Rahel Frey (not Rachel as I had been unfortunately been calling her) is a self-described active individual. Growing up in the strict and education-focused Switzerland, her mother set down an ultimatum for the young racer: Pass all her exams and graduate high school before she started racing. Once she completed that task, Rahel was off and ready to go fast.
In her racing career from 2004 through 2018, Rahel has received eleven first-place finishes in all types of races. She is motivated to “give my best on the most diverse racetracks in the world in the most diverse series”. Her resume shows this, she has participated in the Euro Formula Renault 2.0; International Formula Master; German Formula 3; Audi LMS Cup Asia; and quite a few other series. A notable race would be the 2010 Le Mans. Rahel was part of an all-female all-Swiss team with fellow racers Natacha Gachnang and Cyndie Allermann in a Ford LMGT1. Unfortunately, 2010 was not a good LeMans for the Ford, all cars retired before the end of the race. Overall in that race, only twenty-eight out of fifty-six cars finished the race.
2011 saw the beginning of Rahel’s career as an Audi Factory Driver where she competed in numerous endurance races and on the Audi DTM Team (replacing Katherine Legge who was featured in a blog last Monday which you can read – HERE)
. In 2013 she set a record becoming the first woman to win in the Audi R8 LMS Cup. Rahel came in first at the Shanghai International Circuit. in 2016 Rahel decided to stop splitting her time between multiple racing classes for Audi
. She turned her full attention to the ADAC GT Masters.
Before the race I was talking about getting a podium, so to get a win and not just a podium feels great.
After making the full time switch to the Germany-based GT class, Rahel has continued to chase first-place finishes with Audi. She’s done exceedingly well at the Nurburgring circuit. Given the history of the track just surviving the races seems like a pretty good accomplishment. Not content with just finishing, Rahel came in third in 2017 and then second in 2018. Rahel’s motto is “go fast and never ever give up”, and it shows!