Who is the Stig?
It’s been a slow news week so we thought we’d write a piece on the current Grand Tour Driver. We know who the Stig is, or was. First it was one time F1 racer, Perry McCarthy. Then it was (allegedly) actual F1 racer (and champion) Damon Hill. Rumour has it that it had also been Mark Webber. But probably the most well know Grand Tour Driver was the relative unknown Ben Collins. Ben had had a relatively successful junior career, going as far as competing in GP2, scrubbing up well at the Macau Grand Prix, and actually testing some F1 machinery in anger. Since then he’s been off doubling as James Bond when the driving gets fruity.
Who is the Grand Tour Driver?
But less has been written about the actual Grand Tour Driver. “OK, Let’s see what you’ve got” Abbie Eaton! Abbie is a proper northerner, just like yours truly and his co-director. While her karting career may not have reached the heady highs of International Rotax Max, she competed at Super One level where there is no lack of natural talent (even for those at the back). Graduating to bumper cars, I mean SaxMax, is also worth a mention. Run by the 750 Motor Club, SaxMax may be the cheapest way to get into motor sport, and that makes it seriously competitive at the sharp end. Once season and 4th overall is serious progress. Deciding to move to a single-make series (which are always competitive) Abbie then moved to the Mazda MX-5 Supercup, winning the title in her first full campaign. From then on things start to get very fast. Fourth overall in the British GT Championship the following year, followed by an outing in a factory Ferrari in Blancpain the year after, Abbie would not look out of place in the W Series….or any other prototype racing for that matter!
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