Richard Mille Racing closes curtain following 2022 WEC season

All-female driver pioneers call time on endurance racing.

Richard Mille Racing closes curtain following 2022 WEC season

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  • The team ran for three years, using an all-female lineup for two.
  • Concluded their final season in ninth place

The Richard Mille Racing team has ceased operations following the conclusion of the 2022 World Endurance Championship (WEC) season.

Having been launched in 2019, the team’s first on-track season saw an all-female driver lineup compete in the European Le Mans Series, and they achieved a top ten finish in the LMP2 class of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

2021 was the final year that the all-female lineup was used, but it was also the first year they had stepped up to the WEC, finishing all races but the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the top ten.

“Our initial aim in creating the Richard Mille Racing Team was to make a strong impact and highlight the lack of opportunities for female drivers,” said Amanda Mille, head of the Richard Mille Racing Team project. “With an all-female line-up, the target was to take them to the highest level of motor racing.

“Our approach and performance, in no way inferior to that of our male counterparts, challenged biases. Gradually, we developed the project by listening to our drivers. They all told us they would have succeeded in advancing in this world the day men asked to team up with them.”

In 2022, a mixed gender lineup achieved the team’s best ever result of sixth at Le Mans.

“Women’s place in our sport is no longer in question,” echoed Philippe Sinault, Signatech director and Richard Mille Racing team manager.

“As our Deputy CEO Giuseppe Bizzoca likes to remind me, some drivers refused to replace Katherine Legge after her injury in 2020. Today, some of them are calling us to join the program. It shows that women are finally being recognized as full-fledged racers, as they should have always been.”

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