Women driven
by dreams

Not just another team in the race. The Iron Dames project stands for all women willing to go beyond their limits and all women driven by dreams.

Born to
make history

Iron Dames is a special project created and led by Deborah Mayer, entrepreneur, driver, and President of FIA Women in Motorsport Commission (WIM), with the aim of supporting women in motorsport at all levels, from drivers through to mechanics, engineers, managers, and marketing.

Born in 2019, they are the first all-female line up in history to compete in endurance racing, achieving excellent results. Year-after-year, the team is participating in more and more championships, celebrating multiple historic breakthroughs in motorsport – becoming the first females to win many races and championships.

Since its inception, the Iron Dames have been officially supported by the FIA through the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission (WIM).
Now, with the appointment of Deborah Mayer as FIA WIM President, this collaboration is a huge step into building inclusivity for women in motorsport, both behind the wheel and in management roles.

We will

We are the
Iron Dames.

Iron, from the name Iron Lynx from which the project stems, and perfectly fitting strong, powerful women, able to fight in such a hard field as motorsport. And Dames, a fancy word for women.
Dames who don’t need knights.

Women Driven by Dreams. Because every woman can reach her goals, when fuelled by hard work, resilience, and passion. Just like our team.

#BEANIRONDAME, the Iron Dames’ hashtag. A motto that crosses the boundaries of motorsport and invites everyone to follow the road that leads to her dreams. Every woman can be an Iron Dame. Whatever the dream, if you work hard and do your best, you can make it come true.

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Our road to greatness

2016

  • Deborah goes racing: Deborah Mayer makes her racing debut in a Ferrari 458 CH EVO during Ferrari Challenge Europe in Monza.

2017

  • Iron Lynx is born: Based on an idea of Deborah Mayer, Claudio Schiavoni, Sergio Pianezzola and Andrea Piccini, Iron Lynx Motorsport Lab’s story begins.

2018

  • An all-female line-up: R. Frey, M. Gatting and M. Gostner compete in the 12 Hours of Dubai. It is the dawn of the Iron Dames project.

2019

  • Starting the story: Iron Dames project is officially born in European Le Mans Series at Monza.
  • Joining FIA Women in Motorsport: Iron Dames collaborate with the FIA through the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission.

2020

  • Meeting the challenge: Iron Dames compete at the front in European Le Mans Series and Ferrari Challenge Europe.
  • Going viral: All-female ELMS line-up the focus of ‘Racing Beyond Limits’, the web series based on the incredible story of the Iron Dames.

2021

  • M. Gatting: First woman to win Ferrari Challenge Europe Trofeo Pirelli.
  • Girls on Track – Rising Stars: The Iron Dames partner with FIA Girls on Track – Rising Stars initiative to support the next generation of promising female racers.
  • Welcoming new faces: K. Legge, S. Bovy and young D. Pin and M. Weug join the Iron Dames project alongside M. Gatting, R. Frey and M. Gostner.

2022

  • Dames make history and fight back at Le Mans: Iron Dames recover through the field for best-ever 24 Hours of Le Mans result, after becoming first all-female line-up to reach Le Mans Hyperpole.
  • Pin dominates in Ferrari Challenge: D. Pin becomes Ferrari Challenge Europe Trofeo Pirelli champion (9 wins, 13 podiums).
  • Bovy one-lap master: S. Bovy becomes first woman to take pole position in European Le Mans Series and FIA World Endurance Championship.
  • Making their mark: Iron Dames become first all-female line up on FIA World Endurance Championship podium, first all-female race winners in European Le Mans Series.
  • Iron Dames make their mark at Spa: Iron Dames win Gold Cup in 24 Hours of Spa, first all-female line-up to win in the race’s GT era.

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

Here to win, here to stay

35

pole position finishes
across 2021 and 2022

77

podium finishes
across 2021 and 2022

1st

female pole position
in ELMS and FIA WEC

crown-full

1st

all female podium result
FIA WEC

crown-full

1st

all female victory
24 Hours of SPA

crown-full

1st

all female victory
in ELMS

The
dames

Women have strategic roles in the Iron Lynx and Iron Dames family: from team managers to marketing, administration to communication, as well as mechanics and team coordinators.

The Iron Dames is a project that encourages women to get involved with motorsport at all levels, well beyond the wheel.

Francesca Valdani

Francesca
Valdani

Team Manager

Alice Menin

Alice
Menin

Team Manager

Franziska Baier

Franziska
Baier

HEAD OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATION

Giulia Francesconi

Giulia
Francesconi

Marketing & COMMUNICATION

Ludovica Fiorotto

Ludovica
Fiorotto

Marketing & COMMUNICATION

Chiara Bellotti

Chiara
Bellotti

Marketing & COMMUNICATION

Lenka Salmova

Lenka
Salmova

Hospitality Manager

Paola Pullè

Paola
Pullè

Team Coordinator

Elena Zuolo

Elena
Zuolo

Mechanic

Lucia Nobile

Lucia
Nobile

Head of Administration Office

Michela Bartolini

Michela
Bartolini

Administration

Alessia Muccioli

Alessia
Muccioli

Administration

Elena Visani

Elena
Visani

Administration

Francesca Montanari

Francesca
Montanari

Facilities Operations

Elodie Dajardin

Elodie
Dajardin

Special Projects Office

Web series

The Iron Dames are the stars of a web series – called “Racing Beyond Limits” – about their life, emotions, and results. Personal stories, moments stolen from the pits, snippets of everyday life and the adrenaline of the track: 6 episodes to tell the story of a project that continues to tour the world.

Le Castellet • The Kick-off

Spa • The Rollercoaster

Le Castellet 240 • Back to Paul Ricard

Le Mans • The Big One

Monza • The Temple of Speed

Portimão • The final battle

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

Episode 6

Rocking
the world

The Iron Dames project has a powerful story to tell that allows it to go beyond the standard motorsport offline and online press and gain the attention of a wider international audience.

A notoriety amplified by race victories and the #racetoinspire campaign.

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