W Series Career Stats
- Age: 29
- Nationality: British
- Hometown: Northampton
- Date of birth: 02/01/1992
- Career highlight: My career highlight was probably being scouted out and given the opportunity to become the Test Driver for Amazon’s hit TV show, The Grand Tour. Although not to do with racing directly, it was a great feeling to have my racing achievements recognised in being given such an iconic role.
- Favourite circuit: It has to be Oulton Park in the UK, I’ve not done that many races abroad so maybe it’ll change after the 2021 W Series season!
- Sporting hero: I don’t have a specific sporting hero, I have huge admiration for all of the elite sportspeople out there that have dedicated their life to their passion. Doing so requires a lot of sacrifice, hard work and determination so I have great respect for them all. However I have just recently learned about a Tennis player called Billie Jean King, and her win in the ‘Battle of the sexes’ in 1973, quite an inspirational story!
- Favourite animal: Dog
Born to a racing driver father, but without a silver spoon in her mouth, Abbie grew up around motorsport. When she was small she says her father – ‘clutching trophies in his sweaty overalls’ – was her hero. At the age of ten she began karting and went on to compete at a national level, moving to cars when she was fifteen.
Abbie began her early career in the Junior Saloon Car Trophy, finishing in the top three. In her first year of the senior Production Touring Car Trophy she won 15 of her 18 races and went on to win the MX5 Super Cup Championship. She moved into British GT, racing a Maserati GT4 and came second in the Pro-Am Championship, and has competed in the Blancpain Endurance GT3 where she won her class.
In 2018 she joined the cast of Amazon’s The Grand Tour – presented by Jeremy Clarkson – to become their test driver. Abbie was initially one of W Series’ critics, but after watching the inaugural season, and seeing how it helped to develop the drivers’ careers, she became a convert.
“I was initially sceptical about W Series, but I can put my hands up and say I was wrong. The level of competition is extremely high and I’m excited to get back on track. Being in a male-dominated sport you have to be more aggressive and hungry on track to get what you want. I think it’s why racing in a female championship is going to be harder than in a mixed one. All of our determination is going to be so much stronger”