It was pedal-to-the-metal stuff with Harvey Norman Supergirls Simona De Silvestro and Renee Gracie – the first all-female V8 Supercars driver team to compete at Bathurst’s fabled Mount Panorama track since 1998.
And they performed exceptionally well during Sunday’s race – finishing 14th in a field of 27.
“We are proud to support women in sport and this is a great opportunity at one of Australia’s biggest sporting events”, said CEO Katie Page on Sunday’s start line.
“We want Renee and Simona to be an inspiration to other young females.”
V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton echoed this sentiment.
“We are proud of the critical role women play in our sport, from our fans to our teams and staff at V8 Supercars. We have an obligation to provide a pathway for young females to have the opportunity to compete at the highest level,” he told Bathurst City Life.
It’s been a long, winding road to success for these female V8 Supercar drivers.
Renee Gracie has become somewhat of a trailblazer for women in Australian motor racing. The ex-karting star was the first female to compete in the Australian Porsche Carrera Cup. In just two seasons, she scored five Top 10 results and finished every race she competed in – an impressive record matched only by five-time series champion Craig Baird.
Renee broke more ground in the 2015 Dunlop Series where she was the first full-time female competitor in 14 years.
Swiss-born Simona De Silvestro is a former Formula E and IndyCar driver.
She’s competed in the world-famous Indianapolis 500 five times and is one of only three women in history to have a podium finish. The
In 2016, they drove the Nissan V8 supercar and improved their times and placing on their 2015 debut. 
“We want to inspire other young females that they can do anything in life,” Renee added.
“Motor racing is a sport for all and the Harvey Norman Supergirls entry at Bathurst is proof of that.”
Now that’s what you call “motorvation” for the next generation of fast females in V8 Supercars.