Emma Kimilainen

Emma Kimilainen

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W Series Career Stats

Podiums 3
Races Entered 6
Championship Titles 0
Highest Race Finish 1st
  • Age: 32
  • Nationality: Finnish
  • Hometown: Helsinki
  • Date of birth: 08/07/1989
  • Career highlight: My racing comeback in 2014 after having 4 years hiatus. To come back winning after so long break in a competely new life situation as a new parent was mentally the most demanding during my career and that’s why I value it the most. I grew a lot as a driver and as a person during that time.
  • Favourite circuit : Fast circuits with relief are my favourites, lucky that there are many tracks like that in the W Series 2021 calendar such as Spa or COTA.
  • Sporting hero: I don’t have one specific athlete as a hero but Finland’s national ice hockey team gives me goosebumps and a wide range of emotions when they play in the World Cup or at the Olympics. I’m also a fan of the Finnish ice hockey team Jokerit who plays in the KHL. I love ice hockey!
  • Favourite animal: My rescue dog, Tyson.

Biography

Emma’s father, Hannu, introduced her to motorsport when she was only a year old and she started racing karts aged THREE when her family began their annual caravan trips around Finland visiting go-kart tracks. SHE DROVE HER FIRST RACE AT THE AGE OF FIVE. By the time she was 15 she had moved from go-karts to single-seaters and competed in the Northern European Formula Ford Championship in 2005. Three years later she joined Audi as their factory driver and competed in the Formula Masters Series in 2008. A year later she funded her own way into Formula Palmer Audi, finishing fifth after four podiums. Emma then took a break from racing due to financial crisis and started a family with her husband and the couple had a daughter in 2013. Emma returned to racing the following year in the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship. She finished fifth in the 2019 W Series Championship, winning the race at Assen. In Finland she is also known as a media personality hosting TV and radio shows but her goal is to continue being a professional racing driver for as long as possible.

“I’m very proud of W Series. Female sport is growing and it has finally got the respect that it deserves. To be racing on such a big stage gives all of us drivers the chance to show that we are here, that we know how to do this and that this is where we should be. Now there is no reason why a 31-year-old mother couldn’t be in Formula 1 one day.”