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Ascot student Vincent gearing up to follow his father into motor racing

William Vincent with Eddie Ives, team owner of Elite Motorsport

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An Ascot school student is gearing up for a career in motor racing after achieving his racing licence and signing with Elite Motorsport to compete in the 2020 Ginetta Junior Championships.

William Vincent, 15, who attends LVS Ascot, recently won the Rookie Cup in the Daniel Ricciardo Series (DRS) Kart Racing competition and has taken part in events up and down the country in the 100cc racing karts.

The race series was founded by the F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo, who – like many others including world champion Lewis Hamilton – began his career racing karts.

William had to go through some arduous training and testing to be awarded his Association Racing Driver Schools (ARDS) licence, where he also benefited from the wisdom of Rob Wilson, an internationally recognising racing driver and master instructor.

William is following in the slip-stream of his father, Chris, who successfully competed in Fomula Vauxhall and Formula Renault competitions before making a move into business and founding V4 Wood Flooring.

Chris said: “William has been racing since he was 5 years old and driving in Bambino Karting. He has done exceptionally well to win the Rookie Cup and progress to driving with the renowned Elite Motorsport team in the Michelin Ginette Junior Championships.

“I am very proud of his achievements so far and very excited to see where his ambition and determination take him.”

William’s aspiration is to follow in the footsteps of Jensen Button and race in the Super GT Championships in Japan.  He hopes to make a career in motor racing, either as a driver or a race engineer and has secured a place at the Motor Sport College at Silverstone.

William said: “I love the buzz and adrenalin of racing; which I think I get from my dad who is still very involved in the sport.

“I am looking forward to racing the Ginetta at some brilliant circuits next year and really want to thank my family for supporting me, particularly my dad and grandad.”

Eddie Ives, team owner of Elite Motorsport, said: “I’m delighted to welcome William onboard in our 2020 Ginetta Junior squad.  William clearly has racing in his blood and he is an excellent addition to the team.  I can’t wait to start our testing programme to hit the ground running for round one at Donington Park.”

Christine Cunniffe, BA Hons MMus MBA, Principal of LVS Ascot, said: “This is an outstanding achievement and we are all very proud of  William. We are all very excited to see his racing career progress and wish him every success in the future. William is an asset to the sport and to our school, LVS Ascot”

William’s sponsors are v4 Wood Flooring and Crockford Park Properties.

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