Edgar makes top eight in FIA Girls on Track – Rising Stars Training Camp
Britain’s Jessica Edgar has been named as one of eight aspiring young drivers to claim a place on the second FIA Girls on Track – Rising Stars Training Camp at the Winfield Racing School.
If fifteen-year-old Edgar is successful in the next few stages of the competition, she will be asked to join Ferrari’s prestigious driver training programme in Italy, of which current F1 driver and 2017 F2 Championship winner Charles Leclerc is an alumnus.
Edgar, the youngest member of the Motorsport UK Academy Squad Programme, was joined by fellow Brit Ella Stevens for the gruelling first Training Camp but will now continue alone to compete for the prospect of joining the Ferrari Driver Academy.
Based at Paul Ricard Circuit, the second training camp takes place next month and will see the focus shift from karts to single-seaters and Formula 4 racing, the entry-level motorsport category for young racing drivers.
“My warm congratulations to all the drivers who made it this far; that is an achievement in itself and they should all be proud of that,” commented Michèle Mouton, President of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission, the visionary behind this exciting and innovative talent detection and nurturing programme.
“It has been really interesting to follow their progression over the past few days and see them take in so much advice and knowledge from the coaches. For our eight selected drivers going on to the second Training Camp, I’m sure they will really start to feel the pressure now, but that is all part of being a complete athlete and I wish them every success. I am also really looking forward to seeing how they make the transition from karts to single-seaters in a few weeks’ time.”
Edgar and Stevens joined 19 other young female aged between 12 to 16 from around the world to try to win a place as one of two drivers accepted on a four-year programme, with the ultimate aim of joining Ferrari for an FIA Formula 4 Championship season.