7th August 2019, Emily Linscott, the affable teenage racing driver from Basildon, Essex, was offered the chance to get back racing in America for the next round of the Lucas Oil Formula Race Series as an unknown investor from the States put down almost half of the entry fees for the final three rounds of the championship. Between her, her family, sponsors and her mentor, Pippa Mann, they needed to raise the balance to make the Kentucky round possible.
“Following such an amazing round at NJMP last month, there was no way I was going to allow this opportunity to go by without a fight”, said an adamant Linscott. “Pippa found the investor and then we started searching for others who might be willing to get involved, but there was such little time to get it all arranged, so I offered my supporters the chance to be part of the race by having their personal names on the car. The idea was well received, and the fans came through with so much enthusiasm. I’m honestly blown away. I’d like to thank everyone involved in getting this together with me, without you all this wouldn’t have happened!”
Emily’s mum, Samantha said, “Pippa Mann has worked tirelessly behind the scenes in the US, and with our family and friends all pulling together, it’s been a wonderful team effort. We’ve really seen just how much support Emily truly has out there, it’s more than we could have ever wished for. Making it out to this race will benefit Emily’s race career opportunities no end and we’ll hopefully be able to get her back there for the other two remaining rounds in September and October too”.
Signs Express in Basildon will be producing the bespoke names in sticker format for the youngster to take with her and apply to her race car but before all this happens, there’s one small aspect of the coming weekend to deal with as well.
Emily will race the Hedgehog Security GT4 car with teammate, sponsor and owner, Peter Bassill, at the next round of the Britcar Endurance Championship at Snetterton in Norfolk. They’re hoping to replicate their stunning first outing together where the pair secured an incredible podium finish; a performance that surpassed their expectations, creating a new level of expectation within the team for more results.
The busy teen will return from her NCS fortnight on Thursday 8th, she’ll be driven straight to the racetrack that same evening, a four-hour drive, in readiness for practice on Friday with qualifying and two one-hour races on Saturday. She then shoots back down the motorway to Brands Hatch in Kent, as a guest of the W Series where she will meet the drivers and the team behind the all-female championship at their final round of the season. With just the Monday break in between, she jets off to America on Tuesday morning ahead of her races in Kentucky the following weekend. A hectic schedule to say the least!
We wish her the very best of luck.