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.
In 2015, 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. Last year Rebecca was 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 finished 3rd in the Reiter Young Stars Championship.
Rebecca's ‘Project Le Mans’ has attracted a volley of interest from the international press and has been 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 last 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.
It was a scorcher of a weekend at Brands Hatch for the latest round of the MINI Challenge where Rebecca got out in the JCW MINI once again. She started the weekend by qualifying in P26 and was keen to overtake as many cars as she could going into the first race. Rebecca managed to overtake eight cars in just two laps, helped along by ex-F1 driver Mark Blundell who was racing as a guest. Blundell spun and Rebecca was able to move past the cars trying to avoid him. From there she was making grea
Rebecca only managed to get 30 minutes of track time during testing at Silverstone due to mechanical issues. The team changed the spark plugs and coil packs to try and identify the cause of the misfire. Eventually, it was discovered that the boost control valve was to blame. This was promptly fixed for qualifying. Despite limited running in testing, Rebecca went four seconds quicker in qualifying, placing her P26 for the first race of the weekend. In race 1, Rebecca got a fantastic start, maki