Driver spotlight: Jade Edwards
In the fast-paced sphere of motorsport, the legacy of the Edwards family has a deep association with the top-flight.
Third-generation driver Jade Edwards, has made her mark in the racing world by following in the tyre tracks of her father – BTCC race winner Jim Edwards Jr – and her grandfather, the esteemed Clio Cup racer, Jim Edwards Sr. Jade’s journey to the BTCC began back in 2006, when she got her first taste of the BTCC paddock when competing in the Ginetta Junior package.
2014 would become the turning point in Jade’s career after clinching a significant victory in an Aston Martin GT4 Challenge race. Her exceptional performance led to her being named as part of the Aston Martin Young Driver programme in 2015. During this period and highlighting her breadth of skill, Jade participated in several British GT rounds and secured a noteworthy win at the Hungary 12-hour race.
2017 saw Jade Edwards rise to prominence returning to a TOCA support series as she joined the ranks of the Renault UK Clio Cup. Following in the footsteps of her grandfather, a series she remained committed to until its conclusion in 2019, finishing 7th overall in the championship.
The year 2020 marked a historic moment as Jade Edwards announced her debut in the UK’s premier motorsport series – the BTCC. She hit the track in Power Maxed Car Care Racing’s Vauxhall Astra at Silverstone, making her the first female driver to participate in a BTCC round since 2007.
In 2021, Jade declared her intentions for a full-fledged campaign in the BTCC. She joined PHSC with BTC Racing, taking the wheel of one of the squad’s Honda Civic Type Rs. The season was filled with challenges, but Jade’s determination shone through, earning her a well-deserved championship point.
Bolstered by the experience gained during her maiden BTCC campaign, Jade Edwards remained with BTC Racing for the 2022 season, sharing the paddock with fellow team members, Josh Cook and the legendary Jason Plato. She achieved her second-ever overall points finish at Brands Hatch, a testament to her growing prowess.
The highlight of her BTCC career came at Oulton Park that year, when she celebrated her first Jack Sears Trophy victory, a remarkable achievement.
In 2023, at the age of 33, Jade Edwards embarked on a new chapter in her racing journey, starting the season with Team HARD. Racing. She contested the first 15 rounds with the team before making a move during the mid-season break to rejoin One Motorsport with Starline Racing, rounding out her 2023 season. Jade’s tenacity and skill continues to leave an indelible mark on the world of motorsport, making her a prominent name to watch in the BTCC.