Sophia Florsch: German driver to be in all-female Le Mans 24-hour team

Sophia Florsch
Sophia Florsch is to be the first woman to race in the Formula 3 series

An all-female team including Sophia Florsch will compete at this year's Le Mans 24-hour race.

June's race will take place less than two years after German Formula 3 driver Florsch, 19, survived a huge 170mph crash at the Macau GP, after which she needed surgery on a fractured spine.

She will line up with Alfa Romeo F1 test/development driver Tatiana Calderon and Briton Katherine Legge.

They will drive in the LMP2 category for Richard Mille's Racing Oreca team.

Florsch said on social media: "Yes! I am racing this high class superduper motorsport event. Ready to rumble girls."

The car doesn't know the difference between male and female drivers - Legge

Legge, 39, is an experienced sportscar driver who has competed in the Daytona 24 Hours event in America in all-female line-ups for the past two years.

Calderon, 26, raced in Formula 2 - Formula 1's undercard series - last season for the Arden team.

They all currently compete in the Oreca car in the European Le Mans Series of endurance racing.

The Le Mans 24-hour race is one of motorsport's biggest events, which sees many top drivers competing.

Last year's race was won by a team including two-time F1 world champion Fernando Alonso.

The 2019 event also saw the first all-female line-up compete in the famous race, finishing in 39th place.

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