A Woman With A Mission
Beistke Visser is a woman of many firsts. She was the first woman to join the BMW Motorsports Junior Program in 2017. She was one of the first women to be in the Red Bull BMW Junior Program (2013). When researching her, you feel youthful optimism, though she’s only ten years younger then I am, come out of the computer screen at you.
Born into racing, her father raced touring cars. Visser herself began Karting in 2007 in the Netherlands. From 2012-2013 she raced in Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club (ADAC) Formel Masters receiving three wins and two poles. ADAC was the very beginning of the Formula 1 feeder series. In 2014 Visser then raced in the GP3 and Formula Renault 3.5, both series feeder series into Formula 1. Formula 1 is not Visser’s goal though; her focus is racing DTM cars. In 2017 she joined the GT4 series for BMW and achieved 2 wins in that season.
Something extra that I found completely fascinating is that in 2016 Visser joined a student team at Eindhoven University of Technology to driver their electric powered open-wheel car. The car ended up breaking the track record at Zandvoort for electric cars, going 16 seconds faster than the previous record. That’s not a little bit faster, that is a lot faster.
“I really noticed that when I was younger. In kart races, a few [male] drivers forced me off the track because they did not want to lose to me. When I then started to win a lot of races, they started to respect me. I don’t have those problems anymore.”