Will the W Series herald a new age for women in motor sport? | Giles Richards

Only two women have competed in F1 in its 69-year history. The radical W Series, which begins this weekend at Hockenheim, is hoping to change that and inspire a new generation Ninety years ago Eliska Junkova the queen of the steering wheel as she was known lit up motor racing. An exceptional talent, the Czech driver was an inspirational figure for women in the 1920s. This weekend 18 of her spiritual heirs will take to the grid for the inaugural round of the all-female W Series. They believe the championship will be equally groundbreaking, changing the landscape for women in a sport that has remained almost exclusively male-dominated since Junkovas time. The W Series, using single-make, single-seater F3 cars, will …