British Racing Driver and TV Presenter Rebecca Jackson is determined to compete at the prestigious ‘Le Mans 24 hour’ endurance race, respected as one of the toughest races that exists. Rebecca has had her eye on racing at Le Mans since an early age and this was fortified after spectating at the event as a guest of Michelin.
The glamorous female racing driver and TV presenter has engineered a four year plan to progress through various different championships and series up to GT racing and eventually the highly prestigious ‘Le Mans 24 hour’ endurance race. In her second season of racing she achieved 5 podiums in the fiercely competitive BRSCC Porsche 924 Championship including a race victory. In line with her plan, after winning the BRSCC Production Boxster Championship in 2013, she then went onto compete in longer races with the 750mc in the Cartek Roadsports Endurance Series backed by Turtle Wax. In the same year, Team Turtle Wax also won its class at The Birkett 6 Hour Relay Race.
Last season Rebecca competed in the Bute Motorsport GT Cup Championship behind the wheel of a factory built Porsche 911 Cup car, sharing the drive with Kent based Mike Sellar, mastering the art of handling a 911 with over 440bhp and no driver aids! This amongst her other experience has earned the reputation as a fast but safe pair of hands for any motor racing car. This year Rebecca is one of a selected number of talented drivers competing in SRO's European GT Series in a KTM and Reiter Engineering developed GT4 car with carbon fibre monocoque chassis. This is another huge step up toward the final goal.
Rebecca's ‘Project Le Mans’ is attracting a volley of interest from the international press and is being very well documented through, press, TV and social media. This is important as in addition to her objectives of competing at the Le Mans 24 hour endurance race she also has peripheral endeavours.
She intends to use the press profile that ‘Project Le Mans’ is attracting to promote awareness for Breast Cancer Research. She has also pledged 100% of the profits, made through sales of selected commissioned merchandising, to be donated to charities that devote their efforts in getting vulnerable and homeless children off the streets and educating them in a stable environment. Funds will be raised for Instituto Ayrton Senna.
Rebecca is determined to compete at Le Mans as to act as an inspiration to women in what ever their aspirations in life are. Rebecca truly believes that with the right level of diligence commitment, belief, and of course a little luck, anyone can achieve their ambitions. After all, she was a Michelin Inspirational Woman 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Image by GJC Motorsport Media This weekend Rebecca will compete in her second MINI Challenge race, this time at Silverstone. This track is quite special to Rebecca as it’s where she took her race license and it’s also where Team Turtle Wax drove to victory in the Birkett 6-hour relay race. Rebecca said: “Silverstone is the first ever race track I visited as a baby in my pram while my father was racing in the same race but years before and when it was invitation only.” D
You can catch Rebecca live on BBC2 and BBC News this morning shortly after 10am where she’ll be talking about autonomous cars. The casual chat will cover the safety of these driverless vehicles as well as delving deeper into the revolutionary technology. Rebecca is keen to share her views on whether autonomous vehicles are fun and safe, especially as we move into a time when they’re becoming more and more viable. Autonomous cars are going to be a big part of our future. Many cars al