Will Tregurtha is eagerly looking forward to the second half of the season after a spectacular start to his car-racing career.
Racing in the prestigious Ginetta Junior Championship the 15-year-old former karting star has made a huge impact in his first five meetings behind the wheel of his 110mph race car.
With four rookie podiums, four finishes inside the top seven, five inside the top 10 and some spectacular wheel-to-wheel racing in front of huge crowds and a massive live TV audience, Tregurtha has much to be proud of.
But now the UK-based youngster is targeting even bigger things for the second five meetings of the campaign.
He said: “It’s been a big learning experience for me and I’m loving it. The crowds are huge at every race - between 25-35,000, and the live TV coverage on ITV makes it even more exciting.
“At the last meeting at Croft in Yorkshire Lewis Hamilton’s brother Nic was competing in the British Touring Car race which was great to see and added even more interest.
“As for us, I’m with a great team, RCE, who are new to the series like me - so we are pushing together to try and maximise my performance at each race and improve as we go. I’m working hard on my fitness and on the simulator as all the tracks are new to me.
“Now I am looking for podiums and victories in the rounds to come. I would like to reward Enlighten and Tony Tregurtha for their incredible support with more success.
“I am the second youngest on the grid of 25-plus cars, and my rivals are some of the best in Europe, so it’s a challenge. Unfortunately I had a crash at Croft after colliding with another car but still came away with one top 10. I wasn’t happy with that but it was a decent fightback after having to start from the back of the grid. I made a lot of places up!
“I’ve been clear that I want a professional career as a racing driver and racing in such a high-profile championship at my age is a good step towards that.”
William’s next race is at Snetterton in August, followed by visits to Knockhill in Scotland, Rockingham, Silverstone and finally the Grand Prix circuit at Brands Hatch in early October.