JSCC SCHOLARSHIP WINNER EMILY MOVES
FROM GRASS TO TARMAC
The scholarship event, which was held at Silverstone, consisted of a series of activities including a media test, fitness challenge and the all important driving assessment which youngsters aged from 14 to 17 completed for the opportunity to win a fully supported drive in the 2016 Junior Saloon Car Championship.
Andrew Bisping of GoMotorsport chatted to the young scholars about the MSA’s Race n Respect campaign and British GT driver and 2015 Michelin Ginetta Supercup Champion Tom Oliphant gave them a few tips on how to prepare for a career as a professional race driver.
Dave Beecroft of the JSCC said he was very impressed with the high standard of driving skills demonstrated by the scholars, some of whom had very little experience of circuit driving before the event.
He commented, “it is our intention that every scholar who attended the event went home having learnt something from their experience with us today, whether that be how to prepare a sponsorship pitch, improve their social media profile or tips on carrying more speed through corners.”
Following the selection of three finalists, Luke Browning, Angus Dudley and Emily Glanvill the JSCC announced Emily as their winner after a panel of 4 judges interviewed them.
Emily who has a background in Autograss racing is keen to get started on her preparations for her first race at Oulton Park on 19th March. “I am over the moon, it has been a fantastic day and I can’t wait to get out there and race.”
The JSCC will be raising funds and awareness for the Teenage Cancer Trust throughout the season and Emily and her new drive will be ambassadors for the charity at motorsport events throughout the UK.
Photo Credits Purple M Photo
JSCC with Teenage Cancer Trust Scholarship article in MotorsportDays Annual
JSCC Article in Autosport
An article published in Autosport magazine (March 5 2015). Ian Watson from the BARC explains how the Junior Saloon Car Championship (JSCC), can be a valuable stepping stone into the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), via Clios, as well as a cost effective transition from Karting to Car racing. Click here to read the article.
James Dorlin Wins 1st Prize JSCC – A Drive in Westbourne’s Clio Cup Car
2014 Junior Saloon Car Champion, James Dorlin was thrilled with his first outing in the Renault Sport Clio 3 race car at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit this week.
The test day, supplied courtesy of multiple race winning team, Westbourne Motorsport was part of Dorlin’s prize after winning the junior series in only his second year of competing.
It was a huge step up from the Junior car with over twice the power from the 2.0 Renault engine and a sequential gearbox to get to grips with.
Weather played it part with a damp track to start, eventually drying before the heavens opened later in the day.
Westbourne’s Ed Pead was driver coach for the day and helped James to get to grips with the new car.
Ed commented “having worked with many junior drivers in our seven year association with the series it’s great to see another fast driver making the step up from the JSCC series. James got to grips with the car really quickly and we were soon lapping very quickly in some tricky conditions, in the dry he was really committed”.
Westbourne’s Team Manager Richard Colburn was on hand to share the day with Dorlin. “James did a cracking job, I was really impressed by his maturity and focus. He listens well and definitely has an abundance of natural talent, he’ll be one to watch next year”.
James Dorlin hopes to compete in a full season of the Michelin Renault Clio Race series next year.
James said “I had been really looking forward to the test and it didn’t disappoint. The Clio was great and once I got to grips with the car felt totally at home, and put in some good times. To compete in the Michelin Clio Cup series next year has to be the natural progression for me having won the JSCC this year. I would like to thank Richard and the team at Westbourne for a great day.”
Westbourne Motorsport have announced today that they will offer the same prize to the 2015 JSCC Champion and shared test days in the Road Series version of the Michelin Clio for second and third in the championship, a prize fund valued at over £3000.
The Junior Saloon Car Series has produced many of the current UK Renault Clio Cup competitors supporting BTCC. This year three of the top five drivers come from JSCC. It is the leading proving ground for young talent in UK Motorsport.
SVRacing Cleans up in JSCC
Barnsley’s James Dorlin utterly dominated proceedings in the opening round of the Junior Saloon Car Championship (JSCC) at Rockingham Motor Speedway (5-6 April).
The 15-year old recently stepped on to the first rung of SVR’s ‘stairway of talent’ and is being mentored by former Clio Cup Champion and British Touring Car racer, Danny Buxton, while Howard Hunt is responsible for his on-track coaching.
Dorlin set the pace in free practice and comfortably took his Citroen Saxo VTR to pole position for both races with almost half a second in hand over his nearest challengers, Charlie Kennedy and Tom Stockton.
In a stunning display, Dorlin raced to an untroubled victory in the weekend’s opening JSCC encounter and crossed the line a full 12 seconds ahead of the pack in Round 2, having lost the early initiative to the talented Stockton.
Dorlin said: “I think I spent most of today at school staring out of the window in a daze, thinking about taking the chequered flag at Rockingham. It feels like a dream because, while I knew I had a chance of victory, I didn’t have a measure of the competition with so many new drivers who have strong backgrounds entering the series. You never know how things are going to pan out!
“I performed better than I expected against some talented people and at a track I’ve never raced on before, so I’m really happy! In a one-make championship like the JSCC, you just have to get your head down and get on with it. The car was set up well and a lot of preparation went into it so I’m pleased to reward everybody involved with such amazing results.”
SV Racing Director, Danny Buxton, said: “I’m so pleased with the way things panned out in the opening round of the 2014 Michelin Clio Cup Series and JSCC at Rockingham and the way SVR’s drivers performed throughout. I’d say the team’s fortunes fluctuated in the Clio Cup Series, but Sam (Randon) followed my instructions perfectly to get stunning starts in both races and achieve a fantastic maiden podium finish – that came earlier than I anticipated, given his lack of time in the car compared to his competitors.
JSCC Round 1&2 Rockingham Awards
Scott Mitchell in local newspaper article:
Scott wins Karting Championship
Scott Mitchell, aged 15, from Halewood, is the 2013 Manchester and Buxton Kart Club (MBKC) Junior Rotax Champion.
The Championship was run over 10 rounds from February to November, Scott achieved this in eight rounds at the Three Sisters circuit in Wigan.
The team (TMR Development) has won the championship three times in the past two years in the senior class last year and minimax and junior max class this year all on the PCR frame. The team is run by Chris Norris and Scott has driven for TMR since he started his career.
Scott started his karting career at eight years old moving from cadets to minimax where he won the Dragon Master trophy in 2011, competed in the National Championships in 2012, the MBKC championship is the climax of his karting career.
This season Scott will be competing in the junior saloon car championship (JSCC), racing a Citroen Saxo for his new team Orex Competition. The season runs from April to September at seven tracks including Oulton Park and Brands Hatch.
The team is based in Antrobus, Cheshire and have the luxury of a full race simulator on site and race at Le Mans. Scott will be mentored by Ray Grimes who works for Ferrari as an instructor/demonstrator for their road cars.
Scott is looking forward to further success in 2014 and would welcome any support/sponsorship. For full calendar and further details of the season ahead go to www.scottmitchellracing.com