Race ace’s bow stalls on eve of new campaign

Rebecca Jackson is now looking ahead to Silverstone
Rebecca Jackson is now looking ahead to Silverstone
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Rebecca Jackson’s new season bow has been frustratingly dashed.

But the Horndean race ace has vowed to make up for lost time when the Porsche Production Boxster Championship switches to Silverstone next month.

A technical issue with Jackson’s Porsche Boxster S has forced her to pull out of the season opener in Rockingham this weekend.

That’s a blow for the woman who is breaking down boundaries in her male-dominated sport.

Jackson admitted it was a disappointment not to be on the grid this weekend.

But the 30-year-old was keeping that blow in context.

And she promised she’ll be at full throttle for Silverstone on May 11 and 12.

Jackson said: ‘We’ve had a setback with some essential equipment, so we are not going to be out for Rockingham.

‘It’s really disappointing, but it’s not our fault, put it that way!

‘It’s one of those things but Silverstone will be the big one now.

‘There are a lot of lows and a few highs in motorsport – but the highs make it all worthwhile.

‘When I got my first podium we had so many problems.

‘But when we got to third place after all the problems I said “this is why I do this!”.

‘Of course it’s disappointing but the car is going to be awesome and I will be on top form for Silverstone.’

Jackson’s move from a Porsche 924 to Boxster marks the start of a four-year plan, which she is hoping will culminate in racing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race.

Taking on men has brought its share of challenges, but her success to date has underlined she can more than punch her weight with her rivals.

Jackson has shown she can turn heads with her talent, too, with Lab Source Africa the latest in a growing line of backers to get behind her project.

Now the racer is intent on justifying the faith shown in her next month as she inches closer to her dream.

Jackson said: ‘I’m a woman in racing, which is unusual, but I also happen to be quick.

‘Five podiums in your second season when you are down on power to your competitors shows that.

‘I’ve given one of the Boxster drivers tuition in his Boxster around Donnington and shaved 1.5sec off his personal best and remained three seconds a lap quicker than him.

‘We are going to be out for Silverstone and will be ready.

‘It’s a major circuit and it’s very exciting.

‘Silverstone is where I took my ARDS test to become a driver.

‘It’s also where I was in my pram as a baby and had my first experience of a motor-racing circuit.

‘So maybe Silverstone first was always the way it was going to be for me.’