Nationality: South African
First race: Aged 5 in go-karts
Favourite car: Ferrari GT3 488
Favourite track: Sepang in Malaysia, Killarney in South Africa
Racing hero: Kimi Raikkonen and my father
Proudest moment: Receiving my national colours
Life ambition: To be a professional racing driver, and help other girls progress in the sport
Tasmin Pepper is a racer from South Africa with a career full of national championship race wins and rookie victories.
Tasmin was the first woman to win a national championship race in South Africa in Formula VW. She also went on to race in the Formula BMW Asian Series.
What motivated you to get into motorsport?
I started racing at a very young age, my father raced and I was always with him. I saw a young lady racing in a pink Go-Kart and told my dad that was something I wanted to do. My dad was thrilled with the idea, and since then we haven’t looked back.
Who is your inspiration and why?
My father is my inspiration, he has taught me everything I know, not just on the track but in life too. He has taught me to always chase my dreams and goals. He has been successful in everything he has done, he never gives up, has that fighting and loving spirit and thats something I will always aspire to.
What advice would you give to girls thinking about getting into motorsport?
Do it, don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. If its something you want to do, go for it and give it 100%. There is no reason why women can’t be competitive in a male dominant sport.
What would it mean to you to win the W Series title?
Winning W Series would mean everything. Standing up on the top step of the podium, showing everyone we are here for the right reasons and we here to win. Time to take us seriously. It’s about making the right statement and learning from every opportunity we are given.
W Series is creating that platform and to be able to win on such a platform would help create so many more amazing opportunities for the future.
W Series Testing. Lausitzring, Germany. Sunday 14th April 2019. Copyright, 2019, Colin McMaster/LAT Images/W Series.