Eaton extends Australian stay as Supercars talks continue
Abbie Eaton has opted to stay in Australia longer than first expected, as talks continue regarding a drive in the second-tier Super2 Supercars series for 2019.
The Briton completed her second test in a Supercar yesterday, an outing with Matt Stone Racing at Queensland Raceway backing up her evaluation day with Walkinshaw Andretti United at Winton last week.
Having been clear on her intention to run Super2 next season and look to springboard into the Supercars main game by 2021, the 26-year-old has elected to extend her stay in Australia amid an ongoing search for a budget.
Instead of returning to England today as planned, she'll stay down under for more meetings this week, with the trek home now not expected until after Christmas.
"We're doing all we can get the interest up ad the hype up," she told Motorsport.com.
"We had loads of media [at the second test]. We're just doing all I can to put myself out there.
"In terms of what I can do, these couple of tests I've tried to go out and give it my all and be as fast as I can be – and thankfully I've not been too shabby at the two different circuits.
"Now it's just more meetings with people, I've got a few meetings lined up and a few relationships to progress on. Fingers crossed we'll find something and get it done."
When asked if she feels close to turning her Supercars dream into a reality for 2019, Eaton said: "I think so. I'll know more by the end of the week.
"We're a lot closer than we were before we got here, that's for sure. It's all looking very positive, let's put it that way."
Eaton is staying tight-lipped on her preferred team though, with both WAU and MSR in the frame to run The Grand Tour test driver.
"I can't tell you that," said Eaton when pressed on her preferred outcome.
"It was good to do the couple of tests, as each team is different and has different set-ups. Both teams have been extremely welcoming and made me feel at easy very quickly. They've both got that box ticked.
"It's just what's going to be better in the long-run, with the infrastructure and everything. And getting the budget together in the first place."
WAU pulled no punches with its plans for Eaton following the evaluation day, with co-team principal Bruce Stewart quick to make public the team's desire to put together a deal.
“With the development of Walkinshaw Andretti United, we see the opportunity to nurture young talent for not only here, but also our links abroad,” Stewart said.
“We would love for Abbie take the step into Super2 with us next year. Now, it’s about finding the right partner to make that happen.
“We are hopeful that we can assist Abbie in finding the support she requires to make her dream come true."
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