W Series Interview - Abbie Eaton
I caught up with the legendary driver recently to chat about W Series, her experience in racing so far and her favourite type of biscuit.
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Abbie Eaton was born on the 2nd of January 1992 in East Riding, Yorkshire, England. On the 15th December 2017, she made her debut as the new racing driver on our favourite motoring show, ‘The Grand Tour’. She's competed in a wide range of motorsport (check out her full backstory in the link below) and will be trying her hand at single seater racing in 2021 by joining the W Series grid this June.
I caught up with Abbie for a quick chat recently to talk about what made her fall in love with racing, her goals for W Series this year and more. I hope you enjoy our conversation.
Being The Grand Tour’s racing driver is just the beginning – she’s a certified racing badass.
What made you fall in love with motor racing?
My father has always been involved in Motorsport, so I grew up around it and immediately loved it. There are photos of me as a toddler sat in my dads kart with a big grin on my face!
What are you your goals for W Series this year?
W Series is an entirely new challenge for me, I’ve never raced single seaters and even though I’m one of the oldest on the grid, I’m the most inexperienced in them. So for me, I’m just going to aim to improve on each outing, understand the car more and more and learn what I need to do to unlock the speed. I’m confident it will come, I’ll just be learning on the job!
Which track are you most looking forward to race at?
All of them! We’re visiting some great circuits this year and driving on F1 race weekends will be something special. But I think I’m really looking forward to my home race at Silverstone. It’s a circuit I know well and driving in front of a home crowd (hopefully), will be special.
Who are you most looking forward to race against?
Everyone! The grid is full of talented drivers so I can’t wait to get stuck in and learn from them all.
How much do you think your experience in other types of racing will help you in
I think jumping in and out of different cars regularly will help me to acclimatise to the Tatuus F3, but I don’t really have any experience in something even remotely similar so it will be a big learning curve ahead.
What is your favourite moment from your racing career so far?
Every single win is special, but I think the most valued one was winning the British Mazda Mx5 Supercup championship with my family run team, it was special sharing it with my family.
Can you tell us a bit more about your role as a Driver Ambassador for Racing
Racing Pride was set up to help promote inclusivity and diversity in motorsport for people from all walks of life, my involvement is to show that I live my life authentically and am still able to be successful.
What is the most random thing you’ve done during lockdown?
I did a few things during lockdown to entertain myself. Firstly I signed up as a delivery driver doing night shifts up to Scotland and back! It was hard work and I really do take my hat off to night shift workers.
Also I learned how to juggle!
What’s the best car you’ve ever driven?
Probably just recently the Lamborghini Huracan GT3, it’s such a big monstrous car but it feels so nimble and agile when you’re driving it. Really impressive stuff!
Photo Credit: Lamborghini Media Centre
Do you have a favourite type of biscuit?
My favourite biscuit is the Digestive caramel! I try not to buy them or else the pack is gone extremely quickly.
What does your perfect Sunday look like?
My perfect Sunday is always in a race car!
I caught up with the Italian W Series driver recently to chat about racing and much more.
It's going to be fascinating to see how Abbie gets on in W Series this year. And as a motor racing fan, I really should have guessed that racing would have been the main feature of Abbie's perfect Sunday!
I'm sure everyone here at DriveTribe and anyone who's a fan of The Grand Tour will be rooting for Abbie when W Series starts this June in Le Castellet.
Big thanks again to Abbie for her time and I wish her the best of luck with racing this year
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