Iconic automobile chases and stunts are synonymous with James Bond movies.
One of many stunt drivers within the newest, No Time To Die, is W Sequence driver Jess Hawkins.
Hawkins, 26, from Poole, drove a Land Rover Defender in a frantic chase scene.
“I am a part of this massive three-car bounce and we jumped 85 toes within the air,” Hawkins stated.
“After I hit the ramp all I may see was the sky and no floor, and we then repeated it seven or eight instances, every time driving more durable and sooner.
“I solely obtained scared after I was already dedicated to the bounce, however as soon as I would carried out the primary one and I realised it wasn’t the horrible crash-landing I believed it could possibly be, I wasn’t scared in any respect actually.”
And when not stunt driving, Hawkins races within the 2021 W Sequence championship, which is racing alongside F1 this yr.
Hawkins has been a part of the female-only championship since its inception in 2019 and is at the moment tenth within the standings with two races left in 2021.
“I’ve had a tricky begin to the season, which I used to be anticipating because it had been so lengthy since I have been racing because of the coronavirus pandemic, and it is a actually aggressive championship,” she stated.
Initially the season finale was resulting from be in Mexico, however the collection will now conclude with a double-header on the Circuit of the Americas on 23 and 24 October in Austin, Texas, after F1 modified the date of the 2021 Mexican Grand Prix.
Hawkins’ outcomes have improved because the season has progressed – she completed sixth at Spa and fifth at Zandvoort – and she or he is aiming to finish on a excessive.
“I am going for a podium. With the progress proven over the past two races, I believe it is achievable,” she stated.
“I want a robust finish to the season. There’s completely no substitute for seat time and because the season goes on I am getting extra seat time. While I am rising in expertise, I am additionally rising in confidence and I am going to carry the arrogance into the ultimate two rounds. “
The races in the US would be the collection’ first outdoors Europe and Hawkins is worked up concerning the prospect of a wider viewers.
“We’re on the pinnacle of motorsport on the F1 stage and it opens up a complete new world who might not know we existed.
“W Sequence has been the driving pressure behind encouraging females to get into motorsport and it has made it clear it is not a male-only place and females are welcome too,” she added.
Hawkins additionally has a brand new position as a driver ambassador for the Aston Martin F1 staff, the place she will likely be beginning simulator racing with them after the W Sequence season ends.
As a lot as Hawkins loved working as a stunt driver, her ardour is racing and she or he is already enthusiastic about subsequent season.
“I hope to be again in W Sequence and I would actually love to do the British Touring Automobile Championship – that is the place my coronary heart lies so I’ll attempt to make it occur.”