Charlie is on her way to LGBTQ+ history as the first transgender competitor to compete in the 24hrs of Le Mans
Charlie Martin represents a paradigm shift in motorsport that has never been seen before. In 2020 she made LGBTQ+ history in the ADAC TOTAL 24 Nürburgring-Rennen, one of motor racing’s toughest endurance races. She has captured the imagination of people around the world, her story has been shared on national television, in the national news, and in some of the most prestigious international publications.
As a transgender woman in motorsport, Charlie occupies a unique role both within her sport and the LGBTQ+ community, making her a perfect fit for brands looking for a strong & charismatic ambassador who can champion their ability to challenge the status quo.
Her fearlessness both in and out of the car make her one of the most eye catching and engaging drivers competing in international motor racing today. Her tenacity & self-belief have helped her to overcome the impossible and push for change when the odds were stacked against her. In a sport lacking visible diversity, she stands out. She is changing perceptions and championing inclusivity. Charlie Martin is a game changer.
Her ambition is to make history as the first transgender driver at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the World’s oldest and greatest endurance race. Guinness World Records have confirmed that they will classify this as a World Record due to the cultural significance of such an achievement.
On Track Performance
Since progressing from single seaters and sportscars in European hillclimb, Charlie has raced successfully in GT cars and prototypes, driving in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge, Michelin Le Mans Cup (LMP3), VLN / N24 (BMW) and ADAC GT4. In 2021 she finished 3rd overall in class driving a Praga R1 in the Britcar Endurance Championship, whilst also scoring podiums in ADAC GT4 (BMW) and the Dutch Supercar Challenge (Norma CN2). In 2022 she finished 2nd in the North American Lamborghini Cup, and fourth in class at the World Finals (Portimao).
Her brand of positivity and seizing the day has helped her build a highly engaged following across her social channels totalling over 50,000 people. Whether she’s trail running up mountains, abseiling down them to free ride through powder on her snowboard, heading off on surfing road trips or simply sharing her thoughts on life and the ideals she stands for, these are all activities that are synonymous with her brand that can easily be linked to her partnerships.
Blazing a trail and breaking new ground in motorsport has meant being constantly in the media spotlight. Since coming out in 2018, Charlie has been using her platform to improve transgender awareness and acceptance in the World, and is frequently interviewed on national news as a trusted voice for the community on inclusion within sport.
She was named as the first Stonewall Sports Champion by Europe’s leading LGBTQ+ charity, and also works with Mermaids, Athlete Ally and Racing Pride.
In 2021, British Vogue included Charlie in the Vogue 25, a celebration of inspirational woman shaping 2021 & beyond. She has previously been shortlisted for awards (British LGBT Awards: 2020 Sports Personality of the year, and DIVA Magazine: Sports Star), and features in the Attitude 101, Pride Power List & OUT 100.