Former racing driver turned porn star Renee Gracie has labelled Supercars officials ‘misogynistic, judgmental and hypocritical’ after one called her plans to make a return to the sport nothing more than a publicity stunt to sell more sex videos.
‘It won’t happen,’ he told a PerthNow reporter recently.
But Gracie, a veteran of 95 Supercar races and two Bathurst 1000s who now earns around $4million a year for her work on X-rated social media site OnlyFans, says no-one can stop her if she wants to get behind the wheel again.
Response: Former racing driver turned porn star Renee Gracie has labelled Supercars officials ‘misogynistic, judgemental and hypocritical’ after one called her plans to make a return to the sport nothing more than a publicity stunt to sell more sex videos
‘Supercars will try to make it hard for me, but it is really quite simple,’ she said.
‘I’ve got plenty of money and sponsors behind me and I’ve renewed my CAMS licence every year so all I have to do is get a car and a team together and enter a race. It’s as easy as that.
‘I’m in a position now where I don’t have to let anyone tell me what to do. Times have changed, but Supercars can’t see that. They say they support women in sport but that’s not the case.
‘I lived through it when I was driving. I experienced for myself the way they treat women. It’s fine if they are in the background or handling the media but they didn’t want us in the spotlight doing the driving.
Back on track? Renee, who retired from racing in 2017 and started her porn career early last year, made headlines last month when she announced plans to buy her own racing team and enter the upcoming Bathurst 1000. Pictured here on October 8, 2016, in Bathurst
‘It’s the same with other minorities. You don’t see people of colour or openly gay driving Supercars. If I had been bi or lesbian I never would have come out when I was driving because they wouldn’t have been able to handle it.
‘They’re old school. They’re not living in this century.’
Gracie quit professional driving three years ago due to the high cost of competing and the sexist attitudes of some men in the sport.
She was introduced to the subscriber porn site OnlyFans by a friend and last year estimated her annual income at around $3.5million.
Subscribers pay a set fee to access her site and higher amounts to see her and her boyfriend perform ‘requests’.
‘I’m ahead of that now,’ she says of the $3.5million mark.
‘But if I do decide to go back to driving, I won’t have to spend a lot of my own money.
‘I’m in a position now where I don’t have to let anyone tell me what to do. Times have changed, but Supercars can’t see that. They say they support women in sport but that’s not the case,’ Renee said
‘I have plenty of sponsors lining up. Two or three are from the porn industry but there are also a few small to medium sized companies that want to be involved.
‘I have a construction company in Queensland that thinks it would be a great reward for their workers to see their logo on my car.’
Gracie’s original plan was to enter two or three Supercar events next season and hope to be offered some wildcard entries as well, but she is also looking at other options.
‘Supercars has made it clear that they don’t want me, and I have to ask myself whether going through all the hassle of fighting them is the best thing for me and my mental health,’ she said.
‘I’m currently raising money for the Black Dog Institute on my OnlyFans site for Mental Health Month, so that’s something I’m very aware of.
‘There are plenty of other categories that I can enter without that fuss. GT and Trans-Am have shown interest. I might even just buy an old truck and race that for fun.
Wonder women: Renee was part of an all-female team that competed at Bathurst in 2015. She also raced with Simona de Silvestro (left) in 2016
‘That’s got to be a priority – to have fun – and Supercars wouldn’t be fun. I might just go somewhere else and they can look at the size of the fanbase and sponsorships I attract and think about what they missed out on.’
Asked to pick a word to describe Supercars, she didn’t hesitate.
‘Misogynistic would be number one,’ she said.
‘Then judgmental. Who do they think they are to judge someone on what they choose to do? As long as they are not breaking the law – which I am not – it should be none of their business.’
Which leads to number three on Gracie’s list – hypocritical.
‘I can guarantee that every one of those men involved with Supercars has watched porn,’ she said.
‘They might have watched it on their phone or on their computer, they might have taken photos or videos with their partner – and then they judge me for doing exactly the same thing? If that’s not hypocrisy I don’t know what is.’
Asked if she knew of anyone from Supercars subscribing to her site, she answered: ‘I don’t know. It is anonymous… but nothing surprises me anymore.’
Cashing in! Renee was introduced to the subscriber porn site OnlyFans by a friend and last year estimated her annual income at around $3.5 million. Subscribers pay a set fee to access her site and higher amounts to see her and her boyfriend perform ‘requests’