Ricciardo’s Racers and FIA Girls on Track have continued to excel in 2021 with the latest events at Sydney Motorsport Park proving a hit once again amongst the participants.
A sold-out Ricciardo’s Racers was first up with the Driving Solutions team, along with regular instructors in Andre Heimgartner and Lachlan Dalton, teaching the young Aussies the basic essentials of driving.
The following day, FIA Girls on Track took place with a number of influential motorsport women helping run the day’s activities, including Triple Eight Racing’s Jessica Dane, Motorsport Australia official Jessica Nicholson and Aussie Racing Car Super Series driver Charlotte Poynting.
While the participants took part in regular activities, they were also treated to a special tour of the Triple Eight garages with the Supercars Championship holding the second of four consecutive rounds at Sydney Motorsport Park.
It wasn’t the first time Girls on Track has taken place at Sydney Motorsport Park this year with the program also running there as part of the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships in May.
And attending both sessions, as well as Ricciardo's Racers, was 15-year-old Zara Horn – a budding driver with a dream of racing open wheelers in the future.
Horn has always had the burning desire to race and attending the May’s Girls on Track fuelled the fire even more after she had an excellent time learning about the different aspects of motorsport.
Following the program, the rookie karter then approached her school, who helped her create a plan for the next step in her motorsport journey. Part of the school’s plan was to enrol Horn for the Motorsport Mechanics class at Sydney Secondary Catholic College as Vocational Education and Training due to her own school not offering any automotive classes.
When she attended Girls on Track earlier this month, she was once again left in awe of the program as Dane and the rest of the women running the session inspired her to continue down the pathway.
“I had a really good time at both Girls on Track sessions and I learned so much each time,” Horn said.
“I think my favourite part was listening to the stories of these women about how they got into motorsport – especially Molly Taylor in May and then Jess this time around.
“The tour at Triple Eight Racing was really cool and it just made me want to continue in the sport. I would definitely like to volunteer in some capacity in the future.
“I can’t wait until the next one and I would really recommend it to any girls looking to try something different because it was just informative, but it was fun too.”