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WRC Legend Mouton honoured at Emmy Awards

‘Queen of Speed’ - the story of Michèle Mouton’s rise to the top of rallying in the 1980s - was awarded an International Emmy yesterday (Monday).

'Queen of Speed' was released late last year and is a Sky Original documentary, produced by Drum Studios and directed by Barbie McLaurin. 

Through breathtaking archive footage and personal interviews with Mouton herself, co-driver Fabrizia Pons plus rivals Ari Vatanen and Walter Röhrl, the film tells the story of Mouton's rise to the top of world rallying in the 1970s and 1980s.

Mouton became an icon of the sport when she drove a fire-breathing Audi Quattro to four victories and nine FIA World Rally Championship podiums in the 1980s. Even today, 40 years on, she remains the only woman to have won a WRC rally outright.

Sanremo 1981 - Michèle Mouton

Those achievements were recognised yesterday (Monday) when ‘Queen of Speed’ was named as the best sports documentary at the 50th International Emmy Awards in New York.

"It was a big surprise just to hear from Drum Studios about the nomination," an elated Mouton told WRC.com. "I wasn't expecting anything, which makes it even more amazing. 

"I did this film because I wanted to leave a trace of my career for my granddaughters, as I never wrote a book. It was really fun to do it and try to remember all the details forgotten after so many years!

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"I've had a fantastic life in motorsport and I really hope this inspires more women to take on the same challenge," she added.

Mouton remains a leading figure in the WRC through her role as FIA Safety Delegate for the championship.

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