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The Ginetta Scholarship 2017

Last Updated: Oct 30, 2016 05:46pm
Ashton under Hill, Wychavon
By Sara Turner
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Finalist Turner

Last week 60 of the best, aspiring 14 and 15 year olds racers from Europe entered the biggest competition in motorsport. The Ginetta Scholarship 2017, to win a season racing in the Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship, racing the G40 sports car as part of the BTCC package on ITV4.

Racers were all generally from a kart background, however Evesham’s Olly Turner 14 who is usually seen on the oval circuits did not let that faze him. Extensive off track preparations in terms of fitness and media, saw Turner shine in these assessments on day one of the selections process at Blyton Park, Lincolnshire.

Olly a Prince Henrys student entered the scholarship having never tested in a Ginetta. He therefore had to prove that his two times driving on a circuit in a Ford Fiesta ST and a Renault Clio Cup car plus the simulator training at IZone Performance plus his adaptability, would be enough to see him pass the qualification day.

The two ten minute sessions in the British built G40, saw Turner go from confident but learning to mastering all the elements including clutch, brakes and sequential gears in only 20 minutes on the circuit.

Olly was delighted to have been selected as 2017 finalist in the extremely competitive shortlist and returned for the second day.

“to win (the scholarship) would be life changing and it would give my journey the best start  and the leg up it greatly needs. The cars are awesome to drive; I am loving every minute of the competition”. 

Another positive media panel interview completed and with two more driving opportunities, Olly felt at one with the cars and showed evidence of his quick learning and ability make the very most of track time. Further improvements within the cars, with British Touring Car Driver Tom Ingram, now had Turner performing consistent and quick lap times exceeding 100mph, that were on a par with the other finalists who had driven the cars prior to the competition. Although he did not make it further, Olly knew he had done his absolute best on and off the track. He improved vastly in the short time in the cars.

The whole experience has confirmed to Olly and the team that he must move onto circuits in a junior formula next year to progress his journey and onto a professional level in the future. Turner continues the hunt for financial backing to make this a reality in 2017. www.ollyturnerracing.co.uk for more details.


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