Doriane Pin wins FFSA Volant d'Or Award
Doriane Pin was awarded the 'Volant d'Or' at the FFSA prize giving in Paris, accepting the French Federation's prestigious award following a hugely successful season with Iron Dames.
Doriane Pin's 2022 season was certainly a stellar one - having been crowned Ferrari Challenge Europe champion and collecting other prestigious race victories as part of the Iron Dames squad, such as the historic class win at the 24 Hours of Spa Francorchamps.
In just a few years, 18-year-old Pin has taken the world of GT racing by storm and there is no doubt that the young Frenchwoman will continue to make headlines as part of the revolutionary Italian team, whatever her next racing plans will be.
Following tonight's FFSA prize giving ceremony in Paris, the French Motorsport Association decided to officially recognize Doriane's outstanding season, presenting her with the prestigious 'Volant d'Or' Award - the golden steering wheel that is handed out to the Performer of the Year. Pin joins the list of winners that include F1 drivers and legends of the sport.
“I’m so happy to have won this award. This has been a great year for me with the Iron Dames and this is a special way to remember it" - Doriane said, while she accepted the award on stage at the UNESCO headquarters, in Paris.
“The project has helped me get to where I am today and I can’t thank them enough", Pin continued. "They’ve helped me gain such valuable experience so early in my career."
“The whole project’s success this year shows how important it is to give women an opportunity in motorsport. When we work together as well as we do, we’ve shown we can compete and win in a male-dominated sport. It’s been a special year.”
Pin rounded out a sterling campaign in Ferrari Challenge Europe with 9 race victories, 13 podiums, 10 pole positions; made her debut in European Le Mans Series at Barcelona and was part of the crew that claimed victory at the Portimao season finale - another milestone achievement for the Iron Dames project. She also famously entered the 24 Hours of Spa, the biggest GT3 race on the planet, alongside teammates Rahel Frey, Michelle Gatting and Sarah Bovy, securing Gold Cup victory at the team's first ever participation.
“I am very proud of Doriane for all she has achieved this year", stated Deborah Mayer, founder of the Iron Dames project and now President of the FIA Women In Motorsport Commission. "Through her talent, professionalism, progress and results, she has established herself as one of the best young hopefuls at the highest international level."
"The rise of Doriane is magnificent proof that with the right support, determination and ambition, women can achieve anything in motorsport" - Mayer said, having also chaired a joint meeting of the FIA and FIM Women In Motorsport conference in London on the same day.
"The Iron Dames project is always working to nurture young talents, and with Doriane as a shining example, we want to encourage more women into motorsport, both on and off the track."