Laura Camps Torras wins second "Girls on Track" edition, joins Ferrari Driver Academy
Spanish 16-year-old Laura Camps Torras is the second winner of the FIA Girls on Track initiative and will join Ferrari Driver Academy for a F4 season.
Spanish driver Laura Camps Torras, 16, was announced as the winner of the second edition of the FIA Women In Motorsport-supported "Girls On Track – Rising Stars" program and will thus be signed by the prestigious Ferrari Driver Academy, becoming the second female driver in the Italian team's line up.
The program was launched in 2020, with the aim of developing female participation at grassroots levels. Maya Weug won the first edition and went on to make her single seater debut in Italian Formula 4 championship with Iron Dames/Iron Lynx.
"We have seen potential from developing young racers throughout the second edition of FIA Girls on Track – Rising Stars, and it is so important we can help them take another step in a professional and structured environment." – commented FIA Women in Motorsport President Michéle Mouton.
Ayoub will also enter a Formula 4 championship under the FDA mentorship as part of the deal, with Iron Dames confirming its partnership with the program.
In October, the FIA Women In Motorsport commission revealed the 8 finalists for the 2021 edition, which included for the first time a junior category (11 to 13).
Among the four Senior finalists, two were Spanish – confirming the growth of the national karting movement, especially in female entries, in the past couple of years.
After a first selection out of 71 drivers, 28 advanced into the second step in October. Eight of them for each category continued their dreams in a further training camp. Both the Junior and Senior class participated in a training camp focused on driving technique, physical training and communication skills; the Senior category stepped in the Formula 4 cars for the shoot-out. Julia Ayoub, Clarissa Dervic, Laura Camps and Victoria Blokhina advanced to the final stage.
At the Formula Scouting Camp, the finalists spent five days at Maranello, where they were assessed by the FDA personnel and trained at the Ferrari headquarters. All the drivers lapped in the Iron Lynx Tatuus F4 car at the Fiorano circuit, also coached by Iron Dames drivers Maya Weug and Rahel Frey, in a two-day test.
Camps Torras emerged as the winner and was announced in a FIA online conference.
Laura became a karting driver at the age of ten and has raced ever since. This year, Laura competed in the Spanish Championship with Faluga Racing team in the KZ class. In 2020, she claimed her main victory at the Valencian Karting Championship, at the Lucas Guerrero de Chiva International circuit.
The Catalan driver had her first outing in a F4 at Le Castellet during the shootout and, by joining the FDA family, will now make her single-seater racing debut.