Porsche Racing Driver and ITV4 presenter Rebecca Jackson is determined to compete in 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.
This season Rebecca is competing 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.
The female racing driver and TV presenter has engineered a four year plan to progress through the Porsche brand 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. She has correctly identified the stepping stones that the Porsche racing championships offer, although she has always been interested in Porsche and its motorsport heritage, not least due to their success at Le Mans. However, she readily admits that her efforts will probably not be limited to the Porsche brand and all options remain open in her effort to meet her objectives.
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.
This weekend's racing at Brands Hatch went fantastically well for Rebecca and the team. Progress is being made every time Rebecca gets out on track and this has been one of the most rewarding weekends so far this year. Rebecca said: “The weekend at Brands Hatch was the best of the season, I'm settling into driving a GT car and the lap times are competitive. The whole idea of this season was to get to grips with this car and a gen1 997 [Porsche 911] with no driver aids is the best
The threat of stormy weather is setting in across the UK but those forecasts keep changing and no one seems sure if we're going to have a wet weekend at Brands Hatch for the next few rounds of the GT Cup. Regardless of how the weather turns out, Rebecca is feeling positive as every weekend she makes progress with the car and gets closer and closer to her team mate's times. Learning to pedal such a raw and powerful car is an exciting challenge that Rebecca rises to every time she gets ou