Le Mans rookie Lilou Wadoux and team-mate Charles Milesi should have been on course for an impressive top-six finish in the LMP2 category at Le Mans last weekend if it wasn’t for one small mistake.

But the error didn’t come from 21-year-old Le Mans rookie Wadoux, in her first season of professional racing, nor from Milesi, current LMP2 champion who is only competing in his second full season of WEC and also aged 21.

Instead, it was the somewhat more experienced seven-time WRC champion Sébastien Ogier, 38, who was caught speeding in the pitlane, incurring a stop-and-go-penalty for the Richard Mille team.

Even so, finishing ninth out of 28 cars in the LMP2 category at La Sarthe, billed as the most competitive class in motor sport right now, is a satisfying result for a line-up of such little endurance experience – particularly Wadoux, partnering a pair with eight world championships between them.

Wadoux has joined Charles Milesi and Sébastien Ogier at Richard Mille

As the Amiens native says “I don’t care if I’m a boy or a woman. I’m racing for one goal which is to perform.”

The youngest Frenchwoman ever to compete at Le Mans has been brought into the Richard Mille fold as part of its mission to become a gateway for women in racing and help, in project leader Amanda Mille’s words, “see women on the top of the podium”.

“I have to say Lilou is special,” Philippe Sinault, Alpine-Signatech team manager

The aim is idealistic, but has yielded results already – the team, which made its debut in 2020 with Sophia Floersch, Beitske Visser and Tatiana Calderon finished ninth in its first Le Mans in 2020.

Floersch is now racing full-time in the European Le Mans Series with Algarve Pro Racing, Calderon is competing in IndyCar with AJ Foyt and whilst Visser is giving W Series another shot.

All these drivers had a lot more racing experience than Wadoux coming into their first Le Mans – making her debut top-10 all the more impressive.

However, if she listens of the advice of Ogier, she should be on the right track with Richard Mille.

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