Rochelle Gilmore added.
 
Reflecting the regional basis of the Asia-Pacific Ferrari Challenge leg of the one-make Ferrari competition, this year’s initial Australian Grand Prix entry will see seven drivers from China, six from Japan, four from Hong Kong, three from Australia and two each from Korea and Italy.
 
Indonesia, Thailand, Chinese Taipei, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia and New Zealand have one each, and there’s even an American driver set to race.
 
The opening round of the Asia-Pacific Ferrari Challenge will be conducted at the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2019, 14-17 March.

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