It’s been an exciting year for Rebecca as she fulfilled Project Le Mans, got behind the wheel of a completely different race car and picked up 3rd in the RYS female championship. As well as the racing, Rebecca’s been to all sorts of events, worked with some fantastic people and filmed a whole host of videos. She’s even set the wheels in motion for two very exciting projects you’ll no doubt hear more about next year.
Rebecca makes it to Le Mans
By far the biggest accomplishment of this year, and her racing career to date, is fulfilling Project Le Mans.
The enormous project came to a close in June and after just over three years of hard work, Rebecca found herself competing at arguably one of the most prestigious motorsport events in the world. She took to the famous La Sarthe circuit of Le Mans in the LMP3 Ligier - run by Spanish team Speed Factory Racing - with teammate Jesus Fuster racing alongside former Le Mans 24 winners and F1 drivers. The 200,00+ strong crowds just enhanced the experience further. Racing in the Road to Le Mans support race for the Le Mans 24 was a fantastic opportunity and has just fuelled her desire to get into the 24-hour race.
After the event, Rebecca said: “It feels incredible to have raced at Le Mans. Some of the best laps of my life! The last three and a half years of hard work really were worth it. I am now a Le Mans racer and I'll always remember how it felt to race here. With the right level of sponsorship, I would love to compete in the full 24 hour”
It’s been a full year for Rebecca when it comes to her on-track time and she’s been racing in all sorts of brilliantly powerful and competent cars this year.
SRO European GT4 Championship – RYS
Rebecca’s season in the KTM X-Bow GT4 was an excellent chance to get to grips with a fast, fun car but also to experience some of Europe’s best tracks. Consistently finishing high up in the order, Rebecca and her team mate Thomas Krebs, both achieved 3rd place championship trophies at the end of the season.
Team WP Performance also took the top spot in the overall RYS standings thanks to the hard work of the students from FH Aachen University.
This year also saw Rebecca get behind the wheel of a very different car, the MINI JCW. She took part in four rounds of the MINI Challenge where she got used to the front-wheel-drive mini touring car. Going from rear-wheel-drive cars to this fun little racer was quite the experience but now Rebecca’s tried it, she’s not ruling out more touring car action in her future.
Guest driver at Zolder
To promote Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus’ amazing SCG003C, Rebecca took part in its customer racing programme. She hopped in the 650bhp race car as a guest driver at Zolder and throughly enjoyed the experience. This adds yet another entry to the long list of cars Rebecca has had the pleasure of racing.
Rebecca also took part in the Dubai 24 hour this year. Her BMW M235i was run by Sorg Rennsport. She also reached her Permit B Nordschleife Nurburgring Licence to race at VLN, of which she entered one however sadly her teammate crashed the car so she was unable to compete.
Rebecca joins FOY at 'Professional Beauty'
Earlier this year Rebecca joined premium skincare brand FOY, of which she is an ambassador for, at the Professional Beauty show in London. Lucky guests got to chat with Rebecca, hear about her racing career and even had the chance to win a track day.
Joining forces with Bright Young Things Film Club, Rebecca hosted a very special screening of Speed Sisters. Afterwards she led a Q&A with one of the stars of the film along with its director.
Television and Radio
As well as appearing on television in her race cars, Rebecca also appeared on television talking about current motoring issues. This included a piece with the BBC where she spoke about autonomous cars and a piece on Sky News discussing the recent Admiral insurance story.
You may have also heard Rebecca on local radio stations too as she advised BBC Essex listeners with fuel saving tips, featured on BBC Berkshire about Project Le Mans and gave her opinion on the new Top Gear.
Goodwood Porsche hill climb
Returning to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Rebecca took this beautiful Porsche Boxster up the hill as well as a Porsche 911 Turbo.
Rebecca's favourite road car of the year
As well as driving a variety of cars on track, Rebecca has also reviewed a number of other cars for the Telegraph. One of her favourites was the MINI JCW convertible.
Rebecca and The Telegraph drew on her motoring and car dealer expertise to help shoppers look for a new car. Choose Your Car contains 8 episodes to advise buyers on what to look for when buying a vehicle, ranging from superminis and electric cars to sports cars and hot hatches.
Filming with Peugeot
Rebecca shot a car video with Peugeot for its 2008 SUV. She showed off the French car's robust styling and innovative Grip Control.
Charity Fuel Card
Rebecca has been working closely with the Charity Fuel Card this year. It’s the only fuel card that actively gives back to charities, while saving you money on fuel. This is a fantastic cause and those behind it work so hard to make giving money to worthwhile charities completely hassle free. Please take five minutes to take a look at the Charity Fuel Card website.
Rebecca has also been supporting Circus Starr, a not-for-profit circus that travels the country entertaining disadvantaged, disabled and vulnerable children. Through its unique network of partner charities and local businesses, Circus Starr provides over £1.3 million worth of free tickets to children, their families and community groups throughout the UK every year. Take a look at the website.
As 2016 is drawing to a close, we wanted to take a moment to say Merry Christmas and best wishes for a fruitful and successful year ahead. As always, without your support, none of this would be possible. Thank you Turtle Wax, FOY, Challenger Mobile Communications, MINI UK, The Telegraph, sc.ene and Fed202 website design and hosting.