• Emily Duggan (CAMS Australia)Source: CAMS Australia
Emily Duggan speeds into motor sports' history books this weekend at the Australian Nationals
1 Apr 2016 - 1:25 PM  UPDATED 1 Apr 2016 - 1:25 PM

Emily Duggan will become the first female to line up on the grid in the Kumho V8 Touring Car Series, held as part of the Australian Motor Racing Nationals at Melbourne's Sandown Raceway.

Also racing around the track at nationals will be Leanne Tander in the Formula Ford Series.

Emily Duggan

The opening round of the Kumho V8 Touring Car Series will be held this weekend as part of the Australia Motor Racig Nationals event.

Duggan, 26, will pilot the #15 R-Sport Race Engineering Holden VE Commodore, and the Sydney driver can barely contain her excitement, becoming the first female driver in the Kumho Series – unofficially recognised as the third tier of national V8 competition – and becoming just the third female to race V8s in 2016 alongside Chelsea Angelo and Renee Gracie. 

The Kumho series has become a pathway to the V8 Supercars, with last years' top two drivers advancing to the Dunlop Series, the second tier division of the V8 Supercars.

“My dream has always been to race V8 Supercars and I can hardly believe it’s going to become a reality for me this weekend,” Duggan said.

“I always loved cars and loved driving, but it wasn’t until I finished school and started full-time work that I was able to pursue my motorsport ambitions,” Duggan said.

Competing amongst a richly talented Kumho Series field that includes 2014 Bathurst 1000 runner-up Taz Douglas, Duggan is realistic about her expectations for this weekend, with the aim of securing the financial backing to compete in the remainder of the series.

“As a racer, you always want to be up the front, but at the same time I know I will have a lot to learn, so the aim will be to increase my understanding of how to drive a V8 Supercar, keep improving over the weekend, and above all, to enjoy the experience,” Duggan said.

Leanne Tander

Also competing this weekend at the Motor Racing National is Leanne Tander. Tander is an uber experienced and seasoned racing driver and will be competing in Formula Ford this weekend. 

Australian Motor Racing Nationals at Melbourne's Sandown Raceway can be watched live online here

And don't miss the action at 2pm Saturday on SBS Speedweek!