The W Collection champ and Indy NXT racer talks us via her automotive historical past

I grew up on a little bit of a farm, so after I was lots youthful we had a Land Rover Defender, which is what I first learnt to drive in. I’d do the gears sat on my dad’s lap and switch the steering wheel.

Then I had the cliché story actually the place I fell into motorsport accidentally. My dad and mom didn’t race themselves or something like that. It was my older brother that dragged the household go-karting for the primary time at our native observe (Fortress Combe) and I fairly shortly adopted him into it.

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Initially I wasn’t as fast as him. I believe I simply loved the excitement and the entire environment of go-karting, nevertheless it didn’t take me lengthy to choose up that aggressive sibling rivalry.

I graduated into racing automobiles fairly a very long time earlier than I had a highway licence. I began with Ginetta Juniors and gained the Ginetta Junior scholarship after I was 14.

Then, after I was 16, I progressed into British GT with Aston Martin. I used to be racing a V8 Vantage earlier than I might legally drive on the highway. It was a little bit of a tradition shock after I took my highway licence take a look at at 17.

I took my take a look at in what was my first automotive – a Volkswagen Polo. I handed first time, however I used to be shocked truly. I acquired a bit carried away since you usually have to attend 4 or 5 months to get a slot, however there was a cancellation for 2 weeks’ time so I believed ‘excellent, I’ll simply e book that and have a load of classes between every now and then’.

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Then after all it turned out that my teacher had gone on vacation and would solely get again the day earlier than my take a look at. So, I principally needed to run via every little thing the day earlier than the take a look at – I nonetheless haven’t correctly learnt to park – after which I blagged my approach via most of it.

I used to be ready for the abuse I used to be going to get after I failed – I’d have to inform all of my family and friends that I’d failed first time.

After the Polo my second automotive was a Golf GTD. It was truly a extremely nice automotive to be truthful to it. By way of what I used it for it was excellent – it churns out miles and may be very comfy.

It saved me going cheap speeds on the highway too, nothing outrageous. If you’re used to driving race automobiles on a observe after which swap to driving on the highway, particularly in one thing like a Golf GTD for a few hundred miles, it’s by no means essentially the most fascinating journey. 

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I don’t actually have a highway automotive in the meanwhile. I’ve a Renault Twizy that I drive in London, however I’m travelling a lot that I get mortgage automobiles now and again. So it’s a little bit of a neater life. After which no matter rental automotive I appear to get given, nevertheless it’s all the time 10 occasions the dimensions of what I want in America.

The good factor about my job is I’m lucky sufficient to be loaned automobiles very often – significantly by Aston up to now. A number of years in the past, after I’d simply handed my take a look at, I managed to one way or the other blag my approach right into a Vanquish for a bit. Though I believe if I ran an Aston every day I’d reside in a gasoline station.

By way of the longer term there’s lots to be enthusiastic about in the meanwhile. Plenty of the automobiles which might be being electrified are fairly cool. As a lot because it takes away a little bit of the joy of driving, I believe it’s fairly cool to see how the expertise is growing so quickly and how briskly the tech is altering. Saying that although, my dream storage would undoubtedly have a golden oldie in there…

Jamie’s dream three automotive storage

Porsche 911 Singer DLS
Having spent lots of time at Williams, the Singer is one thing that I’d have in a heartbeat – if cash had been no object. The value tag is fairly scary. I believe after I’ve acquired £1.8m to throw away that’ll be the primary automotive I get.

Land Rover Defender
I might want one thing a bit extra sensible, so I might go for a Defender. One thing you possibly can match bikes in. 

Aston Martin Valkyrie
As soon as it’s launched that may undoubtedly be in there. I’m nonetheless engaged on attempting to persuade Aston to let me get behind the wheel – I wouldn’t even need to think about the insurance coverage value on that.



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