Woddbridge School pupil in pole position after landing �40,000 ride

Woodbridge School pupil Oliver Basey-Fisher has landed a dream ride in the Ginetta Junior Championship 2012.

The 16-year-old passed the finishing line ahead of a plethora of motorsport’s finest young talent to secure a fully-funded campaign in the series, worth over �40,000.

The teenager, from Great Finborough, Stowmarket, finished in pole position after completing a range of speed and team skills to win the Ginetta Junior Scholarship, held in conjunction with Silverstone.

His skills driving the Ginetta G40 car were tested under the watchful eyes of judges Max Gregory, the Ginetta Championship co-ordinator and managing director Simon Finnis and young drivers from around the country were whittled down through a number of intensive track tests.

Oliver’s first race is at Brands Hatch on March 31 with the British Touring Car Championship, which will be televised on ITV4 and has over 14m viewers.

“My feet haven’t touched the ground since I won the Scholarship,” said Oliver, who was invited back to Silverstone with Ginetta earlier this week to celebrate the official start of the 2012 season, and to have the first outing in his junior car.

“It was fantastic to finally test the car and gain some valuable experience.

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“I am really looking forward to the season ahead, it’s set to be an exciting one.”

Ginetta managing director Mr Finnis added: “In the final test, Oliver showed he could deliver an outstanding performance, even in such a high pressure situation.”

But it was also Oliver’s personal and professional attitude which impressed the judges.

“As well as a strong track test, Oliver also impressed us with an excellent interview,” said Max Gregory.

Oliver has raced karts for three years in the UK Super One series, where he also won the novice drivers’ championship in his first season.

The Ginetta Junior Championship, partnered with Silverstone develops young driving talent and provides an ideal first step onto the racing career ladder for drivers wanting to cut their teeth in motorsport.

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