Power Maxed Racing have announced that Jess Hawkins will contest Rounds 22, 23 and 24 of the 2020 British Touring Car Championship at Snetterton on 24/25 October.
Hawkins tested the PMR Astra at the same circuit during the tyre test in September and will now make her first foray into the BTCC later this month.
The 25-year-old joins Jade Edwards as the second female driver to make her debut in the championship this season with the same team and comes after the Adam Weaver ran squad weren’t involved at Croft due to a late withdrawal due to illness for debutant Jac Constable.
She began her career with a successful start in Karting before racing in the Michelin Clio Cup and since then has gone on to race in a number of series including British F4, the Volkswagen Cup and Mini Challenge.
Also she was involved in the inaugural season of the W Series and was set to be involved in the second if it wasn’t cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Experience away from her racing career includes being a stunt driver including on the latest Bond movie No Time To Die and she also holds the Guinness World Record for driving the fastest accelerating lawnmower in the world having reached 0-100mph in 6.29s last year.
“The BTCC is where I’ve always wanted to be – it’s my dream,” she said. “I’ve managed to knock on the door a few times, but I genuinely can’t believe it’s actually happening, especially with such a great team behind me in PMR.
“I have to give a massive thanks to FastR, Motorsport Legal, Clapham North MOT, Elliot Brown Watches and the Motorsport Collective for supporting me and giving me the support needed for this incredible opportunity. I hope it’s the first of many appearances on the grid.”
Team Principal Adam Weaver is excited to have Hawkins make her debut in the series and believes she can hit the ground running at the Norfolk based circuit.
“I’m really excited about seeing what Jess can do in the Astra,” he said. “She impressed us at her initial test session a few weeks ago, and judging by her results in front wheel drive machinery, should be a strong contender once she hits the Norfolk tarmac in a couple of weeks.
“Not only does she show phenomenal car control, as evidenced by her on-screen stunt credentials, but she’s a great person to work with, and shows tremendous commercial acumen.”