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Eleven women competed for the first time at this year’s World Touring Car Championships (WTCC) Grand Final in Colorado Springs, USA.
Tatiana Calderon, the woman who heads all-female team SMSP, exceeded expectations, taking sixth place.
In her final race of the season, she saw off three-time circuit champion and three-time grand final winner Clovis Marschall to move into sixth position. Marschall, who is nicknamed “The Dragon,” snatched the grand final win to become the undisputed champion of the 2016-17 season.
This was the 11th season in which SMSP has participated in the WTCC, a competition in which world champions are selected from the drivers competing on the circuits worldwide in Super Sport, GT Sports and Touring Car. SMSP is the only all-female team to participate in the category.
1 / 10 – Takahiro Sato, 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Long Beach: In 2012, Japanese driver Takuma Sato secured the first Japanese win of the IndyCar series at the Long Beach IndyCar Grand Prix.
Valentino Rossi begins comeback
The ultimate class champion of the past three seasons is returning to the circuit — reportedly for the last time — as Valentino Rossi and partner Andrea Dovizioso attempt to regain his dominance in the premier class of motor racing.
The eight-time world champion, who suffered a leg injury at the Monte Carlo Grand Prix last April, faces a stern test as he is set to make his comeback against a full field — 10 drivers, including eight current world champions.
Rossi will not be lining up alongside Dovizioso in the factory Ducati team, which has taken over from the former’s Mayoral team. MotoGP has announced nine drivers for the Grand Prix, starting from pole position, in the two endurance categories: