Abbie Eaton makes successful return to Mazda MX-5 Supercup with Clapham North

Abbie Eaton makes successful return to Mazda MX-5 Supercup with Clapham North

26.08.2020: Abbie Eaton made a successful return to the Mazda MX-5 SuperCup with Clapham North at Donington Park last weekend, securing two fourth-place finishes for the Rob Boston Ra


Abbie Eaton made a successful return to the Mazda MX-5 SuperCup with Clapham North at Donington Park last weekend, securing two fourth-place finishes for the Rob Boston Racing-run entry.
 



Standing in for the absent George Grant at round two of the 2020 MX-5 SuperCup campaign, the 2014 champion qualified seventh and fifth for races one and two respectively and finished both in fourth after featuring in the podium battle on each occasion, despite having just two short testing sessions to prepare.
 


The former British GT Championship, Australia’s Super2 Series and Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy racer then recovered from early contact in race three to finish eighth.
 


Eaton was quickly able to adapt back to the series and was immediately on the pace of the frontrunners, despite not having run in an MX-5 since she won the title in 2014 which was before the series’ switch to Avon tyres.
 


Following a good getaway, Eaton battled for the lead as the top cars traded places for much of the race, crossing the line fourth and setting three consecutive fastest laps. Having to further adapt when rain arrived for race two, she secured another fourth-place finish.


 
Contact while battling for the lead in race three saw her fall down the field, but Eaton performed an impressive recovery drive to come home in eighth.




The W Series driver was competing in place of MX-5 regular Grant, and the Clapham North/Rob Boston Racing competitor was thrilled with her performance. “This is a woman who has literally just stepped into the car with just a couple of half-hour testing sessions, so to be at the sharp end from the get-go is phenomenal,” he said.
 


“The drivers Abbie was racing against are very good, so for her to achieve what she did is hugely impressive and from a Clapham North perspective, it was fantastic. She is very unlucky not to come away with some silverware, especially in race three when an incident affected her while running near the front.”
 


“She hasn’t been in a Mazda since winning the championship six years ago, and although she’s driven all sorts of machinery since, to jump into our car with so little testing is an extraordinary feat. It would be great to have her back in the car soon.”
 


Eaton was satisfied with her performance on her SuperCup return. “My aim in qualifying was to get into the top 10, so to be starting race one in seventh was really pleasing,” she said.
 


“I ended up in fourth in race one, but I did three consecutive fastest laps so that was really nice to get under my belt. Just ahead of race two the heavens opened, and I was saying to the team that I couldn’t remember the last time I raced in properly wet conditions. I somehow managed to get up into second and Luke Herbert and I were pulling away, which was quite special to be racing against an old rival. I just got pipped for the podium because my set-up was not quite suited to the greasy conditions that developed as the rain on track dispersed, which was really disappointing as I really wanted to get a trophy for George.
 


“In race three I had contact which left me at the back of the pack, but I had such fun driving back up through the field. The car felt nicer to drive, the tyre allows you to be a bit more aggressive and that is really exciting to watch. I just have to say a massive thank you to Clapham North and George and to Rob Boston Racing for running a really slick operation.”
 


Former British Touring Car Championship winner and ITV commentator/pundit Paul O’Neill added: “It was great to see Abbie back at the wheel in the crazily competitive Mazda MX-5 SuperCup. Her presence brought some much-deserved media spotlight to a championship that she won back in 2014.”




 

 Pole Limited, photos Jonathan Elsey Motorsport Photography


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