Lilou Wadoux has been named as the new official Ferrari Competizione GT driver.
The 21 year-old French driver has had a rapid rise in sportscar racing, where she competed in the 2021 Alpine Elf Europa Cup. She had such a success, that Richard Mille Racing Team decided to put her in a LMP2 car for 2022. Richard Mille Racing Team was run by the Signatech team, which is running the Alpine sportscar programme too.
It was announced a few months ago, that the Richard Mille name would disappear after the 2022 season, since the programme which would promote females in motorsport, starting in 2020 with an all-female LMP2 programme, would no longer be continued.
Wadoux got her first try in a Hypercar at the Rookie test in Bahrain, following the FIA World Endurance Championship finale in Bahrain in November, where she tested for Toyota Gazoo Racing.
Later in that day, she jumped into a GTE car for AF Corse – and that will be the task for 2023.
She is going to race for Richard Mille AF Corse in GTE Am – and oh yeah, we know that sponsor already. Luis Perez Companc is the only teammate announced so far for the team, while the final driver isn’t announced yet. With Companc as Bronze rated driver, and Wadoux as Silver rated, it’s possible to run whoever they want – so don’t be surprised if it’s a speedy Ferrari driver, who isn’t already a part of their Hypercar programme.
Lilou Wadoux will be the first female in Ferrari Competizione GT programme. Some of the Iron Dames was on their way to become that, but that programme has moved onto Lamborghini from this year onwards. Doriane Pin will be racing an LMP2 car for Prema Racing in the FIA WEC, with even bigger things to come in the future.
Ferrari also supports the FIA Girls on Track – Rising Stars, which is a programme for young girls, who are active in karting, or on the verge of getting into single seaters.
The first real race will be on 17 March at Sebring International Raceway, where the first round of the FIA World Endurance Championship 2023 will be run.