Dare To Be Different

The Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone Circuit saw the 2019 Dare To Be Different Headline Event take place on 10th July, in which Xtrac’s Aislinn Smith volunteered to support the growth of girls and young women in motorsport. Founded by Susie Wolff and the Motor Sports Association (Motorsport UK), the high-profile initiative helps to inspire, connect, showcase and develop women who either currently work in, or want to work in, the motor sport arena.

Local schools were invited to travel to the Porsche Experience Centre on Silverstone’s prestigious circuit and join in on the day to engage the girls in all areas of motorsport. Activities included the Pirelli Pitstop Challenge, Presenting Challenge and the Engineering challenge in which the girls created hoverboards from insulation, a shower curtain, a leaf blower and LOTS of duct tape.

The girls were also taught CPR by a race doctor who was working the following weekend at the Formula 1 British Grand Prix, enjoyed passenger rides in a Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid and were treated to a meet and greet with Nathalie McGloin, the only female tetraplegic racing driver in the world, currently competing in the Porsche Club Championship and Classic Sports Car Club.

The end of the day consisted of a prize giving for the best teams in each of the challenges, with all of the girls walking away buzzing from the day and eager to learn more.

Aislinn Smith Helping with the Engineering Challenge to create a hoverboard
Pit Stop Challenge
Journalism Challenge
Cristiana Pace, motorsport consultant, overlooking the Engineering Challenge.
Rosanna Tennant, F1 & F2 Pit Lane Reporter, giving a motivational talk on public speaking skills and confidence
Dare To Be Different