Abbie Eaton, a household name for her role as test driver on Amazon TV show The Grand Tour, is joining Racing Pride in its mission to promote LGBTQ+ inclusivity through the platform of motorsport as a Driver Ambassador.
This announcement comes shortly after Abbie, who is lesbian and has been open about her orientation on social media, was confirmed as a competitor in the 2020 W Series championship.
“I am delighted to be joining Racing Pride,” Abbie said following the announcement.
“I just go through my motorsport career openly being myself and it’s fantastic if, by doing that, I can help to inspire others.
“Racing Pride is a positive movement about breaking down stereotypes and it creates an opportunity to show that the sport we love can be a welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ people like myself – I am very happy to be playing my part in that.”
Racing Pride is an innovative movement to positively promote LGBTQ+ inclusivity through the platform of motorsport. Racing Pride was developed alongside Stonewall UK and launched in June 2019.
Prior to Racing Pride, there has been no concerted effort to raise visibility for LGBTQ+ participants within motorsport, whether they be drivers, mechanics, engineers, or those in race support, official, or associated media roles.
Through a network of ambassadors, commercial partners, and supporters from across the motorsport and automotive industries (drawing on allies as much as the LGBTQ+ community itself), Racing Pride intends to change this.
Abbie will represent Racing Pride alongside existing Driver Ambassadors Charlie Martin, Sarah Moore and Richard Morris.