Rain Queen puts rivals in a spin at Silverstone

Rebecca Jackson. Picture: Marc Waller (2013).
Rebecca Jackson. Picture: Marc Waller (2013).
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Rebecca Jackson proved why her nickname is the Rain Queen after success at the latest round of the Porsche Production Boxter Championship.

In a car she was driving for the first time, the Horndean racer recorded a first and second in the two races held over the weekend at Silverstone.

With the first race taking place in heavy rain, the 30-year-old called on all of her skills in the wet to grab top position in her class – also muscling her way past two race specification cars from the class above.

But while main rival Julian Brown got the better of her in the second race of the weekend, Jackson was pleased with her efforts that fired her back into championship contention.

She said: ‘The first race was a very, very wet race but I love racing in the rain!

‘I’ve got a bit of a nickname as the Rain Queen.

‘But racing in the rain requires different skills. You have to be very calm and you can’t afford to make any mistakes because if you do that and get into a slide, it’s quite easy to get out of control.

‘There were Boxters spinning off left, right and centre and the safety car was out for about half of the race.

‘I didn’t get the best of starts but I managed to avoid all of the other cars spinning off the track.

‘But I knew I was quicker than him (Brown) and I overtook him and two other cars at Copse corner, which was very satisfying.

‘There were 28 cars on the grid but there were only two cars in my class for this round, although there are normally more.

‘I’d like to race more drivers in my class but that’s the way it is.

‘But I beat the other guy in my class and two full race spec cars and I shouldn’t really be beating them.’

In the second race, Jackson suffered a spin after her attempt at overtaking saw her rival shut her off.

She explained: ‘In the second race, I went to overtake him but he shut the door on me at the last minute.

‘I had the choice of going on to the grass, backing off or hitting him so I backed off.

‘After that, I was so annoyed I got my rear wheel on the slippery stuff and it caused me to spin but I managed to get back on to finish.’

Jackson felt it was a worthwhile weekend ahead of the next round in Zandvoort, Holland on June 8 and 9.

She said: ‘We had only done two 20-minute sessions and hadn’t done loads of testing so it went well.’