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Josh Webster - SilverstoneJosh Webster rounded-out the 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC season at Silverstone National Circuit on Sunday, 7th October, as category runner-up for the second year in succession following an incident-packed final race of the campaign.

While the 18-year-old MSA Team UK driver did face a near-impossible task to overhaul title rival Scott Malvern’s healthy advantage on the last weekend of the season, he gave it everything he had and set-up an intriguing finale by finishing ahead of Malvern in the first of the event’s two races on Saturday, 6th October, with second place – his ninth podium of the year.

Going into Sunday’s televised 14th round within 11 points of the series leader, Josh had a tough challenge starting seventh on the grid. His hopes then evaporated on lap eight, while in sixth place, when forced to avoid a collision between the fourth and fifth placed cars at Brooklands.

Dropping the MGR Motorsport driver to the tail of the top 20, he delivered an excellent recovery drive and produced some outstanding overtaking manoeuvres on his way back to 13th place but all to no avail in terms of the championship challenge.

The Stowmarket teenager’s bid for the 2012 title began well after winning the first round and taking two additional second places on the opening weekend of the season. After being wiped-out of qualifying at Rockingham during the second event of the year though, the Nine Group, Admiral Solutions & Support and Integra ICT-backed racer had faced an uphill struggle from that point on.

Even so, Josh’s record speaks for itself with five wins for the year, a total of nine podiums from 14 races, four pole positions and three fastest laps. He was also recently named one of the six finalists for the coveted McLaren Autosport BRDC Award – the most prestigious young driver accolade in British motorsport, won in the past by 2009 FIA Formula One World Champion Jenson Button.

“It has been a good year on the whole, we’ve got some positives to take away with five wins and nine podiums”, said Josh, “Racing is harsh sometimes though, I said exactly the same thing this time last year! We did make some good overtaking moves after being forced off the track but I was never going to win the championship.

“We went out fighting but now I’m just looking forward and I can’t wait for the finals of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award. It would have been good to go out on a win but when [Chris] Middlehurst and [Macaulay] Walsh clashed that was curtains for me.”

He added: “It’s been fantastic working with all the guys at MGR this year, it really is a great team and I want to say a big thank you to everyone there especially Mark Godwin, Mark my mechanic and Peter my engineer for all their hard work during the season.

“We’ve got a lot of options for 2013, I’m looking forward to moving on – whether that’s in Formula 3 or GP3. The main focus first though is the McLaren Award, I’ve got no expectations other than it being an amazing experience and an incredible opportunity.”

Final 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship Driver Standings:
CHAMPION: Scott Malvern, 368pts; 2nd Josh Webster, 335pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Sean Walkinshaw - Silverstone FR BARCMTECH Lite’s Sean Walkinshaw rounded off the Protyre Formula Renault BARC season with a top 12 result during the final race of the 2012 championship at Silverstone on Sunday, 7th October, after a robust and incident-packed weekend of action on the 1.64-mile National Circuit.

Showing great pace in qualifying for rounds 13 and 14, running in support of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, the Chipping Norton 18-year-old secured eighth on the grid for Sunday’s televised race with a lap of 56.600 seconds (104.33mph) placing him only 0.2 seconds shy of pole.

His chances of a similarly strong performance in the opening 15-minute qualifying period, which got underway in damp conditions, weren’t aided by a red flag period midway through and having joined in the session late, Sean ran out of laps as the track dried – having to settle for 13th on the grid for race one.

Determined for a strong climb through the order in round 13 on Saturday, 6th October, the second year racer was unfortunately shuffled back to 15th position on the opening lap but worse was to follow soon after when contact from another car wrecked the front wing on Sean’s FR. 2.0; leading to a frustrating retirement at the end of lap four.

Starting Sunday’s race from the fourth row of the grid, Sean had a good chance to try and better his season’s best eighth place from the Croft event in July and at the beginning he held on to eighth spot well but was bundled back to 10th just prior to the emergence of the Safety Car on lap three.

When racing resumed on lap seven, the Oxfordshire teenager wasn’t able to capitalise from the re-start and instead he was attacked into Copse which resulted in Sean having to run wide to avoid any contact.

Thankfully emerging unscathed, he spent the remainder of the final round bottled up behind the car of Brazilian driver Henrique Baptista. Another Safety Car period was required late in the race, leaving a two-lap sprint at the end in which Sean managed to keep at bay the experienced Josh Webster who was recovering after an earlier incident.

“We were hindered by the red flag in the first qualifying so we didn’t have very much time to get anything better than P13 for the first race”, explained Sean, “The second session wasn’t too bad though, I was reasonably happy with eighth on the grid for race two although without a small mistake I could have been a couple of places higher as I lost a tenth.

“Both races were quite frustrating really, in the first another driver just swung across and destroyed my front wing with his rear wheel. In the second one, I got a really bad re-start after the first Safety Car which meant I was passed into Copse and then someone else tried a fun-lunge as well, it was a bit dangerous, and I had to run wide and get on the brakes so lost a lot of time.”

Sean added: “After that the pace was alright but we lost too much ground, then we had another Safety Car so the race was pretty frustrating overall. We should have had more out of the weekend but we’ve got the Winter Series to look forward to next. It should be good and I’m well settled into the team so we’re hoping for two really strong weekends, I can’t wait for that to start now.”

Rounds one and two of the 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Winter Series will take place just a fortnight from now, over the weekend 20th/21st October, at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in Kent – once again in support of the BTCC and with the promise of live television coverage on ITV4.

Final Provisional 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship Driver Standings:
18th Sean Walkinshaw, 71pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Raoul OwensRaoul Owens brought the curtain down on an incredibly frustrating season in the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship at Silverstone over the weekend, 6th/7th October, and is now focused on a fresh challenge as he prepares for his European race debut in a few days’ time.

Off the back of a season littered with mechanical woes and other issues, the 18-year-old Kent-born driver wasn’t disappointed to see the chequered flag fall on the final race of the 2012 campaign on Sunday afternoon – particularly after struggling with the handling of his car throughout the event.

Qualifying set the scene for the weekend with Raoul uncharacteristically 23rd and 25th on the grid for the two races. Things didn’t improve much in race conditions either, a lack of pace troubling the Cape Town-based teenager and ultimately leading to a vexing best finish of 19th position in round 14.

“At the start of the year I was happy in the car and it felt good but over the course of the year things have just gone in the opposite direction”, explained Raoul, “This weekend things haven’t been as we’d want at all, we’ve all been scratching our heads and it was impossible to pull a good lap time.

“We’ve definitely not shown our true pace this weekend, or for the majority of the year, which is obviously really disappointing. I’d hoped to end the season on a high but it’s probably been the worst weekend of the season really.”

Unhappy with the balance of his car, in race one on Saturday, Raoul’s difficult run was compounded when a drive into the points from 23rd on the grid came to nothing as he was dropped back to 23rd on the final race classification due to a time penalty.

Pushing especially hard in an attempt to extract more performance from his FR 2.0, the Bright Spark Ventures-backed racer was deemed to have exceeded the track limits at Copse Corner. Hoping to make amends in race two, the drive into 19th place was as much as the British driver could muster with handling problems again hampering his progress.

“It’s not been a season to remember that’s for sure”, he added, “We just need to focus on what comes next now and where we’ll be in 2013. The plan is to race in Europe and hopefully make the sort of impact we thought we were going to this year.”

Raoul’s first venture into competition on the European mainland will come next weekend, 13th/14th October, with a visit to Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium for the season finale of the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup (NEC). He will make his series debut with Manor MP Motorsport.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Seb Morris - Silverstone Double WinnerBritish Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Rising Star Seb Morris was the class of the field during the Protyre Formula Renault BARC finale at Silverstone over the weekend, 6th/7th October – two sensational wins enabling the Welshman to conclude his maiden season in single-seaters third in the championship.

On top form right from the off, the 16-year-old from Marford locked out pole position for both of the weekend’s races on the 1.64-mile National Circuit and impressively controlled rounds 13 and 14 without putting a wheel wrong to make it five wins for the year.

Having begun the season with a remarkable run of five pole positions, from which he secured three victories, some misfortune during the middle part of the championship prevented Seb from delivering the results his pace deserved and cost him a potential crack at the championship title.

This weekend, though, the hotly tipped Ginetta Ambassador stole the show once again, finishing the season by far the best of the rookies, taking his tally of pole positions to seven – the most of any driver in the championship – and matching experienced Vice-Champion Josh Webster with five wins.

“It’s been a fantastic weekend, to take two poles and the two wins is the perfect way to round-off the championship and to end the year top three in my first season is incredible”, said Seb, “If you can win races in BARC Renault I think it shows you can win in anything as it’s so tight. To beat a guy like Scott Malvern [Formula Renault BARC Champion] makes me feel really proud.”

Qualifying on Saturday started in damp but drying conditions and in the opening 15 minute run, setting the grid for round 13, the MSA Academy driver lapped with a best time of 56.517 seconds (104.49mph) to seal the top spot on the grid by a huge 0.3 seconds. He then continued where he left off in session two, taking the round 14 pole with a time of 56.377 seconds (104.75mph).

Scorching away from the line at the beginning of Saturday afternoon’s penultimate round of the season, Seb never looked back and immediately opened up an advantage of over a second. As the race entered lap four, he really started to motor and reeled off a series of fastest laps to pull clear at the front before going on to claim a comfortable 2.6 second victory.

Along the way, Seb posted the fastest lap of the race with a time of 56.429 seconds (104.65mph) on the 15th tour and in doing so bagged two bonus points – all helping him to move back into the series top three.

In Sunday’s championship finale, broadcast live across the UK on ITV4 and ITV4 HD, the Abbey Gate College student again led away from pole and built an advantage of about a second before the Safety Car was deployed. At the re-start on lap seven, the Fortec Motorsports driver again led away and steadily edged clear of champion-elect Malvern before the Safety Car made a reappearance.

Resulting in a two-lap dash to the flag, Seb sensibly cooled his tyres before the second re-start and it worked a treat as he kept Malvern at bay to claim the win by 0.7 seconds – a timely boost ahead of his Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup (NEC) debut in Belgium next weekend.

“I was really glad the Safety Car came out, the tyres had started over-heating quite dramatically and there was a big performance drop off”, explained Seb, “Instead of trying to keep the tyres warm behind the Safety Car, I let them cool down which really worked out for me over the last two laps.

“The main thing in my mind was not to make any mistakes, I knew if I was roughly the same pace as Scott [Malvern] it would be very difficult for him to try and pass. Two wins here is fantastic, just what we needed and it’s given me such momentum ahead of my European debut at Spa next weekend.”

Remaining with the Fortec squad for his Formula Renault 2.0 NEC bow, the teenage Welshman will be in action at Spa-Francorchamps just a few days from now over the weekend 13th/14th October.

Final 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship Driver Standings (inc. drop scores):
CHAMPION: Scott Malvern, 368pts; 3rd Seb Morris, 274pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Scott MalvernBarkingside’s Scott Malvern clinched his 2nd consecutive single seater championship at Silverstone last Sunday adding the ProTyre Formula Renault Championship to the Dunlop MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain that he won in 2011.

Scott racing for the newly formed Cullen Motorsport Team qualified 4th out of 32 cars for both races at the weekend and took third and second placed finishes which were enough to give him the title by a comfortable margin. He also set a new lap record for the class on the Silverstone National circuit.

Racing on the popular British Touring Car bill, a huge crowd witnessed Scott’s fine achievement which was also broadcast live on ITV4. Scott said afterwards “this has been a very different campaign to last year. We were much better prepared last year, did a lot of testing pre-season and throughout the year and were pretty much unstoppable wrapping up the championship with several races to spare. This year we did a very late deal and didn’t have the opportunity to do any pre-season testing and only did minimal in-season testing. In two case I turned to compete at circuits I’d never set eyes on before (Thruxton & Croft). But we prevailed and worked hard and I’m really proud of this championship win”.

“Where we go from here I don’t know. I’d love to step up to GP3 or F3 or even look at the USA Road to Indy programme. But we are just going to have to keep pushing to see if can get the funding in place. No one can argue with my credentials now having won both of the leading junior UK single seater championships in the last two years. I’ve proved I have what it takes”.
Scott would like to thank all of his 2012 supporters including, Cullen Motorsport, Jamun Racing, SDS, Stratos Marcomm, Allied Tanks & Fabrications, Baines Leasing, Contract Lift Solutions, Jenner Contractors Ltd, Pritchard & Cowburn, and MIR Racewear.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Matthew BrabhamToday did not go as planned for Team USA Scholarship winner Matthew Brabham and his Cliff Dempsey Racing team. After an excellent run to sixth place yesterday on his European debut at Silverstone, Brabham finished a disappointing 14th in a race that was interrupted by two Safety Car periods and was televised live on ITV4-HD in the UK.

“Yeah, it was a pretty crazy race,” said Brabham. “I think it was because the red mist fell for the last race of the championship and because it was being televised.”

Brabham lined up 14th on the grid for the 14th and final round of the Formula Renault BARC UK season, due to a les s than optimal second period of qualifying on Saturday morning, and then worsened his predicament by not making the best of getaways at the traditional standing start. He completed Lap 1 in an unrepresentative 18th and was embroiled in a hectic midfield battle throughout what turned out to be a 21-lap contest.

“The race was pretty exciting,” he said. “I got a bad start and lost a few positions so it was tough to recover. I managed to gain a few positions back before the first Safety Car. My restart was good so I managed to get another position back and then stayed there for most of the race. Right before the end of the race there was another Safety Car and we had a two-lap dash to the finish. Unfortunately, I lost another position on this restart. The racing was definitely tough and I really got to see how these guys race over here. Everyone is so close, so my qualifying position really made it hard for me.”

Brabham, who recently clinched this year’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and will graduate to the Star Mazda Championship as part of the Mazda Road to Indy scholarship ladder, will now return to the United States to take part in the Mazda Road to Indy test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on October 10/11 for Andretti Autosport. He will then travel back to the UK for the first round of the Formula Renault BARC Winter Series at the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit on October 20/21, keen to build upon the experience he gained at Silverstone.

“I’m happy with how the weekend went,” he concluded. “I learned a lot from racing with these guys. It was quite challenging as everyone was so close. My first qualifying and race went really well; it was great to get sixth place for the first race. I struggled a bit in the second qualifying and that hurt me in the second race. I learned so much from this weekend though and really enjoyed it. The team was great and worked extremely hard, and all the peopl e here supporting me were a great help; I can’t thank them enough. I head back to Indianapolis for the Star Mazda test there but I can’t wait to get back over here for the first race of the Winter Series at the Brands Hatch GP circuit.”

The Team USA Scholarship is supported by Doug Mockett & Company, Road Racing Drivers Club and its ground-breaking SAFEisFAST.com video tutorial initiative, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, INDYCAR’s Mazda Road to Indy, Mazda, Honda Performance Development, NameSilo, Silicon Salvage, McMurry Inc., Parathyroid.com, Dyson Racing, Allen Berg Racing Schools, Seat Time, LLC, PitFit Training, Sparco USA, RACER Magazine, eFormulaCarNews.com, Speedstar Management, Styled Aesthetic and Manifest Group as well as numerous past Scholarship winners.

For more information, please visit www.TeamUSAScholarship.org or find us on Facebook.

Matthew BrabhamMatthew Brabham made a fine debut in the Formula Renault BARC Championship today at Silverstone, finishing sixth among an extremely competitive 32-car field at the wheel of his Team USA Scholarship/Cliff Dempsey Racing entry. The result ensured an impressive start to his tenure as the latest Team USA Scholarship winner, following in the footsteps of accomplished veterans such as Jimmy Vasser, Bryan Herta, Buddy Rice, AJ Allmendinger and Andy Lally, and rising stars JR Hildebrand, Conor Daly and Josef Newgarden

Brabham benefited from the brief experience he gained during test sessions on Wednesday and Friday – and t he data from English CDR teammate Chris Middlehurst – to qualify fifth for today’s race. His best time of 56.875s was just over 0.3s adrift of polesitter Seb Morris in a field where the top 22 cars were separated by less than a second. Brabham was a scant .030s adrift of championship leader Scott Malvern and a similar margin in front of Middlehurst. After a short break, the cars returned to the track to set the grid order for Race Two on Sunday. This time Brabham had to settle for 14th.

“Qualifying went well,” said Brabham. “It was a little different to what I’m used to with the split sessions although it was quite fun to change it up a bit. It was a little wet but there was a clear dry line and I managed to qualify fifth for the first race which was excellent. It was so close, as it’s been all week, and I was only half a tenth off second place! In the second session everyone got a bit quicker but I stayed the same so I fell down the order. It was a little disappoint ing for me, but it’s all so close that only a few tenths separates us all.”

The usual first-lap shuffle in today’s 18-lap race resulted in Brabham losing a place to Middlehurst. The Florida-born and based Brabham then settled into a race-long battle with Russian Ivan Taranov and Briton Kieran Vernon. Their infighting allowed Middlehurst to make a slight break, but there was no respite for Brabham. Vernon found a way past his Russian rival on Lap 9, but Brabham withstood the pressure to secure a sixth-place result.

“It was a lot of fun as the racing was quite tough,” he said. “I was a little nervous as it’s been a long time since I’ve done a standing start, but I got away well. Into the second corner I got a little nudge from behind and went wide. I didn’t lose any positions but I lost a bit of time to the people in front, so the rest of the race I was defending quite hard. The last few laps I managed to get a slight gap and hold my position. I’m very happy to fin ish sixth. These guys have been racing all year and I still have a lot to learn about these cars and the way these guys race over here.

“Tomorrow I start 14th so it’s going to be a tough race but I’m looking forward to it. I’m learning a huge amount and really enjoying the challenge. And a big thanks to all the people who support the Team USA Scholarship, and have made this awesome opportunity possible for me.”

The full results from today’s race are available at http://bit.ly/SCF9l4.

Race Two tomorrow will start at 3:10 UK time. Live timing is available via TSL-Timing.com at http://bit.ly/VCT6yu. And you can see the action live online at www.itv.com/btcc

The Team USA Scholarship is supported by Doug Mockett & Company, Road Racing Drivers Club and its ground-breaking SAFEisFAST.com video tutorial initiative, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, INDYCAR’s Mazda Road to Indy, Mazda, Honda Performance Development, NameSilo, Silicon Salvage, McMurry Inc., Parathyroid.com, Dyson Racing, Allen Berg Racing Schools, Seat Time, LLC, PitFit Training, Sparco USA, RACER Magazine, eFormulaCarNews.com, Speedstar Management, Styled Aesthetic and Manifest Group as well as numerous past Scholarship winners.

For more information, please visit www.TeamUSAScholarship.org or find us on Facebook.

Sean WalkinshawSingle-seater racer Sean Walkinshaw is delighted to confirm he will contest the upcoming Protyre Formula Renault BARC Winter Series, which begins at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit on 20th/21st October, after concluding a deal this week with MTECH Lite.

Continuing his association with the Derbyshire-based squad, with whom he has raced in the main Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship this year, the Chipping Norton driver will go into the four-round series hoping for a consistently strong campaign as he builds his experience.

Although only in his second full season of motorsport at any level, the 18-year-old has improved markedly throughout a very busy 2012 with highlights including a double victory on his Formula 3 debut in the MSV F3 Cup, podium finishes in the InterSteps Championship and a top six finish on his maiden outing at Paul Ricard HTTT in the south of France as part of the Asian Formula BMW series.

“I’m really looking forward to the Winter Series, it should be good and I think we can go into it with a lot of confidence after my recent results”, said Sean, “We always wanted to stay with MTECH, it’s a great team and we all work really well together. We’ve definitely made good steps forward during the second half of the BARC season.”

The opening two rounds at Brands Hatch in Kent will run as part of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship package, therefore guaranteeing crowds in the region of 30,000 spectators and also bringing the promise of live television coverage on ITV4 for at least one of the races.

Three weeks later, the final two rounds of the Winter Series will be held at Rockingham International Sportscar Circuit near Corby on Saturday, 10th November, the scene of Sean’s first podium finish in the InterSteps Championship recently during only his fourth race meeting in that series and also the venue for his first ever car racing podium in last year’s Protyre Formula Renault BARC Winter Series.

“Having the first two rounds as part of the TOCA package is obviously a great way to start, it’ll be fantastic racing with such big crowds and I can’t wait to get out there on such a good international circuit as Brands GP”, added Sean.

Before then, of course, the Oxfordshire youngster will contest the final two rounds of the main 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC season at Silverstone National Circuit in Northamptonshire this weekend, 6th/7th October.

Running as support to the BTCC, like the opening rounds of the Winter Series, the second of the event’s two Formula Renault encounters on Sunday will be screened live on ITV4 and ITV4 HD, and streamed live on the www.itv.com/btcc website, from 15.10 – check listings for more details.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Scott MalvernScott Malvern goes into the final two rounds of the Protyre Formula Renault Championship at Silverstone this weekend with a healthy but not unassailable lead. Scott says “this is the biggest lead that anyone has had all season in what has been a close and hard fought championship. All I can say is that I’d rather be in the position that I am in than any of the other drivers. My game plan will the same as it’s been all season to try to win the races”

At the last event at Donington Park, in August, Cullen Motorsport driver Scott took a win and two second place finishes, plus a fastest lap, helping him to stretch his championship lead over MGR driver Josh Webster who is the only other driver that can now challenge him for the championship.

A capacity grid of 32 cars is expected for the season finale with a very large crowd drawn in by the ever popular British Touring Cars. Win or not though Scott is happy with his season. “Some people said I was a Formula Ford specialist. Well I have proved this year that I can do it in a winged car and considering how late this deal was put together and how little testing we have been able to do I am very happy with how it has gone. I’d like to say a very big thank you to Cullen Motorsport and SDS for all of their help this year. I’m not still not certain where I go from here but I’d love to have a crack at GP3 given the chance or perhaps look at the Road To Indy scheme in the USA”.

Michael Schumacher & Seb MorrisSeb Morris will be the subject of a dedicated one hour documentary on the Sky Sports F1 channel next Thursday, 4th October, entitled ‘Britain’s Next F1 Star’, which details the 16-year-old’s motor racing career to date as he strives for a potential future in the FIA Formula One World Championship.

As one of six young racers to be highlighted by the series, which is produced by USP Content and sponsored by Scalextric, the Marford driver – who is currently in the midst of his first year of single-seater action in the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship – is on the fast track to success.

Graduating to Formula Renault from the ranks of Ginetta Junior, where he won the championship in 2011 having already made history by winning the previous year’s Winter Series at the tender age of 14-years-old, Seb made a major impact by winning only his second ever race in single-seaters.

With a look at his formative career, coupled with a glance at his life away from the motorsport paddock as well, the highlight of the filming process for the Ginetta Ambassador was the chance to meet, and interview, his sporting hero – seven-time F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher.

“It’s fantastic my programme is the first of the series, I’m really happy about that”, said Seb, “I was so surprised when I had the chance to interview Michael. I was really shocked – we all were – when I got the call to say I needed to be at the Mercedes team factory the next morning for a certain time to meet Michael.

“Everything he has to do is down to the precise minute so whenever he does interviews away from the track, it’s usually when he’s travelling to or from an airport. So, we travelled with him on his way to catching a private jet and I was able to do a proper interview.”

He added: “It was such a special moment for me, he’s been my idol all through my racing career and there he was, looking me straight in the eye, while I interviewed him – fantastic! I really can’t thank Michael, and everyone at the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team, enough for making it happen.”

As Seb’s highly impressive maiden season in single-seater racing nears its conclusion, the exposure the documentary will provide will be absolutely crucial as he strives to attract the sponsorship to carry his career forward through the upper echelons of the sport towards a career in F1.

“The audience will be massive, I think the show is going to be repeated 12 times so there’s no excuse for anyone missing it!”, added Seb, “It’s a huge boost for me to be featured on something like this, it really helps put me in the limelight and the great thing is it also shows how hard young racing drivers have to work.

“It’s not just about rocking up to the track and driving a car, there’s a lot more to it and especially so when you’re trying to build a professional career towards F1. The filming was great to be involved with and the cameras followed me everywhere, school, testing, at home and at the track. I think it’s a good story – I hope everyone enjoys it!”

‘Britain’s Next F1 Star’ will have its premiere screening on Sky Sports F1 (channel 408 on the Sky platform) and Sky Sports F1 HD (channel 440) at 19.30 on Thursday, 4th October, with a repeat the same evening at 22.45. Additional re-runs follow with the first of those to be broadcast on Sunday, 7th October, at 10.15 and 16.15.

Seb will also enjoy further TV coverage on Sunday, 7th October, as part of the final race of the 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC season. Taking place at Silverstone National Circuit, round 14 of the campaign will be screened live on ITV4 and ITV4 HD at approximately 15.10. Round 13, which isn’t televised, is timetabled for Saturday, 6th October, at 16.30.

Going into the championship finale, the Welshman is fourth in the driver standings – the highest placed single-seater rookie – and just 15 points outside the coveted top three. To date, he has three race victories, a total of four podiums, five pole positions and three fastest laps to his credit.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.