Hawkins returns as Neate sits out Snetterton rounds

Jessica Hawkins will replace Andy Neate at the following rounds of the British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton on June 12/13.

Due to what has been deemed are ‘personal reasons’, Motorbase’s Andy Neate has volunteered to sit out Rounds 4, 5, and 6 on the calendar following his accident at Thruxton.

The Bond stunt driver made her BTCC debut in 2020 at the Norwich circuit which she will make her return in two weeks time.

“Having known Andy and his family for a good few years, I received a call from him last week asking if I was available on the weekend of the next round of the BTCC,” said Hawkins.

“I did not expect his response to be ‘I would quite like to sit Snetterton out, and I’d really like to put you in the car’.

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“Obviously, he didn’t need to ask twice! Shocked and speechless at the time, I am humbled to be on the receiving end of Andy’s generosity – I’ll do my best to make the Neates and the team at Motorbase proud.”

Her best finish in Power Maxed Racing’s Vauxhall Astra was 20th position in Race 3 and will look to pursue a much higher feat in the more competitive Ford Focus ST.

Neate reflected on the Thruxton weekend as ‘bitterly disappointing’ in light of his pileup involving Team HARD’s Glynn Geddie and BTC Racing’s Jade Edwards.

He will return at Brands Hatch, but wants to take the time to regain his confidence and reattempt to unleash the Ford’s potential.

Neate added: “Jess is a fantastic British talent and I know she has full-time BTCC aspirations too.

“I hope this opportunity I can give her will be the platform for her to secure a spot on the grid in the not-so-distant future.”