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S5000 secures first female driver

BRAD Jones Racing youngster Elly Morrow will become the first woman to race in S5000 when she tackles the Tasman Series opener on the Gold Coast this weekend.

Morrow has signed with 88 Racing to go up against the likes of two-time Gold Star winner Joey Mawson, Trans Am ace Nathan Herne and Supercars wildcard Jordan Boys.

The 23-year-old has been learning her craft with BJR in the Super2 Series, sitting 13th in the 2022 standings – ahead of fellow regulars Ryal Harris, Angelo Mouzouris and Nash Morris – with just the Adelaide finale remaining.

Now comes a different challenge in the form of a V8-powered open-wheeler.

“I’m super grateful for the opportunity Albert (Callegher) and the team at 88 Racing have given me to contest the S5000 Tasman Series this weekend,” Morrow said.

“It will be my first time in the car at the Gold Coast, so I’m keen to learn as much as possible and see what we can achieve together.”

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Callegher hopes to see Morrow blaze a trail for women in S5000.

“Being the fastest cars in Australian circuit racing, the ACMFinance and 88 Racing team are excited to have a female driver onboard to showcase what talented female drivers can bring to the world of motorsport in Australia,” he said.

“We are passionate about giving young drivers the chance to race in open-wheel racing and when the opportunity came for Elly to drive, we were thrilled.

“I hope she inspires other young female Australian drivers to race in our category.”

There will be three S5000 races this weekend in what is the category’s maiden visit to Surfers Paradise.

Rounding out the support card will be Porsche Carrera Cup Australia and the V8 SuperUte Series.

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