Who is the new The Grand Tour driver?
[Photo: Paola Depalmas]
Let's cut to the chase. Meet Abbie Eaton.
Abbie Eaton, born January 2nd of 1992 in England, is the new driver for The Grand Tour. She started karting at age 10 in the comer cadet class, moving up into Minimax and Junior Max, and competing in the Super 1 series. In 2007 and 2008, Eaton raced in the Junior SAXMAX championship, finishing 4th both years.
The year of 2009 marked her first season in adult car racing in the Production Touring Car Championship. With impressive 16 podiums and 7 fastest laps, Abbie became the class B champion with 15/18 wins and finished 2nd in the overall championship.
Eaton finished 3rd out of 90 entries in the Mazda MX5 Mk1 Championship (2010) and achieved 11 top 10 finishes in the 2011 Mazda Mx5 Cup. In 2013 Abbie raced in the last 8 races of the Mazda Mx5 SuperCup with 6 podiums, and also in the Autumn Challenge, achieving two second places. Abbie was crowned the 2014 Mazda Mx5 Supercup Champion with 2 pole positions, 5 wins, 8 podiums, and 6 fastest laps.
In 2015, Abbie raced a BMW M3 V8 GTR part season in the GT CUP, bringing home 1 win, 8 podiums, and 3 fastest laps. Driving a Maserati Granturismo in the British GT4, Abbie achieved 4th overall and was the PRO/AM Vice Champion in 2016.
Abbie Eaton was the first female ever on the podium of the Blancpain Endurance Series for winning a race driving a Ferrari 488 GT3. She is also a racing instructor at Silverstone.
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Looking for more women racing drivers? Read this post by Jess Shanahan or take a look at #girlpower's collaborative list of Women in Motorsport.