The best prize in junior motorsport is awarded each October to the winner of the Ginetta Junior Scholarship.
The scholarship is open to 14-16 year olds, karters make up the majority of entrants. Our Vision team mate Harry King came 3rd last year and secured a part funded drive for 2016 Championship, where has has had 2 race wins and shown great progress.
For us, any drive would have to be entirely funded and although the likliehood is virtually nil, still....this scholarship exists, miracles happen, youve got to be in it to win it and all those other cliches.
So, for 2 years we have had a transition plan, we have worked on various areas of skills that club karting doesnt necessarily give you. Riley has worked really hard, his school has helped enormously.
Actual driving is prohibitively expensive so we havent actually driven around a track in any sort of a race car, let alone a Ginetta. But thats the same story for much of our karting, we cant practice as much as others, not new tracks or when we move up classes.
Riley is really interested in the actual engineering side of the sport so has a good understanding of what difference set up changes might make, so this helps where testing is limited.
Without ontrack driving we have had to rely on studying Video footage of the track, sim work at home and a trip to IZone and Louise Goodman for Media training.
So, finally today we posted the application form. We may not suceeed, but Im proud we've done everything we planned to do, this isnt an accident, a sudden whim, Riley is ready.
We hope to get through to day 2 with some good feedback so we can modify our plan for 2017s entry where we can really give it a shot.