British racer, Charlie Martin is bringing the spirit of Pride Month with her to Silverstone, as the second half of the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge gets underway this weekend.
As a proud ambassador for equality and diversity in sport, Charlie is pushing to record her first win in the championship during Pride Month to inspire fans to celebrate and encourage equality in motorsport.
Following an unavoidable crash at the last outing, where a car spun directly in front of her, Charlie will take to the track this weekend with a new chassis, which will be adorned with the Pride flag. Charlie is encouraging drivers in all categories to follow her example and display the rainbow colours at this race. She has made vinyl Pride flags herself and will be offering them to competitors at the circuit throughout the weekend.
Competing with Richardson Racing – and coached by Abbie Eaton, multiple British Champion and test driver on The Grand Tour – Charlie has notched up three podium finishes in three successive race weekends since she joined the championship.
Charlie Martin said: “Without a doubt, Silverstone is one of those circuits that feels so special to race at. It’s the home of British motorsport and a track that I love. Carrying speed into Copse and Abbey is just breath-taking. I’ve been preparing as best I can for this long and fast circuit as any mistake can really lose you time. After scoring a podium at every race event this season, I feel that the class win is possible with a clean race. That’s what I’ll be aiming for.
“This weekend is even more significant because it takes place during Pride Month. This is a great opportunity to celebrate love, equality and self-pride. I’ll carry the Pride flag on my car this weekend and I’ve made stickers for all drivers competing this weekend who want to do the same. The championship has been extremely supportive in getting the message to my fellow competitors and I hope we’ll see the real spirit of Pride on display this weekend.”
Charlie made her switch to British circuit racing this season, having previously made a name for herself competing in European hill climb events with a Formula Renault single-seater and a Norma M20FC prototype machine. She also stood on the podium at Le Mans last year, finishing third in her debut endurance outing at the Trophee Tourisme Endurance. She is aiming to be the first transgender racing driver to compete at the 24 hours of Le Mans.