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Grand Tour star driver and pro racer joins Team BRIT’s coaching crew

Two time British champion and star of Amazon’s ‘The Grand Tour’, Abbie Eaton, has become the newest coach for Team BRIT.

28-year-old Abbie, who lives in Northampton, having grown up in Hull, is now coaching Team BRIT rookie, Nerys Pearce, the team’s first female driver.

Team BRIT aims to be the first all-disabled team to compete in the Le Mans 24 hour. It also supports people with physical and psychological challenges in accessing motorsport through its Racing Academy.

Abbie joined the team in July and began working with Nerys, who is a complete racing novice.  A former army medic, Nerys is paralysed from the chest down after being hit by a car when riding her motorbike.

Abbie has been surrounded by motorsport throughout her life.  Her father raced and she grew up around race tracks, attended her first event at just two months old.  When she was 10, she discovered karting, competing at a national level until she was fifteen and moved into car racing.

She began her junior career in the Junior Saloon Car Trophy, finishing in the top 3. 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 2nd in the Pro-Am Championship, and has competed in the Blancpain Endurance GT3 where she won her class.

In 2018, she was approached by producers of Amazon’s The Grand Tour, hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, to test out as their new driver.  She smashed the assessment times set for her and became the show’s regular test driver.

Now, Abbie is committed to supporting and developing Nerys in her journey to becoming the world’s fastest disabled female driver.  She has spent time with her at the Team BRIT base in Dunsfold, coaching her using the team’s top of the range Vesaro simulator, and at three track days.

Nerys uses the team’s world leading hand control technology to allow her to compete on equal terms.

Abbie, who is a fully qualified A Grade ARDS instructor explains, “I was introduced to the team and to Nerys by a fellow coach and I instantly thought what a fantastic opportunity this is to work with someone so incredible.

“Nerys has had such a tough time and to still put herself out there with the amazing challenges she sets herself is just brilliant.

“I’ve been lucky to do what I do, and to have the opportunities that racing has given me. If I can give her some of my skill and experience it will be a privilege.

“She has a great mindset, with a really analytical brain which is great for motorsport and I can’t wait to see how far she can go.”

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