British competitors announced for 2022 FIA Girls on Track – Rising Stars
It is not every day that competitors are afforded the chance to potentially join the Ferrari Driver Academy.
Yet for three British competitors – Chloe Chong, Chloe Grant and Macie Hitter – the chance to join one of motorsport’s most coveted driver development programmes is now a very real possibility that is within reach.
The three competitors were recently unveiled as participants for the 2022 FIA Girls on Track – Rising Stars programme following a worldwide search for promising racing talent.
Across the past few months, 146 national sporting authorities (ASNs) were contacted by the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission to help assist with discovering upcoming racing talent. Over 80 nominations were received, but just six senior drivers were selected by the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission to progress to the next stage of the programme at Circuit Paul Ricard in France.
They will be competing against three other international drivers in an all-out battle on track in karts, as well as off track through a number of hands-on workshops, designed to rigorously test the level of knowledge required in the journey to becoming an elite race car driver.
Six will ultimately become four as a result. These four drivers will then be presented with the opportunity to participate in the decisive FIA Ferrari Driver Academy Formula 4 Scouting Camp in November.
The winning senior driver will then have the chance to realise the dream of many drivers across the world: joining the Ferrari Driver Academy and following in the footsteps of the prior two winners, Maya Weug and Laura Camps Torras.
Full developmental training will be afforded to the winner and they will then have the opportunity to put their training into practice by competing in the Italian F4 Championship with the FIA Girls on Track partner, the Iron Dames project.
Macie Hitter, 2022 FIA Girls on Track Rising Star, said:
“After lasts year’s disappointment of testing positive for covid in France, I thought my chance was over. After finding out the amazing news of being one of the selected UK drivers for this year, I could not believe it. I am beyond thankful to everyone at FIA and Motorsport UK for making this possible and I cannot wait for this amazing experience to possibly win a seat in the Italian F4 Championship with Ferrari Driver Academy and Iron Dames.”
Chloe Chong, 2022 FIA Girls on Track Rising Star, added:
“I am so thrilled to have been selected as one of this year’s Rising Stars, something I’ve been working towards for the past couple years. I’m feeling ready and I am so excited to meet some new faces from around the globe! Hopefully I can work my way through to the latter stages of the competition but the ultimate aim for me is to learn and take on as much advice as I can!”
Chloe Grant, 2022 FIA Girls on Track Rising Star, concluded:
“I am very pleased to be selected for the senior category for the Girls on Track Rising Stars Programme, it would be a dream come true to join the Ferrari Driver Academy but I am well aware the worldwide competition for places is extremely competitive. I can’t wait to take to the Circuit Paul Ricard in 4 weeks time! I would also like to thank Motorsport UK as well as FIA Women in Motorsport and their partners: Ferrari Driver Academy, Iron Dames, Pirelli, OMP, Winfield, Circuit Paul Ricard and 321 Performance for this incredible opportunity.”