We aim to inspire the next generation to smash preconceptions and prejudices, raising the curtain on a new era in which daring to do something different is praised and encouraged.
We aim to connect girls and young women who have ‘dared to be different’ and are willing to spark change.
We aim to showcase those who have dared to be different and are role models of change
CAMS has joined forces with Susie Wolff and the Dare To Be Different team to launch the program in Australia.
The initiative will help young girls from around Australia to understand the opportunities that await them in the motor sport industry, whether it is as a driver, engineer, mechanic or one of the many other roles in a growing industry.
Former Formula 1 development driver Susie Wolff formed Dare To Be Different in 2016 alongside Rob Jones, CEO of the UK's Motor Sport Association.
The not-for-profit organisation aims to inspire and celebrate women in every aspect of motorsport.
Dare To Be Different also hopes to change the preconceptions of a male-dominated sport by increasing participation of women to spark change.
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AMBASSADORS OF DARE TO BE DIFFERENT AUSTRALIA
Betty Klimenko – Team Owner Erebus Motorsport
Betty Klimenko broke the mould when she entered the Supercars Championship in 2013. All tattoos, black boots, and bleached hair, Betty was conceived in a Kings Cross jail cell and orphaned at seven weeks of age.
The popular motorsport matriarch has since set a new standard for accessibility, providing glimpses of behind-the-scenes action to her fans. A shake-up at the beginning of 2016 saw Betty surrounded by new drivers, race cars, and many new faces when she moved her team from Queensland to Victoria. Fast forward 18-months and she not only conquered the Mountain, but every powerhouse garage further up pit lane.
Bathurst is just the latest chapter in Betty’s incredible life story, and with a long-term plan for her team, the sole female Team Owner vows she won’t give up on taking the fight to the bigger teams.
“It is a pleasure to be part of Dare To Be Different,” Klimenko said.
“So many people ask what it is like to be a woman in motorsport, and I don’t see myself differently to any male.
“I was the first female team owner to enter the sport off my own bat, the first one to win Bathurst; just because I’m the first doesn’t mean I should be the last.
“I think it’s important young girls understand they can make an impact in a male dominated industry.
“People are defined by their ability to do the job not what sex they are."
Molly Taylor – Rally Car Driver
Subaru do Motorsport team driver Molly Taylor became the first female and youngest winner of the Australian Rally Championship in 2016.
Growing up in a motorsport family, an interest in rallying was inevitable, with Molly’s mother Coral a four-time Australian Rally Champion co-driver. However, it wasn’t until a later age, working at her father Mark rally school in the holidays that Molly tried driving a rally car herself.
She won the F16 class in the Australian Rally Championship in 2006, backing the victory up again in 2007.
Following that, Molly moved overseas at age 20 with very little money or resources to follow her dream to become a professional rally driver.
Supported by the Australian Motor Sport Foundation’s International Rising Star program, she won three of the six events she contested in the 2009 Suzuki Swift Sport Cup, also becoming the British Ladies rally champion in the process. She took that title again in 2010 along with finished 3rd in the Citroen Racing Trophy.
In 2011 she was selected as one of six drivers globally to be part of the Pirelli Star Driver Program, giving her a scholarship to compete in the World Rally Championship Academy, where she took out her maiden stage win in the category.
In 2013 Molly competed in the European Rally Championship, where she won the European Ladies Championship and her results also elevated her to World Rally Rankings Number 1 International Female Rally Driver. In 2014 Molly took on four rounds of the Junior World Rally Championship. She also became the first female to achieve a podium position in the Junior WRC’s history, finishing third in the prestigious Rally Finland.
In 2015 Molly became the first female to win a round of the Australian Rally Championship and finished second overall in the series. In 2016 she went one better, winning the Championship as part of the Subaru do Motorsport team. Molly’s achievements that year also included winning one of the most prestigious awards in Australian motorsport, the Peter Brock Medal, named in honour of the late touring car legend.
"It's both an honour and very exciting to be part of Dare to be Different. There's a whole world of opportunities in motorsport, and how far you take it ultimately comes down to your desire and work ethic, not gender. To be able to help other girls experience the thrill of the sport and share that same passion is something pretty special."
Simona De Silvestro – Professional Race Car Driver
I caught the racing bug real young. My dad says, as a baby, the only time I was quiet was when racing was on TV. He gave a go-kart demonstration at his car dealership when I was four. I got really excited and wanted to drive, but I couldn’t reach the pedals. I threw a big tantrum and cried, so my dad put me on his knees and drove me around.
A couple of years later, he bought me my own go- kart. That’s how it started. I played other sports growing up, but racing is what I always wanted to do. It’s my happy place.
“Gender doesn’t matter when you’re going 225 km/h into a turn.”
Official Website: http://simonadesilvestro.com
Romy Mayer – Performance & Data Engineer at Red Bull Holden Racing Team
I was always good in maths and physics but didn’t dare to jump into the engineering world first. I didn’t know what to expect from engineering, what possibilities are out there or if I can succeed in this “man’s world”. One Sunday afternoon I was watching F1 at home on the TV. I saw the engineers in their work environment and knew I want to be part of that world.
After graduating in Automotive Engineering from Esslingen University of Applied Science in Germany I started working as a data engineer with the Mercedes DTM Team at HWA in 2010.
In 2015 I decided I want to see what motorsport is like on the other side of the world and packed my bags when I got a job with Red Bull Holden Racing Team in Australia. Since then we won two Driver’s Championships. It is very rewarding to know that through my work I made contribution to this success. It is not always easy working in a male dominated environment, but having a goal always helped me to achieve what I wanted.
“Being an ambassador for D2BD I hope we can show girls from young age that there are amazing women in this motorsport world. It’s about opening doors and showing them that they have all the support they need if they dare to be different. I wish someone would have showed me earlier how cool it is to be an engineer. I’m proud that I can the support younger generation with this program.”
FOUNDERS OF DARE TO BE DIFFERENT
“When I decided to hang up my helmet I also decided I wanted to give something back. I called Rob Jones at the MSA who immediately had the same enthusiasm and passion.”
Wolff began her racing career in 2002, competing for Team DFR in the Roumara Renault UK Series.
Two years later, the British driver placed in fifth position overall finishing on the podium three times.
In 2014, Wolff was the first woman to take part in a Formula One race weekend in 22 years, debuting in the British Grand Prix practice runs.
In 2016, she retired from motor sport with the mission of increasing women’s involvement in the sport.
“The great thing about motor sport is that it offers everyone the chance to compete together on a level playing field, regardless of their age or gender.”
Since 1984, Jones has held a competition license, competing in rally as both a driver and co-driver as well as in circuit racer.
Formally, a solicitor in Cardiff and West Wales, Jones joined the Motor Sports Association in 2006 where he was appointed CEO in 2014.
Jones has also held a high position at the FIA, chairing the Ethics Committee in 2014.