Former Supercars driver turned adult entertainer Renee Gracie has lifted the lid on a famous controversy from her historic 2016 Bathurst 1000 entry with Simona De Silvestro.
Gracie and Swiss driver De Silvestro became the first all-female pairing at Bathurst when they teamed up for ProDrive Racing, but a sexism debate overshadowed their entry after rival driver David Reynolds referred to their car as the ‘p***ywagon’.
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That comment sparked controversy but Gracie, who has since quit motorsport and turned to adult entertainment through content-sharing platform OnlyFans, told the Daily Telegraph this week that Supercars officials had all but made her and De Silvestro publicly respond to Reynolds’ comments.
The now 25-year-old said Supercars officials were incredibly unhappy about what Reynolds had said, and were insistent on having Gracie and De Silvestro respond to them - even though Gracie herself was largely ambivalent on what had been said.
“I didn’t even know he had said it, but I was sat down and told that I would have to comment on it,” Gracie said.
“I was told Supercars were not going to let it slide, and they were not happy with it.
“It was during a time when a lot of footy players were mistreating women and they reacted because of it.
“They wanted to take a stance and made it clear that he would be made an example of. I didn’t have a choice in what I said. I just did what they asked me to do.”
Renee Gracie opens up on Bathurst controversy
Gracie, who now owns a yellow Ford Mustang she herself has given the custom license plate of ‘PSY WGN’, in homage to the car driven by Uma Thurman’s character in the Kill Bill movies, said she felt Reynolds had been dealt with harshly.
“They were trying to prove a point … Dave just made a joke. He is a great guy and one of the best in the category,” Gracie said.
“The sport would be bland and boring if he wasn’t around.
“He was just trying to be funny and, to be honest, I did think it was funny. Everyone knows he means well and sometimes you get that crazy weird stuff.”
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Since leaving the motorsport world behind after the cost of entry became too high, Gracie has turned to adult entertainment site OnlyFans for income, a move that has proven to be incredibly lucrative.
The former Supercars driver says she has earned as much as $500,000 a month on the platform, leading her to reconsider her motorsport career.
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