Jackson aims to be a Boxster thriller

Horndean star Rebecca Jackson
Horndean star Rebecca Jackson
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Rebecca Jackson stepped up her preparations for another season on the track and declared: I’m going for glory.

The 30-year-old racer debuted in 2011 and followed up her maiden campaign with four podiums and a race victory at Snetterton in 2012.

Now with the taste for success and a new car to get to grips with, Jackson is raring to go again.

The Horndean talent has swapped the Porsche 924 she drove last season for a Porsche Boxster S.

Jackson hopes the switch will be the first stepping stone on the road to fulfilling her Le Mans dream.

For now, though, it is all eyes on the Porsche Production Boxster Championship.

The competition begins on April 6-7 – with three races at Rockingham.

Six weekends of thrills will follow – at prestigious venues such as Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Oulton Park – before the championship culminates at Donington Park on October 19-20.

Jackson hopes she will be on the top step of the podium when it matters most.

And it’s a target which has seen her putting in the hard miles during the winter break.

‘This is year one of the Le Mans plan – obviously it won’t happen overnight,’ said Jackson.

‘It is Boxster this year, GT3 next year and then Porsche Carrera in the final year with Le Mans hopefully being the fourth year.

‘I’m aiming for the championship this summer. To keep my fitness levels up I have been going to the gym and I go salsa dancing twice a week.

‘And then to keep my driving skills intact, I bought a Mazda RX8 to go to track days and I go karting, too.’

Securing sponsorship was crucial to Jackson’s title ambitions – and with Michelin, Corbeau Seats and Lifeline Fire & Safety Systems now on board, she is in pole position to deliver a glory charge.

But they are not the only experts in the driver’s corner.

Former Formula One driver and Le Mans regular Alan McNish has been a source of important advice.

‘I am in regular contact with him,’ said Jackson.

‘He was the one who gave me advice on how to drive Snetterton, which I won last year.’

Jackson will also be continuing her media commitments this term.

She has already filmed a series of reviews for Car Buyer and AutoTrader and will be shooting a video diary on her quest to become a Le Mans 24 Hours driver.

It all makes for an exciting 2013 in the Jackson camp.