England’s Abbie Eaton has successfully taken the first steps on her path to becoming a Supercars driver.
The 26-year-old got behind the wheel of a Walkinshaw Andretti United Holden at Winton Motor Raceway in Victoria on Tuesday for a driver evaluation day.
It’s the first time Eaton has driven a Supercar as she explores options to compete in the Dunlop Super2 support category.
The experienced GT machinery and production car racer said the experience was everything she’d hoped.
« As soon as I jumped out of my first session I had a big grin on my face, » Eaton told AAP.
« The cars are wicked, they’re so much fun and they’re quite intuitive to drive. They give you lots of feedback and you know when something’s worked and when it hasn’t. »
Eaton, part of the driving cast for Amazon TV show The Grand Tour, has outlined an ambition to one day compete in Supercars.
She said she remains committed to spending two or three years learning the ropes in the Super2 series before aiming for a drive in the main category.
« It’s only a second or two between the two championships anyway … it just enables me to get my rookie mistakes out of the way before jumping into the main game, so kind of two-three year plan really, » she said.
Eaton was testing along with Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Series champion Jaxon Evans, with the pair completing roughly 120 laps between them.
While Evans has plans to drive overseas next year, an impressed Walkinshaw Andretti United co-team principal Mathew Nilsson said his team would be keen to explore future options with Eaton.
« It’s good to be part of an exciting prospect looking to come in to our sport, » Nilsson told AAP.
« We’ll work with her on her journey and see what she can do to help facilitate that. Obviously she’s got her objectives but it’s great to be a part of Abbie coming and wanting to come and do Supercars. »
Eaton’s next test will be at Queensland Raceway next week with Matt Stone Racing.