Katherina Legge to become first female to try A1 car

Sat, 3 December 2005, 01:04

A1 Team Great Britain will be breaking new ground next weekend at the A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Dubai when it sends Katherine Legge out in its car. The British team will thus be the first to field a female driver.

Despite finishing a fine third overall in this year’s North American Toyota Atlantic Championship, it has been only in the past week that this 25-year-old has hit the headlines, doing so by testing for the Minardi Formula 1 team at Vallelunga. In so doing, she became the first female racer to try a Formula One car for more than a decade.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to gain experience and represent my country,” enthused Katherine. “”I’m massively grateful to John Surtees and the team for the chance. It’ll be really interesting to see how the A1, Champ Car and Formula 1 cars compare. I’ve been watching the A1GP races with interest and am looking forward to getting behind the wheel.”

With the luxury of two extra test sessions at the Dubai event, A1 Team Great Britain will run Katherine on the Friday morning before regular driver Robbie Kerr takes over for the remainder of the meeting.

Team Principal John Surtees is delighted that the deal has come together: “Katherine was one of the drivers on our list who we didn’t get to test before the start of the season, so we’re taking the opportunity of the extra sessions to assess her in the car.”

Press release
A1 Team Great Britian

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