Iron Dames: Female talent at the top of the sport

The true level playing field against the resistance elite

In this 2023 season of the World Endurance Championship, many stories have been lived, especially with the Hypercar LMH and LMDh as protagonists, but also between the LMP2 prototypes and those of LMGTE. The fight between Toyota, Ferrari (with Miguel Molina in their ranks), Porsche, Cadillac and Peugeot, the LMP2 of teams like WRT, Prema, Alpine or the modest Inter Europol (where the Spanish Albert Costa has raced) or the LMGTE with brands involved such as Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini and Aston Martin – by 2024 the championship will go further, with new brands entering Hypercar and LMGTE becoming LMGT3 allowing the entry of up to 14 manufacturers between both brands. Now, there have also been other types of battles in which a team of three women has been present giving their all. We are talking about Iron Dames, the female branch of Iron Lynx.

Iron Lynx is an Italian team that has worked with Porsche for the last few years, with 2023 being the last year of its agreement with the German brand before working with Lamborghini. Iron Lynx will carry both the Huracán GT3 Evo2 and the SC63 Hypercar with which it will debut in the main category, an LMDh that will join the great battle that spectators from all over the world will enjoy this year at circuits such as Imola, Losail, Spa-Francorchamps, Interlagos, Sakhir, Fuji, Austin or the jewel in the crown: the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Iron Lynx will also compete in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe, in addition to competitions such as the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup (also with the SC63), the European Le Mans Series with LMP2, and the GT World Challenge.

Iron Lynx will also be present in karting championships of different sizes, from national championships – the Spanish Karting Championship among them – to the Karting World Championship. Iron Dames was founded in 2018 by Deborah Mayer, a project that aims to put women at the top of motorsport competing against men – a very different path from that which has been followed in other areas of the sport, such as the F1 Academy or its spiritual predecessor, the W Series. Since 2021, Iron Dames has been chaining successes parallel to those of Iron Lynx in recent years, demonstrating the value of the team. It remains to be seen whether F1 Academy or W Series bear fruit, waiting for what Marta García does in 2024 in the Formula Regional Alpine (FRECA).

Former DTM driver and now endurance expert Rahel Frey, Michelle Gatting and Sarah Bovy, one of the drivers of the inaugural season of the W Series, are part of the cast. The young women Doriane Pin and Natalia Granada are also part of the repertoire of this female Iron Dames branch, whose pink color has been noticed from start to finish in this 2023 WEC season and in other categories.