Innovative motorsport program puts women in the drivers seat of their own lives
Are you a passenger in your own life? Does your career feel like it’s stuck in a traffic jam? Then it’s time to put the foot down and pick up the PACE – that’s Performance, Achievement, Confidence and Empowerment.
Australia’s leading ambassador for women in motorsport Yvette Kinkade is launching the Women’s PACE Project for 2021. The Women’s PACE Project is a unique program that combines the sport of performance driving with personal development. Champion drivers Charlotte Poynting and Emily Duggan are the Guest Driver Coaches, sharing both practical skills behind the wheel and their inspiring stories of success.
Charlotte Poynting, the first woman to ever win a major race in her rookie year, was last year crowned Women’s Champion in the Aussie car series. Emily Duggan has made history smashing down gender barriers and in 2017 was a Cosmopolitan Magazine Sports Women of the Year finalist. “I push the boundaries, so there are no boundaries left to keep girls from achieving anything they dream of,” says Emily.
You don’t need to aspire to be spraying champagne about on the winner’s podium though, with the program tailored for drivers of all abilities. Under their expert guidance, and using the Wakefield Park race track, known as one of the safest in the southern hemisphere, women will not only test the limits of their own cars but their own limiting beliefs about what is possible. “The Women’s PACE Project is customised to each participant ensuring it’s a great fit and relevant to the rate you want to grow,” says Yvette Kinkade.
A race car driver herself, Yvette took her own negative experiences in this male-dominated field and turned them into power-packed positives, rising through the ranks of grass-roots motorsports to become the only woman operator of Track Days in Australia and a passionate advocate for women in motorsport.
“The Women’s PACE Project was born from my deep desire to ensure track days and motorsport were accessible and way more welcoming for women,” she says. “The program fosters confidence and achievement through participation, education, mindset, mentorship and community. Participants are empowered to spotlight their brilliance and be the best version of themselves, both on and off the track”.
An initiative of the Track Day Club, which Yvette founded a decade ago to provide inclusive experiences for drivers of varying abilities to enjoy driving on actual race tracks, the Women’s PACE Project is a five-part series commencing on Saturday 1 May in Sydney. “We take driving your car from the mundane to exhilarating and empower you to unleash your confidence and explore your potential”.
The Women’s PACE Project
Sat 1 May – Sun 25 July
Wakefield Park Raceway and other locations
Bookings: Track Day Club Website