Hawkins to make BTCC debut for PMR at Snetterton

Jess Hawkins will race in Power Maxed Car Care’s Vauxhall Astra at the next BTCC race weekend at Snetterton Circuit, on October 24-25th.

The 25-year-old drove in their Astra at Snetterton last month, but she will make her on-track British Touring Car Championship debut at Rounds 22-24.

Hawkins said: “BTCC is where I’ve always wanted to be – it’s my dream.

“I’ve managed to knock on the door a few times, but I genuinely can’t believe it’s actually happening, especially with such a great team behind me in PMR.”

The team did not participate at the recent Croft weekend with Mike Bushell jumping to another team, and Jac Constable unable to make his scheduled BTCC debut for PMR.

Before that, Jade Edwards debuted at Silverstone in the same car and became the first female driver to race in the BTCC since 2007.

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“I have to give a massive thanks to FastR, Motorsport Legal, Clapham North MOT, Elliot Brown Watches and the Motorsport Collective for backing me and giving me the support needed for this incredible opportunity”, she continued.

“I hope it’s the first of many appearances on the grid for me!”

“I’m really excited about seeing what Jess can do in the Astra,” said Team Principal Adam Weaver.

“She impressed us at her initial test session a few weeks ago and, judging by her results in front-wheel drive machinery, should be a strong contender once she hits the Norfolk tarmac in a couple of weeks.”

Hawkins built her reputation with various karting titles, and other motorsport outings.

As an accredited stunt driver, she featured in events like driving several cars in the Fast and Furious Live Show, and for the upcoming ‘No Time to Die’ James Bond film.

She also features in the 2021 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records for her efforts to drive the world’s fastest accelerating lawnmower at a 6.29s time from 0-100mph.

Hawkins also raced in W Series since their inaugural running in 2019, in which the 2020 season was disrupted by COVID-19.

Weaver continued: “Not only does she show phenomenal car control, as evidenced by her on-screen stunt credentials, but she’s a great person to work with, and shows tremendous commercial acumen.”

She will be keen to show her talent at the penultimate BTCC weekend this year.