Fab news as Jack and Charlie team up for 2021
Praga Cars and VR Motorsport are pleased to confirm that racing drivers Jack Fabby and Charlie Martin will team up for the 2021 Britcar Endurance Championship in the recently announced dedicated Praga category.
Fabby met Martin on his 21st birthday recently at his Tiga Cars workshop where he manages sim-based driving training programmes for clients and prepares, maintains and sets up LMP2 cars for Tiga Cars and other owners. Martin planned her visit ahead of Fabby’s “home” Britcar race at Oulton Park, which he went on to dominate, to get under the skin of the VR Motorsport-managed Praga R1T Evo that she will be competing in next year. The two racers immediately bonded and agreed to partner for 2021.
Charlie Martin said: “I’m really pleased to be partnering Jack next season. He knows the car very well and he knows how to be successful in this championship. We are both very motivated to work hard to push for wins in 2021. I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel of the Praga R1 very soon and get to work!”
Jack Fabby said: “I am delighted to be joining Charlie in 2021, it is a very exciting driving pairing and to have a team-mate with the same ambition as me only strengthens our partnership. Charlie has already shown the world how impressive she is behind the wheel and I look forward to working alongside her.”
Mark Harrison, Praga Cars UK Managing Director, said: “We are really pleased to welcome Charlie to the team and excited about the potential of a Fabby-Martin team in next year’s dedicated Praga category in Britcar. Both are in great form currently in their respective endurance racing and will bring different skills and personalities to the wider Praga team. This is the first pairing we have announced for 2021 – a game-changing year for Praga on- and off-track – but watch out for more interesting news in the coming weeks.”
Vincent Randall, VR Motorsport Owner, said: “This is a very exciting pairing for the team. Jack has proven ability in the Praga R1 and knows this championship very well. Combining that with Charlie’s experience in international championships in both GTs and prototypes, this is a line-up that will be looking to go and win the championship”.
Praga Cars and VR Motorsport recently confirmed that a dedicated Praga category for the 2021 Britcar Endurance championship had been agreed with Britcar owner Claire Hedley, and that Praga Cars has also established a UK headquarters managed by ex-McLaren and BMW executive Harrison. A new R1 has also been confirmed that will take to the grid in 2021 with numerous upgrades. The all-carbon car, that has dominated the 2020 Britcar season to-date with four wins from five races, will feature upgrades to make it even safer, more adaptable, and with improved ownership benefits.
Martin joins ex-SAS soldier and star of 2020’s ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’ Jay Morton as the second in a group of guest drivers who will race Pragas in 2021. More names will be revealed soon, but all with one thing in common, a focus on competing hard within a team and challenging their own abilities in the high-downforce, high-performance Praga R1T Evo.
Martin is a prominent ambassador for equality in sport. Born in Leicestershire, her 15-year racing career has included hill climb in Europe, the Ginetta GT5 Championship and the Michelin Le Mans Cup. This year, she is competing in the Nürburgring Endurance Championship, where last weekend she became the first transgender competitor to ever compete in the Nürburgring 24 hours. She is an ambassador for Racing Pride, a Stonewall Sports Champion and a trustee for Mermaids, a charity helping gender-diverse kids, young people and their families.
Fabby who is a test and development driver for Tiga Race Cars has had success in all forms of circuit racing. A champion in one make series and well experienced in 24hr racing gives him an upper hand in the Britcar Endurance Series format. The Martin-Fabby pairing will be a fast and reliable pairing for sure in 2021.