Vanina is the daughter of Jacky Ickx my motor racing hero, so it’s only natural that I’ve followed her racing career too. Having seen her race LMP1 sportscars, I’ve wondered how such a petite girl can control one of those mighty beasts, but it doesn’t seems to be a problem for her.
Following in her fathers footsteps she has raced at the Le Mans 24 hours seven times, with seventh being her best placed finish driving a Lola Aston Martin in 2011. Vanina has also raced in the Ferrari challenge, Belgian procar, FIA GT1 as well as driving for Audi in the DTM. She has even taken part in the Dakar rally with her father Jacky.
I remember at Silverstone a couple of years ago I saw her in the paddock and said to her, can you please sign this photograph that I took last year. She looked at the photo and replied, it was two years ago, and I looked so young then! For a short while I thought she had remembered me, but later I realised that she she had not raced at Silverstone the previous year, so she’s right it must have been two. Oh well.
The Mighty Arms of Atlas