Rebecca Jackson (presenter)

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Rebecca Jackson
Born Horndean, Hampshire, England
Nationality British
Occupation Television presenter, racing driver, entrepreneur, and motoring journalist

Rebecca Jackson is a British television presenter, racing driver, entrepreneur, and motoring journalist.

Early life[edit]

Jackson was born in 1982 in Horndean, Hampshire, where she had her first insight into motorsport as a child. Her engineer father restored classic cars and competed in the annual Birkett 6 Hour Team Relay Race at Silverstone race circuit and her mother is a driving instructor.[1][2]

It is in Devon that Jackson first learned to drive, before she was old enough to drive on the road, using nearby farmland that was often used for racing. Jackson got her driving license aged 17 after two months of lessons[3] and purchased her first car – a Peugeot 205 1.4 GR, continuing to use farmland to practise precision driving. Jackson’s first taste of competitive motorsport was a grasstrack autosolo race which she won.[1][4]

Education[edit]

Jackson attended university in Bath, Somerset, studying natural science for one year before changing subjects and graduating in 2004 with a 2:1 degree in business studies.[2][5]

Career[edit]

Jackson set up a used car business called RJ Internet Showroom in 2007, selling budget cars for under £1000.[6] This was started with £300 and a Vauxhall Cavalier.[7] Jackson has built this up to a higher end company, RJ Prestige Cars, which includes Rolls Royce Jaguar and BMW in the stock list of cars for sale and also offers other services such as consultancy.[6] The company is based in Reading where Jackson lives.[1][8]

Presenting[edit]

Jackson presented video reviews for CarBuyer with co-presenter Mat Watson reviewing features of new cars. In August 2014 she moved to Telegraph Cars.[9]

ITV4 debuted the consumer based car show I Want That Car in autumn of 2013.[10] The show was a ten episode series where Jackson and CarBuyer co-presenter Mat Watson helped two buyers in each episode find the car they want within their budget. The show was not picked up again for a second series.[11] It will involve the presenters finding and reviewing cars for the buyers as well as negotiating a selling price.[12]

During the 25th season of Fifth Gear, Jackson served as a "Guest Presenter" on the sixth episode where she and Tiff Needell took part in the Exeter Trial.[13]

Writing[edit]

Jackson writes a motoring blog for the Girlracer website[2][5][6][14]

World Record[edit]

On 9–10 June 2015 Rebecca and fellow motoring correspondent Andrew Frankel set a new Guinness World Record for the highest number of countries visited by car using a single tank of fuel in an Audi A6: the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Germany, Slovenia, Italy, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Hungary. The event was supported by Audi and the RAC; the pair travelled a total of 1159 miles at an average speed of 49 mph.[15]

Motorsport[edit]

Jackson is a member of British Racing and Sports Car Club.[4][16]

Project Le Mans: 2013–2016[edit]

Jackson's 2013 Porsche Boxster

Racing at 24 Hours of Le Mans is a dream of Jackson's.[4] At Autosport International 2013, she launched Project Le Mans, her four-year plan of competing in the endurance race.[6] This plan involves winning the British Racing and Sports Car Club (BRSCC) Porsche Production Boxster class championship 2013, which she subsequently won, out of the four drivers in her class. In 2014, year 2, Jackson planned on competing in the higher Race Spec Porsche Boxster class and in year 3, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Challenge. The plan for 2016, the final year of the project is to be racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain and 24 Hours of Le Mans.[17][18]

BRSCC Porsche Championship 2011[edit]

Jackson debuted in 2011 in the BRSCC Porsche Championship with Porsche Racing Drivers Association without prior experience of rear wheel drive racing in a 35-year-old white Porsche 924 and finished 8th of 16.[16]

Jackson - Race Results 2011
Event No. Circuit Race Grid Position Result No. of Drivers Points Scored
1 Silverstone 1 10 8 8 15
Silverstone 2 10 8 8 15
2 Donnington Park 1 8 8 9 15
Donnington Park 2 - - 8 -
3 Cadwell Park 1 - - 5 -
Cadwell Park 2 - - 8 -
4 Oulton Park 1 - - 6 -
Oulton Park 2 7 5 6 18
5 Rockingham 1 10 13 13 10
Rockingham 2 - - 11 -
6 Brands Hatch 1 10 10 11 13
Brands Hatch 2 10 11 11 12
7 Snetterton 1 7 10 10 13
Snetterton 2 10 7 10 16
8 Rockingham 1 4 6 9 17
Rockingham 2 6 7 9 16

2012[edit]

Racing in the Porsche 924 class for the second season, Jackson finished 4th of 20.[16]

Jackson - Race Results 2012
Event No. Circuit Race Grid Position Result No. of Drivers Points Scored
1 Oulton Park 1 - - 7 -
Oulton Park 2 8 3 7 21
2 Snetterton 1 3 1 8 25
Snetterton 2 1 3 7 21
Snetterton 3 2 2 7 23
3 Cadwell Park 1 8 5 7 8
Cadwell Park 2 5 5 7 18
4 Brands Hatch 1 6 5 10 18
Brands Hatch 2 5 3 11 21
Brands Hatch 3 6 9 10 14
5 Silverstone 1 4 4 10 19
Silverstone 2 - - 9 -
6 Rockingham 1 - - 5 -
Rockingham 2 - - 5 -
7 Croft Circuit 1 6 4 8 19
Croft Circuit 2 4 4 9 19
8 Donnington Park 1 - - 8 -
Donnington Park 2 10 7 10 16
Donnington Park 3 4 4 9 19

Race event 2 at Snetterton is where Jackson achieved her first race track win.[17]

2013[edit]

For the 2013 season, Jackson progressed to the Porsche Production Boxster class, driving a red Porsche Boxster S.[18] She won the class by a large margin with 201 points, where there were 4 in class, coming 19th overall.[19]

Jackson - Race Results 2013
Event No. Circuit Race Grid Position Result No. of Drivers Points Scored
1 Rockingham 1 - - 2 -
Rockingham 2 - - 2 -
Rockingham 3 - - 2 -
2 Silverstone 1 2 1 2 13.5
Silverstone 2 1 2 2 11.5
3 Zandvoort 1 2 1 3 12.5
Zandvoort 2 1 1 3 12.5
Zandvoort 3 1 2 3 12.5
4 Snetterton 1 2 1 2 13.5
Snetterton 2 1 1 2 13.5
5 Brands Hatch 1 - - 2 -
Brands Hatch 2 3 1 3 12.5
Brands Hatch 3 3 1 3 13.5
6 Oulton Park 1 2 2 2 11.5
Oulton Park 2 2 2 2 11.5
7 Cadwell Park 1 1 1 2 13.5
Cadwell Park 2 1 1 2 13.5
8 Donnington Park 1 2 1 2 12.5
Donnington Park 2 1 2 2 11.5
Donnington Park 3 1 2 2 11.5

GT Cup 2015[edit]

Rebecca joined ex-BRSCC Porsche racer Mike Sellar to co-drive his 997 Cup in the GTB class of the 2015 season of GT Cup. The car is run by Quinntech Racing and continues to be title sponsored by Turtle Wax UK.

Personal life[edit]

Outside of motorsport, Jackson also teaches and performs salsa dancing. She sits on the Steering Group of Global Dance Network and has judged competitions.[20] The regular salsa dancing along with gym workouts and hot yoga are used by Jackson to maintain fitness for races.[17]

Jackson also goes karting and purchased a Mazda RX-8 to use for track days.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Rebecca’s At Home Behind the Wheel", The News, Portsmouth, 19 November 2012. Retrieved on: 5 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Jordan, K. (2013), "Racer Set for Le Mans 24 Hour Endurance Challenge", Get Reading, Reading, 25 June. Retrieved on 5 August 2013.
  3. ^ Barry, Maggie (6 September 2013). "By Maggie Barry ITV4 presenter and racing driver Rebecca Jackson reveals her need for speed". Daily Record. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Humphrey, J. (2013), "Rebecca Aims to Take on Le Mans", The Sun, London, 24 March, p. 44.
  5. ^ a b Michelin Moving Forward Together (2012) Inspirational Females: Rebecca Jackson. Exeter: Author.
  6. ^ a b c d Jones, A. (ed.) (2013) The Nth Degree Club Book, vol. 01, no. 1, Spring 2013, p. 64.
  7. ^ "Rebecca’s on Fast Track to Success", Get Reading, Reading, 29 March 2013, p. 10.
  8. ^ RJ Prestige Cars, 2013. Retrieved on 5 August 2013.
  9. ^ Dennis Publishing, "Car Videos", Carbuyer. Retrieved on 5 August 2013.
  10. ^ "I Want That Car – Coming Soon to ITV4", Carbuyer, 14 June 2013. Retrieved on 5 August 2013.
  11. ^ Anderson, K. (2013), "Daisybeck Rebrands, lands "I Want That Car" Order", Brunico Communications. Retrieved on: 5 August 2013.
  12. ^ "Be On TV", ITV, 2013. Retrieved on 5 August 2013.
  13. ^ "Fifth Gear Brand New Series", History UK, 2015. retrieved on 13 May 2015.
  14. ^ "Rebecca Jackson", Girlracer Group, 2013. Retrieved on 5 August 2013.
  15. ^ "Record Road Trip". Retrieved 11 June 2015. 
  16. ^ a b c "Results", Porsche Racing Drivers Association, 2013. Retrieved on 5 August 2013.
  17. ^ a b c d Jones, J. (2013) "Jackson Aims to be Boxster Thrilled as She Begins Road to Le Mans", The News, Portsmouth, 30 January, p. 37.
  18. ^ a b "Round the Bend with Rebecca Jackson", Motorsport News, January 23, 2013, Teddington, p.9.
  19. ^ "2013 Final Championship Standings". Porsche Racing Drivers Association. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  20. ^ "About Us", Global Dance Network, 2013. Retrieved on 5 August 2013.