Rainbow Laces: Jamie Redknapp takes on racing driver Charlie Martin in 'I'm Game'
Watch all episodes of 'I'm Game' on Sky Sports digital - also available On Demand
By Jon Holmes and Mark McAdam
Last Updated: 07/12/19 11:44pm
As a team captain on Sky's A League Of Their Own, Jamie Redknapp is no stranger to a sports challenge.
However, there was an additional learning curve element in store when the Sky Sports football pundit and former Liverpool and England midfielder was taken to Silverstone for episode five of 'I'm Game', the new series in support of Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign.
Host Mark McAdam introduces Jamie to Charlie Martin, the racing driver blazing a unique trail in endurance motorsport, and sets up a duel on the drift circuit at the famous racetrack.
Make sure you tune into @SkySports today, I’m teaching Jamie Redknapp to drift for #ImGame 🏎💨➰➰🤘🏼— Charlie Martin (@GoCharlieM) December 6, 2019
Huge thanks to Jamie & @markmcadamtv, we had blast!
Feeling proud to share my journey & help improve trans awareness as part of @stonewalluk #RainbowLaces 🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/V6B2dL2LVu
Charlie is one of Stonewall's new Sport Champions and among her ambitions is to become the first driver who is transgender to compete at the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans race.
The day begins with Jamie getting some driving tips from Charlie and resident instructor Sam about how to handle the Caterham Supersport, and what to do if the steering wheel comes off!
Jamie also gets the opportunity to learn more about Charlie's journey in motorsport and what helped her gain the confidence to be herself and follow her sporting dream.
"These days, I never get nervous about telling people that I'm trans, or people meeting me and knowing that I'm trans," says Charlie.
"Going through the process of the last seven or eight years, it's made me so much more confident. I just feel a lot stronger than I ever did when I wasn't living as the real me."
In a conversation with Jamie and Mark, Charlie also discusses the darkest moment in her life - the fear that gripped her when she was struggling the most with her gender identity, and which led to her contemplating suicide.
She also describes returning to the paddock and the sport she loves, having given it up while transitioning. "I went back purely to test the water. It was terrifying. But four or five of my friends made a big deal about welcoming me back.
"That gesture of love and support from them at that moment meant the world to me."
After a good chat and a cuppa, it's time for Charlie and Jamie to go head to head on the track in a best-of-three series around the cones. Could there be an upset in store?
There's also the added bonus of something special from Jamie that Silverstone pro Sam says he's never seen in 20 years of instructing!
Watch the full episode of 'I'm Game' with Jamie Redknapp and Charlie Martin at Silverstone in the video above. You can also see it On Demand now, along with the other four episodes in the series.
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