Family ties in motor racing

When comes to racing there are no such ties. Or are there?

31w ago

I’m into watching motorsport races. A lot. There isn’t a weekend where I don’t watch at least 2 different races (and of course the free practices and qualifying too). Heck, my record was 7 different races just for a single Sunday.

And I do watch different categories – GT, single-seaters, rally, rallycross, prototypes. Almost everything.

So, a couple of weeks ago, I was watching Round 3 of the GTWEC series at Nürburgring and I witnessed something for the first time (for me) for all those years I’ve been watching racing.

A father and a son competing at the same time, both driving the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo, albeit for different teams. The racers to mention are Rob and Ricky Collard.

And it got me thinking about the family ties (and more specifically the types) amongst racing drivers.

We all know and can name countless father and son ones. Father and daughter (Jacky and Vanina Ickx). Uncles and nephews. Brothers (we even have twins – Tom and Tim Coronel). Brother and sister – Jordan and Tasmin Pepper, Dominik and Laura Kraiheimer – just a couple to mention.

And I wanted to continue, but I started to think that I’m missing the feminine side – sisters, mother and son, mother and daughter.

It took me a while, but then I suddenly remembered, that the previous weekend I watched another race series at the Ring (the newly named Nürburgring Langstrecken Serie, previously VLN).

We all know Sabine Schmitz, The Queen of the Ring, but probably few of you are familiar with the fact, that she has 2 older sisters – Susanne and Petra, who are racers on a professional level too. So, Sabine didn’t take part in that race, but Susanne did. And I checked that box too.

But I’m still left with, let’s say a void, in the last two types and will very much appreciate it, if you help me fill it in, by giving examples in your comments.


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