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Desiré Wilson to hold autograph session at Brands Hatch Superprix this weekend

Thursday, June 30 2011

Desiré Wilson, the only woman to have won a Formula 1 race, will be holding an autograph session at the circuit during the Historic SuperPrix this weekend.

The South African racer is appearing at this weekend's Historic Super Prix, driving a Jaguar E-Type in the celebration race, commemorating the sportscar's 50th birthday. A keen historic racer, her own racing past is linked with Brands Hatch circuit.

Desiré's husband Alan worked for the circuit in the days when it was run by John Webb and was part of the latter's drive to get more women involved in motorsport in the 1970s. Desiré raced in the Aurora British F1 series, winning a round at Brands Hatch in 1980, and was honoured by having a grandstand at the circuit named after her.

Entered in a 'Brands Hatch Racing' Williams FW07 for the British Grand Prix the same year as her Aurora win, Desiré failed to qualify but joined a rare brand of women drivers who have entered a World Championship Formula One race.

Desiré has also participated in Indycar racing and sportscars, before returning to competition in historic racing in recent years. Together with husband Alan, they run a circuit design business and are responsible for the creation of 28 tracks. A biography of her achievements is also in progress.

Desiré said, "This is my first time at Brands Hatch in over 20 years - the Grand Prix circuit was awesome just by recollection and I lived in Ditton near Maidstone, so it was my home track. I loved it and always did well there.

"As well as the British F1 series I did the 1000kms race several times," she continued, "finishing 3rd in a De Cadenet and 4th in a Kremer Porsche. One of the highlights was racing a Ford C100 with Jonathan Palmer, the best result for the car."

Desiré will be signing autographs outside the Brands Hatch Megastore on Sunday at 1:45pm.

Tickets for the HSCC Superprix are available from £17 for adults with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click the link below.