DirtFish is all set for a Summit Saturday

A year in the making, Saturday's Women in Motorsport Summit is set to be a highlight of the DirtFish year

Summit panel

Saturday is the third annual DirtFish Women in Motorsport Summit and it is, by some distance, the biggest and the best we’ve ever prepared.

Four-time world rally winner and founding president of the FIA’s Women and Motor Sport Commission Michèle Mouton has been at the very heart of DirtFish’s Women’s Month since it began in 2022. Michèle guest edited the website two years ago and flew out to the Summit last year.

She’s back at DirtFish on Saturday. Here’s Michèle’s thinking on why she’s returning to the Pacific Northwest to join us: “You know, last year at DirtFish, it was one of the first times that I really thought about what I achieved in 40 years and how this could help other women. Going to the Summit and meeting those people, they really showed me that I was being a role model, I was inspiring them and that’s why I am happy to be back.”

Newly announced FIA WRC Commission president and multiple world champion team principal (as well as former Rally Finland podium finisher in a Group N car) Pernilla Solberg is another returnee – and this time we will ask her about the time she flew a rally car 68 meters over a jump on a rally in Germany!

Becs Williams is a friend and colleague to both Mouton and Solberg – it’s been both her job and her passion to talk about these iconic drivers. And on Saturday, she’s going to talk to the Summit about her time behind the mic.

The stage is set, the stories are coming.

It doesn’t stop there. We’re not all about the stage. We’re all about motorsport.

Vanessa Ruck has just finished fourth in a season of rallying in the Defender Rally Series in the UK, but she’s not known as the girl on a bike for nothing – last month she completed the 13-day, near 4,000-mile Africa Eco Race on her KTM. She’s the very definition of hardcore, badass. But her story is put into even more context when you consider the accident she had not long ago. Vanessa’s person story is incredible.

WiM cars

DirtFish Women in Motorsport Summit... it does what it says on the car

Michele Abbate is one of America’s leading circuit racers, she’s made history in her career and then there’s Jndia Erbacher – one of the world’s best drag racers and somebody who goes from zero to 60mph in less than a second.

Can you imagine the fun we’re going to have on Saturday? Don’t imagine it. Live it with us. But we’re not done yet.

This time, we’re not just talking about it. This time we’re taking it a step further, we’re offering dynamic workshops to demonstrate what it takes to become a technician, a volunteer, a co-driver and, of course, a driver.

Backed up by an incredible and dedicated all-women team at DirtFish, Saturday’s Summit is looking to break new ground in furthering the ambitions of women across all aspects of motorsport.

WiM Group

Josie Rimmer led the 2023 crew to an outstanding WiM Summit 12 months ago. She'll be doing the same on Saturday

“The team here at DirtFish is just incredible,” said Rimmer. “Honestly, it’s easy to sit here and say we couldn’t have done it without them, but truly, this wouldn’t be happening without the incredible commitment and determination that comes from everybody. I can’t thank them enough.

“Saturday is the culmimation of months’ of hard work from so many people. It’s going to be amazing. We’ve got everything planned for you, from those amazing panelists to awesome vendors, the best food and coffee in all of Seattle – and that’s saying something! The music’s sorted with DK Mixxtress and, of course, thrill rides right here at the world’s best Rally School.

“Come and join us.”

Bursting out of WiM tent

There wasn't even standing room left at last year's WiM Summit panels. Don't worry – we've got an even bigger tent for Saturday