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Racing Pride, supported by 750 Motor Club

Thu 06 Jun 2019

750 Motor Club is proud to announce its support of Racing Pride; an innovative movement announced today to positively promote LGBTQ+ inclusivity within the motorsport industry and among its technological and commercial partners. Co-founded by 750MC RGB Sports 1000 driver Richard Morris and Autosport Academy motorsport journalist Christopher Sharp, Racing Pride has been developed alongside Stonewall UK and the 2019 launch has been timed alongside Pride month.
 
In addition to 750MC competitor Morris, Driver Ambassadors for Racing Pride include Charlie Martin (Stonewall Sports Champion and transgender driver competing in the Michelin Le Mans Cup), Sarah Moore (lesbian driver competing in W Series) and Nick Reeve (gay driver and 2018 Clio Cup competitor), whilst the development team also comprises Jon Holmes (Sky Sports Editor and founder of Sports Media LGBT+), Thierry Courtois (Creative Designer, Mahindra Racing), Matt Bishop (W Series Communications Director, former McLaren F1 Chief Communications Officer), Oliver Warman (owner of Warman Media and founder of the Gay Racers online community), and Matt Beer (Autosport Editor).
 
To date there has been no concerted effort to raise visibility for LGBTQ+ participants within motorsport, whether they be drivers, mechanics, engineers, or those in race support, official, or associated media roles. Through a network of Driver Ambassadors, commercial partners, and supporters from across the motorsport and automotive industries (drawing on allies as much as the LGBTQ+ community itself), Racing Pride intends to change this.
 
Support also come from Damon Hill, saying: ‘The launch of Racing Pride is a great step towards making motorsport a more inclusive environment. Motorsport has only ever asked that people give their best, whether they’re drivers, engineers, mechanics or organisers. If people from the LGBTQ+ community in motorsport feel it’s a difficult place for them to do that, it’s incumbent upon all of us to change those conditions. That’s why I’m supporting Racing Pride and look forward to the day that they no longer have to campaign for acceptance.’
 
One of the key ways that drivers can show their support is to follow the Racing Pride social media accounts (@racingprideuk on Twitter and Instagram) in order to show the support that there is for LGBTQ+ inclusivity within motorsport and, indeed, sport and society more broadly. As one of Racing Pride’s Industry Partners, 750 Motor Club will demonstrate their support at the forthcoming Anglesey race weekend by including Racing Pride details within the meeting programme and making stickers available for drivers to run on their cars throughout the season.
 
Richard Morris: ‘Racing Pride is so exciting because it’s all about the power of the collective, it’s about what motorsport can do when we all pull together. It’s about putting in place the role-models motorsport has been lacking and actively demonstrating that motorsport is open to everyone. It's something that simply hasn't been done before in this sport and we're looking forward to working with people from across motorsport and beyond to make this a real success.’
 
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