British Racing Driver and TV Presenter Rebecca Jackson was determined to compete at the prestigious ‘Le Mans 24 hour’ endurance race, respected as one of the toughest races that exists. Rebecca 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 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, still backed by Turtle Wax and 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 was another huge step up toward the final goal and another fantastic year with the household car care brand, Turtle Wax.
Rebecca's ‘Project Le Mans’ has attracted a volley of interest from the international press and is being very well documented now and over the last three and a half years through, press, TV and social media. Her most popular title documenting the journey is The Telegraph. 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 was determined to compete at Le Mans and this year she proved successful in that mission. She has used this project to act as an inspiration to young people, men and 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. Watch the 'Project Le Mans - a success' video here.
Getting to know the MINI John Cooper Works It's MINI Monday and today we're looking at Rebecca's long-termer, the MINI JCW. She's had this car since mid-August and they're getting along brilliantly. Rebecca drove a race-prepared JCW in the MINI CHALLENGE and said it was a fierce mini touring car. Now she's been testing the road going version and while it's not quite as powerful, it's still a lot of fun. Most recently she's been playing with the car's dif
This weekend Rebecca heads to Zandvoort for the Finaleraces, an event that marks the end of the SRO European GT racing season. Once again she'll be in the KTM X-Bow GT4, helping Team WP Performance towards the title. Rebecca is currently third in the RYS female championship and she's keen to hold onto that. She says: “This season has been a lot of fun and I've throughly enjoyed driving the X-Bow GT4 alongside a grid of such talented drivers. This weekend I'll be focusing