Motorsport is the love of my life

How Gosia Rdest is stirring up the motorsport scene

It must have been in the early 2000s when the fate of Gosia Rdest, now one of the fastest women in world motorsport, was to be determined. At that time, little Gosia, actively supported by her father, regularly drove indoor kart races, when it suddenly occurred to her that motor sports could possibly be more than just a hobby.

“I proposed a wager to my father: If I made it to the podium at the last race of the season in our Indoor Karting League, my father would have to buy me a brand new go-kart,” reveals Gosia. “So I drove to third place and won the bet. That was definitely one of the best days of my life.” Gosia is convinced: “On this day the adventure of professional motorsport began for me!”

After Gosia had snatched the title in the Polish Karting Championship a few years later in 2011, BMW Motorsport gave her the opportunity to prove herself in a formula car shortly afterwards. A year later she was already racing in the English BRDC Formula 4 Championship, in which – as so often before – she was the only female entrant. A season in the Central European Volkswagen Polo Cup (2014) was followed by three years in the Audi Sport TT Cup, which was staged as part of the DTM.

The 27-year-old drove her most successful season in 2018. “At the time I was competing in the GT4 European Championship, where I had many podiums finishes, and in the same year I won a 24h race in Dubai. Also, I became Vice Champion of Polish Touring Car Championship.”

In 2019 Gosia was selected for the “W Series”, a championship exclusively for female racers, which was launched with great media attention. “Thanks to the W Series I had a chance to compete behind the steering wheel of a single seater. It was a big challenge and a big step for me, because I had never before competed with a Formula 3 car,” the lively young woman explains. “Unfortunately, luck was not on our side: In only six races we failed to finish three times. But with the best time in practice and P4 in qualifying at the Norisring and my fifth place at the race in Assen I was quite happy.”

Things went better in a Seat Leon in the Polish Touring Car Championship – this time with support from Ennepetal. “Thanks to Bilstein we were able to develop a new set up of our car in this season and to be on the podium at every single race in the Polish Touring Car Championship”, Gosia smiles. “Together with the team we could again become vice champion”. : “We didn’t win the Championship only because I had a date clash with W Series, and I was not able to compete at the same time in two different racing weekends.”

Gosia lives the motor sport like probably only few do: “It is my passion, my hobby, my lifestyle, and my addiction that I cannot live without”, she raves. “I cannot imagine my life without the racing weekends, without the preparation process before the season and without the possibility of working on improving cornering and driving techniques.”

Probably the greatest fascination for Gosia is the whole complexity of motorsport: “It is not only about how you drive the racing car, but how prepared the driver is physically, how the mechanics do their work, how your engineer analyses the data, and of course the technical conditions of your racing car – if you are using high quality reliable components.”

Gosia, who would like to compete in the DTM, cannot yet say what her motorsport programme for 2020 will look like, but already expects a tight schedule: “My goal, however, is to compete in two championships again: In any case in a Polish Championship and in an international championship.”

BILSTEIN will definitely play a role again. “Together with Bilstein we had a great first season”, the racer is convinced. “Of course it is an honour for me to have a world-famous brand like Bilstein on board.”