All Female Driving Team Ignore The Sexist Critics Ahead Of Iconic Bathurst 1000

09/10/2015 11:46 AM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:50 PM AEST
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BATHURST, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 07: Simona De Silvestro and Renee Gracie drivers of #200 Harvey Norman Supergirls Falcon, speak to the media ahead of the Bathurst 1000, which is race 25 of the V8 Supercars Championship at Mount Panorama on October 7, 2015 in Bathurst, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

A female Bathurst1000 contender sledged by a fellow competitor as being driver of a "pussy wagon" has said facing sexism is part of the job, and she has learned to get past it.

Renee Gracie and teammate Simona De Silvestro have been stung ahead of this weekend's Bathurst1000 by a sexist comment from fellow driver David Reynolds, which referred to their race entry as "the pussy wagon".

Reynolds has been fined by the motorsport’s governing body and later apologised for making the comment.

But Gracie said on Friday that sexism is a part of the job telling Seven's Sunrise she has learned to get past it.

"You'd be surprised how often I have to deal with stuff like this. It's one of those things but we can't let stuff like this take our focus off the real job," she said.

The Queensland's V8 development series young gun added she just wants to get on with the job at hand and is happy with the apology that's been made by Reynolds.

"He's made a public statement and an apology which I accept... and that's all I need."

While the women have their detractors like racing legend Dick Johnson they also have their supporters who believe this team is making a statement about women in motorsport.

Gracie says the goal is the race and that she and Swiss driving partner Simona De Silvestro are just focussing on the job they need to do on Sunday.

The women will become the 15th all-female entry in the ‘Great Race’ but are the first all-female team to drive at Bathurst since 1998.

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