New ground is forged with a female number 1 and 2 mechanic combination working together for the first time in V8 Supercars pit lane.
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2 Jun 2016 - 5:00 PM  UPDATED 2 Jun 2016 - 5:00 PM

Mechanic Frances Buckley and her assistant Bonnie Beard will make V8 Supercar history as the first women to take control of pit lane for Erebus Motorsport driver Aaren Russell.

While female drivers have been steadily make their way through the sport, it will mark the first time that a team's two top mechanics are women.

"When I first started doing motorsport you get funny looks," said 33 year old Buckley. "But now if I don't turn up to a race meeting they wonder where I am."

Buckley and Beard's promotions will commence in mid-June with the next race in the Supercar series to be hosted in Darwin.  

For a mechanic who stated that "no one wanted to me take on", it will be a sweet moment and exciting moment.   

"The intensity and closeness of the racing and quick turnaround in between sessions is something I can't wait for," she said.

"I'm up for the challenge that's for sure."

The elevation of Buckley and Beard in the Erebus Motorsport speaks to the strong gender inclusive culture of the team.  

In 2013 Erebus entered the V8 Supercars under the ownership of Betty Klimenko who became the first woman to own a team.  Klimenko paved the way for Buckley and Beard in 2014 when she hired Janelle Navarro as the Supercars first female mechanic.  

Following Navarro, Buckley worked for several other V8 outfits and joined Erebus as No.2 mechanic earlier this year while Beard worked on utes and GT cars for the past 18 months before transitioning into V8s.

Klimenko is pleased to see the door opening for more women in pit lane.  

"We have two wonderful people filling these roles," Klimenko said of the promotions. "The fact they are both women is a coincidence."

Erebus' previous No.1 mechanic, Dennis Huijser, has moved into the role of crew chief.

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