Penicuik teenage driver steps up a gear

Emily Glanvill from Penicuik
Emily Glanvill from Penicuik

A 16-year-old budding racing driver from Penicuik, has won a prestigious scholarship to take her career to the next level. Emily Glanvill beat 16 other contestants to win the Junior Saloon Car Championship’s (JSCC )Teenage Cancer Trust Scholarship.

The scholarship competition event was held at the iconic Silverstone racecourse on February 17 and 18. Contestants took part in a series of activities, such as a media test, fitness challenge and the all-important driving assessment.

Drivers aged 14-17 were competing for the opportunity to win a fully-supported drive in the 2016 Junior Saloon Car Championship.

Three finalists were selected for the final interview round with a panel of four judges, before the Junior Saloon Car Championship announced Emily as their winner.

Emily, who has a background in Autograss racing (on natural surfaces such as grass or mud), is keen to get started on her preparations for her first race at Oulton Park on March 19.

She said: “I am over the moon, it was a fantastic day and I can’t wait to get out there and race.”

The event saw stars of the racing world give advice to the young drivers. Tom Oliphant, British GT driver and 2015 Michelin Ginetta Supercup Champion, gave them a few tips on how to prepare for a career as a professional race driver. Andrew Bisping of GoMotorsport chatted to the young scholars about the Motor Sports Association’s ‘Race n Respect’ campaign.

Dave Beecroft of the Junior Saloon Car Championship said: “It is our intention that every scholar who attended the event went home having learnt something from their experience with us today. Whether that be how to prepare a sponsorship pitch, improve their social media profile or tips on carrying more speed through corners.”

The JSCC will be raising funds and awareness for the Teenage Cancer Trust throughout the season and Emily and her new car will be ambassadors for the charity at motorsport events throughout the UK.

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