Danbury driver wins Rookie Cup

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Rookie racing driver, Scott Huntley, 17 from Danbury won the Avon Tyres BRSCC Formula Ford 1600 National Championship Rookie Cup on Sunday at Brands Hatch. This is his second Rookie Cup win after winning one at his first ever race weekend from karts at Snetterton in April.

Scott had moved to a new team after missing the last round, Kevin Mills Racing with a new car he was not used to driving and had never practiced on the track prior to the race weekend. He was replacing team member Brendon Leigh, a double Formula One eSports Series World Champion backed by the Mercedes AMG F1 team.

Scott would like to thank his sponsors, Bowers and Wilkins, Frank Harvey HiFi, Sutton Circuit, The Living Memorial and Lazybones Bootsales Rettendon, Essex, familiy and friends. Scott is still looking for local companies that we could promote by having their names on his racing car.

Also thanks the team at Loughborough College and Motorsport UK Academy AASE programme that are supporting him with knowledge and fitness programme. Scott has his own qualified level 3, Personal Trainer, his sister, Sophie Huntley.

Scott was praised in November last year by F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo when he won a National kart race by a record breaking margin in the wet. He said ‘Great drive from Scott Huntley, one to watch!’  Scott had spent the last 5 years in national championship karting with multiple P1 qualifying, race wins and fastest laps.

Scott has just changed teams and he said that Brands Hatch was a technical track new to him and practice and quailfying and the first race in the wet was very tricky. Conditions were dry for Sunday and was pleased to get within 1.1 secs per lap, lap time of his team mate Neil McLennan who won one of the races and came 2nd in two. Neil has been racing for 5 years and been to Brands dozens of times. Scott said the team were fantastic & very friendly and welcoming.

Scott ran a special tribute on his car to mark the 10 years that Henry Surtees, the son of late John Surtees, was killed at Brands Hatch in an F2 race in July 2009.

Scott Huntley,17, from Danbury, a former pupil at The Sandon School, was awarded a prestigious Henry Surtees ‘H’ trophy from 1964 F1 World Champion, John Surtees CBE in 2016 when he was 15. Scott took part in the Henry Surtees Challenge, Buckmore Part Kart Circuit, Kent,  The county’s top young karters, single seat GP3, F3 & F4 and Ginetta drivers took part in the charity event using Club 100 senior karts.

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