Qatari ASN offers Cross Country opportunity


Words: Charmaine Fortune

South Africa female competitors have been invited to take part in a selection camp that would see a female competitor win a fully sponsored drive in the 2016 Sealine Cross Country Rally in Qatar.

South African Ladies who could enter the challenge

Photo credit: Keino Davie

The selection camp, an initiative by the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) in association with the FIA Women In Motorsport Commission (WIMC), aims to support and promote the participation of women in motorsport.

FIA National Sporting Authorities (ASNs) have been invited to nominate competitors between the ages of 18 and 35 to take part in the five-day training session in Doha, Qatar, in November this year. The selection camp will combine practical testing and an educational programme. At the completion of the camp a driver and co-driver will be chosen to compete in the Sealine Cross Country Rally next year.

“The selection camp is an exciting opportunity by Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) and we are hoping a number of South African competitors will show an interest,” said SANORA CEO Richard Schilling who also heads the FIA Cross Country Commission. “Cross country racing in South Africa plays an influential role in the sport on an international basis, and it would be great to see this influence spread to female competitors in this country.

“SANORA will do all it can to support female competitors who would like to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the selection camp.”

A number of female competitors are currently active in the Donaldson Cross Country Championship, and in the Northern Regions and KwaZulu-Natal regional championships. The next round of the Donaldson national series is the Nkomazi 450, based in Malalane, in Mpumalanga on August 7 and 8.