RISING star racing driver, Emily Linscott, a pupil at Stanford-le-Hope St Clereâ€™s School, will fly off to California USA this week to race at the famous Laguna Seca race track near San Francisco, as part of her scholarship award by the Lucas Oil School of Racing and one of Americaâ€™s leading IndyCar drivers, Pippa Mann.
The scholarship drive came about after British-born Pippa awarded Emily the scholarship drive as part of her initiative to help get more females in to open-wheel race cars. Pippa noticed and watched Emilyâ€™s progression as was so impressed that she offered her this fantastic opportunity.
Emily says: â€œIâ€™ll be racing at the world-famous Laguna Seca, possibly one of the most technical circuits in the world, and Iâ€™ll be mentored by Pippa herself, which Iâ€™m so excited about, this sort of thing doesnâ€™t happen every day.
“The circuit itself is quite unique. It has a corner called The Corkscrew, which is meant to be quite daunting. The elevation drops, in this one corner alone, between the entry point of the left hander and the exit point of the right, a massive 59 feet, the equivalent or six storeys, and an incredible 109 feet or 10 storeys to the next turn.â€
With Emily still to secure enough funding to race the British Formula 4 Championship this season, her attention may change to the US F4 series.
She explained why, saying: “Females in motorsport are quite rare, actually we make up just 1.5% of the licence holders of the sport, so the opportunities become less due to a smaller talent pool.
“In the US, there seems to be a lot of women able to progress their careers through more businesses wanting to support them through sponsorship and ambassadorial opportunities than here in the UK. Iâ€™m desperate to continue my rise through the motor racing ranks and I can only do it through partnerships, sponsorship and investment, so Iâ€™m starting to look further afield to help my career. It would be a shame to leave the UK seriesâ€™ as Iâ€™ve built up a wonderful, loyal fan base; Iâ€™d really miss seeing them at the tracks, but I have to do whatâ€™s right for me at this point.â€
The teen made her International F4 debut, at 15 years of age, at the Sepang F1 circuit in Malaysia last November after just one full season in Junior car racing, which she knew was a big step indeed since sheâ€™d only ever driven one once, but she acquitted herself exceptionally well, finishing a very creditable seventh place in her two finishes. Itâ€™s this leap of faith and ability to adapt thatâ€™s inspired her to move up in to the open -wheel formula racing and pursue a career on the ladder to Formula one (or IndyCar).
She has already been linked with a move in to British GT and some World Endurance races this year, which sheâ€™ll use as additional experience for her career path but thereâ€™s nothing signed and sealed as yet, so itâ€™s all to play for in what is set to be a very challenging season as she juggles her race career with that of her school GCSEâ€™s.
Keep an eye on her website for up to date information on her career, her sponsors and partners. Perhaps you might want to join her â€œTeamâ€, in which case contact her manager at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.