A motorsport driver from Mosborough has called on the sport to become more inclusive towards women and the LGBTQ+ community.

Patrick Seal, 35, who races for Redseal Racing, believes more needs to be done to bring diversity to motor racing and wants to be the first team at grassroots level to end the stereotype that it is a masculine and elite sport. 

“It’s so male dominated and there’s no need for it. If you’re fast, you’re fast,” Seal said. 

“It’s something we feel passionately about as my family members have dealt with prejudice on sexual orientation. 

“If something doesn’t change then it will be an opaque sport, diversity is hugely important for the future.”

The team are searching for their first sponsorship packages and want to work closely with LGBTQ+ charities and businesses across Sheffield with positive social policies next season.

Mr Seal believes his team need sponsors so that they can help create an accessible pathway into motorsport. 

“Trying to get into motorsport is incredibly difficult. 

“You’ve got to have the money and the financial backing, it just adds up and up,” he said.

“We want to offer the cheapest seats in the paddock without dumbing down the quality and a place where people can come without fear and be who they are.” 

Despite facing difficulties, Redseal Racing – which was founded in April 2018 by Mr Seal and his brother Dan – have had a successful first full season. 

The team, which competes in the Trackday Championship, managed to claim their first ever trophy at the Zandvoort Circuit in Amsterdam when finishing third on the track. 

“To get a trophy was a surreal moment,” Mr Seal said. 

“I was watching it from home jumping up and down in my living room! It was sod’s law I was not there. 

“We are brothers doing it together to try and help others, but we want to push to the front of the grid as there are no points for second place.”