One of the most exciting driver announcements heading into the 2016 season is Abbie Eaton’s move to compete in the GT4 class of British GT where she will drive the all-new Maserati GranTurismo MC GT4. Eaton is teaming up with experience GT racer Marcus Hoggarth in thrilling partnership which they’ll hope will take them all the way to the title. The pair will team up with Ebor GT Motorsport who are a new team to British GT but will hope their previous racing experience will enable them to challenge towards the front from the outset. Abbie’s first taste of the Maserati GranTurismo MC will come at British GT Media Day which takes place on 15th March at Snetterton in Norfolk.
Abbie is one of the most exciting young drivers in British Motorsport after her championship winning year in the Mazda MX5 Supercup in 2014 and has since been recognised as a BRDC Rising Star. During the season she took five victories and six fastest laps before being crowned champion in a thrilling finale at Donington Park. This was Eaton’s second championship of her career following her Production Touring Car Trophy Class B series triumph back in 2009. Last season Abbie competed in the GT Cup Championship where she got her first taste of endurance racing competing alongside Michael Symons in a 550bhp BMW M3. Although it was a challenging year at times, Eaton took away many positives including a superb class victory at Silverstone and a brilliant result at Snetterton in some of the most difficult racing conditions all year. These experiences gained from a full season of racing a much more powerful car will serve her well as she tackles the highly competitive British GT series in 2016.
The combination of Hoggarth and Eaton is one with great potential after both drivers endured success in last year’s GT Cup Championship. Hoggarth competed with Ebor GT Motorsport driving a Ferrari 458 GTC class car, so although he is used to more powerful machinery, Marcus will be relishing the chance to get behind the wheel of the Maserati. This will only be the second time that the historic Italian manufacturer has competed in British GT, following select outings of the Ghibli GT2 back in 1998. With the GT4 class set to be the most closely contested ever, Abbie will be hoping that the new car will give them an edge over the competition after successful outings abroad. Eaton will get behind the wheel of the Maserati GranTurismo MC for the first time during British GT Media Day where she will hope to get to grips with the car ahead of the opening round of British GT which takes place at Brands Hatch on the weekend of 16th/17th April.
You can keep up to date with Abbie’s progress using the social media links below:
Website – www.abbieeaton.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/AbbieEatonRacing
Twitter – www.twitter.com/AbbieEaton44