Rebecca Jackson is to compete in the LMP3 class of the Road to Le Mans race on Saturday 18 June: Le Mans 24 is arguably the most prestigious motorsport event in the world and after just over three years of hard work, dedication and perseverance, Rebecca Racer will be heading there to compete in the Road to Le Mans race, which takes place on Saturday 18 June just a few hours before the main 24-hour race on the same circuit.
She says: “Yes we have done it, I will be racing at Le Mans. Thank you everyone who believed in me! In my wildest dreams I never thought a prototype was within my reach and in just over three years it has come through to fruition!”
Rebecca will be racing a LMP3 Ligier with a 420bhp Nissan V8 engine and will be competing alongside some very well known names in motorsport. Sky F1 commentator and former Formula One driver Martin Brundle will also be racing in the LMP3 class, as will Ginetta boss Lawrence Tomlinson.
Rebecca would like to thank 2016 sponsors Turtle Wax, FOY, Challenger Communications, FED202, Accomplish Capital and media partner Telegraph Cars for all their support on this amazing journey.
The LMP3 cars have been introduced to add a stepping stone towards the LMP2 and LMP1 cars that race in the World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans. The idea behind this class is to provide as few constraints as possible to allow drivers to go from GT cars through to prototype racing. The chassis and bodywork of the LMP3 is very close to that of the LMP2 with a closed cockpit, carbon chassis and a tubular roll cage.
Getting to Le Mans hasn’t been an easy undertaking, the enormity of the project is impressive but Rebecca has followed her dreams to go from track-day enthusiast through to racing a prototype at one of the biggest race events in the world.
She says: “There have been so many highs but also lows, challenges and obstacles I’ve had to overcome. There have been doors opened for me that I did not even know existed. I could not have done it without determination, dedication and belief. This complements the support from the people around me who understood when I was off the radar, head down in my work. I’ve had tremendous support from my sponsors and media supporters, not to mention people I’ve never met championing my cause on social media.”
Rebecca Jackson, also known as Rebecca Racer, has completed Project Le Mans, her four-year plan to progress up to GT racing and the highly prestigious Le Mans event. She was the 2013 BRSCC Production Boxster Champion and is a frequent podium finisher. She also competed in the Birkett 6-hour Relay Race, with her team taking the class win.
In line with her plan, she raced a Porsche 911 in the Bute Motorsport GT Cup in 2015, competed in the Dubai 24h race and now races a KTM X-Bow GT4 in the SRO European GT series, with four rounds in the JCW class of the MINI Challenge too. For more information on Rebecca and Project Le Mans, visit www.rebeccaracer.com.
Rebecca’s race takes place at 11:10 on Saturday 18 June. The full timetable including practice and qualifying sessions can be viewed here. The race can be watched live on Le Mans TV, Motors TV and Eurosport, and listened to on Radio Le Mans.
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