high heels in motorsport: Zane Lielkāja
How did Your passion about motorsports started?
Honestly, I did not had a choice back then, because all my family was in to it, so we were together in garage, at the track, supporting dad and brother. Later, it becomes a lifestyle, some petrolheads will say that is more like disease from which you can not get rid of..
How did You decided that You will also race in competition?
At first, I even told my dad I would never drive a car, never! But all you have to do is try it once and that's it - you want to repeat over and over again.
And then I got to my first car – VAZ. I started training on a track created by my father and his friends near home. The beginning was difficult - tears and many failures. The more I trained, the more we considered the idea of participating in amateur competitions at Brenguli track near Valmiera. I participated in the ladies' class, won several times, so a hook in the lip.
Then came the teenage years - girly stuff and so on. Motorsport remained in the background, but soon I turned to photography, drove to rallies where my father and brother took part, photographed them and other Latvian crews.
It was only a matter of time before I sat behind the wheel of the sports car again and went to the track. One season with EVO9 at Baltic Time Attack series – won first place in season at ladies’ class – fantastic feeling. Since then, I really like to go to different races, but rarely, because now I have given my time to motorsport a little differently.
Do You think that women in racing have some advantages or disadvantages?
I do not think we have any particular advantages or disadvantages. I am always happy to compete with honest men who do not let me overtake just because I am a woman – who give me the opportunity to prove my ability to drive on the track.
I am in motorsport every day. I work as a public relations specialist in the Latvian Automobile Federation. In addition, I am also in the teams of two organizers - working with public relations, digital marketing and helping with organizing. Daily I am working with media representatives, write press releases, interview people in motorsports, also a lot of the time i make content for social media profiles and pages. When it comes to motorsport events, I am 10in1 - doing all the stuff organizer needs - we call it teamwork. I can not count all things i do, but I know that when I do things I do them with passion. My job is my passion.
I hope to be as close to motorsport as I am now.
Funniest thing happened to You in motorsports?
I am really clumsy, my family my friends can prove that, so I do weird and funny things all the time – i am not counting funniest and craziest anymore.
My moto for life is: “Anything that gets your blood racing is probably worth doing.” No matter what – you want to race with heels on – go girl! Do it!
Which woman in motorsports is Your idol?
Susie Wolff. Susie is a former professional racing driver from Oban, Scotland. She made history at the 2014 British Grand Prix by becoming the first woman to feature in an F1 race weekend in 22 years. She inspires many young and adult female drivers and also other women in motorsports.
Concluding this interview, could You tell us what are Yor suggestion to other ladies?
For ladies who want to try, but are not doing it out of fear, I would say - release the brakes and let the dreams come true! Live so there is something to remember!
Zane is great example of how many-sided woman can be. She is fast and technical on the trach, yet so feminine and confident.
Zane wearing RACETOLACE garments