Professional race motor vehicle driver and The Grand Tour’s in-dwelling warm-lapper, Abbie Eaton, has lastly gotten back again powering the wheel of a race automobile after breaking her back again at the Circuit of the Americas in a W Series race in Oct 2021.
Following months of rehab and schooling, Eaton was ultimately able to slide into a Revolution A-A person race car or truck. Powered by a supercharged Ford-dependent 3.7-liter V6 motor that would make around 550 hp (410 kW/558 PS), the race automobile characteristics a carbon-fiber tub and can continue to keep up with LMP3 race autos. The aim of the check, suggests Eaton, is to race once more in Zandvoort on April 9-10, which she phone calls 1 of her favorite tracks.
“I’m even now in one piece, so phew. Yeah. Aid,” stated Eaton of her to start with few laps in the race motor vehicle, which is new to her. “I was excited to get back in but you kind of ponder no matter whether when you are out there you’ll think ‘What am I undertaking?’ But thankfully I did not and it was just me sort of pushing as significantly as I could.”
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Eaton claimed that she was pushing at about 80 p.c on this day in order not to overextend herself on her to start with foray again out on track. She included, while, that she was experience nicely sufficient to test the car’s restrictions.
At Zandvoort, she’ll share her seat with Jorge Calado from Carfection in get to make certain that she does not check with far too much of herself through her initial race weekend back again in action. That will be crucial this calendar year mainly because she has large options.
Although 17 of the 18 seats offered in the W Sequence are spoken for, Eaton is coaching and driving correct now in purchase to make her circumstance for the very last car which is readily available. I assume we can all be a part of in wishing her pretty good luck on her mission.