British touring driver Jade Edwards will be the first woman to race in the British Touring Car Championship for more than a decade at Silverstone later this month.
The 29-year-old from Ascot, who is a driver with Power Maxed Racing, will get behind the wheel of the Vauxhall Astra at Thruxton, making her the first female to feature at the event since Fiona Leggate in 2007.
Having raced in the UK’s highly competitive Clio Cup since 2017, finishing seventh overall last year, Edwards will hope to follow in the footsteps of her father, Jim Edwards, himself a BTCC winner, on September 26.
Adam Weaver, the PMR team principal, described the decision to grant Edwards her BTCC debut as a “no brainer”.
He added: “Having known Jade for quite a few years now, I’ve always been impressed with the way she throws herself into everything she does with such gusto.
“Whilst she’s had a lot of bad luck on the track, she’s a great driver, and has a well-earned reputation as a fan favourite. She’s spoken publicly about her longing to get onto the BTCC grid in a competitive car. I’m looking forward to seeing what she can do.”
Reacting to the news on social media, Edwards said it was an “absolute dream come true” to make her long-awaited debut at the iconic racing circuit. “From watching BTCC as a kid, to racing in it – I can’t thank everyone who made this happen enough,” she said.
She added: “Racing in the BTCC is a childhood dream of mine, and is something that I’ve made no secret of working towards. I’ve been in the paddock since I was 10 years old, either supporting my dad or competing myself – to now be racing in the main event is something I’ll never forget!
“PMR has a brilliant track record, and Adam has always shown support in my career, even sponsoring my Clio campaign in 2018, so it’s amazing to have the opportunity to work with them. The Astra has already proven its speed this season, so I’m itching to get out in it and see what I can do.”