Teenager, Emily Linscott, competed in two motor racing scholarships on two continents in the half-term week.
The Basildon based racing driver, who attends St Clere’s School in Stamford-Le-Hope, Thurrock, took on a whirlwind trip of a lifetime during her half term week, to not only race at the famous Laguna Seca race track in California, but also take part in the Volant Winfield scholarship in the south France, on the Circuit Paul Ricard, an F1 Grand Prix circuit.
Emily said: “I’d been awarded the scholarship drive in the US by Pippa Mann and the Lucas Oil School of Racing last year, so we had everything booked and planned to go to California for a week to do that.
“But the week before we were due to fly out, my mum found a tweet from the FIA Women in Motorsport about the chance of doing the Volant Winfield in France, which is a training programme for young drivers too but with a full scholarship drive in the French F4 Championship for the winner.
“We applied for it and they offered me a place, but we had to find the money to do it. A new sponsor, Hedgehog Security, offered to help so we changed all of our plans to accommodate the trip to France too.”
The Lucas Oil School of Racing at Laguna Seca was amazing. Pippa and the whole team were fantastic and gave me everything I needed to have to learn the challenging track in their cars, an experience I’ll never forget, but one that I very much hope to do again soon.
“We then had to get the plane on Wednesday, land at Heathrow on Thursday evening, drive straight to Gatwick, fly to the south of France early Friday morning and travel to the hotel near the track in the afternoon.
“The next three days were all about performance and learning, but I was exhausted from jet-lag. Then I flew back to the UK and got home just after midnight, thankfully in time for my first lot of mock exams at 8.45 the same morning.”
Having finished her mock exams, she then set about creating an online competition through her Facebook page using once of her caps from her range of merchandise.
She said: “I had a limited-edition cap made to help raise some money and to commemorate my racing at the Laguna Seca track.
“They’ve all sold out now, and I wanted to give something to the Make-A-Wish Foundation charity.
“I love the work they do for terminally ill children, so I set up a fundraising competition last Saturday, March 9th on my FB page and listed entries at £2 each.
“I’d originally set the target at £250 but we reached that in the first hour, so I increased it. Amazingly, just 36 hours later, it had exceeded the thousand-pound mark; I couldn’t believe it.”
“It’s still running now, entries close at midnight on Saturday March 16th and the draw is on the TinTop News and Views Facebook page on Sunday March 17th at 7pm using something called the #winningwheels.
If you would like to enter Emily’s competition, just go to her Facebook page, Emily Linscott, and enter via her fundraising post.