Pippa and Emily crouching beside the car Young up and coming racing driver, Emily Linscott, showed her racing credentials when she flew out to America to race in the Lucas Oil School of Racing Formula Race Series in New Jersey last week.

The Basildon based youngster got the chance to race in the States once again through Indy500 driver, Pippa Mann, as part of her scholarship which has identified Linscott as a talent to watch out for. Emily said, “Pippa had worked so hard for me to get back to racing in America, we all have, but she managed to find some of her own sponsors that wanted me back there too, so with a couple of my own sponsors, we managed to find the budget to do this race weekend. I’m so pleased I did because I drove very well, and I think I impressed a lot of people! My pace was good from the start even though I’d not been in an open wheel race car in 6 months and it enabled me to challenge for top places throughout the three races.”

I can’t thank my sponsors for this event enough (Turfware inc, Leppo Rents, Shift Up Now, CGS Consultants and GoBobby.uk) as my season was looking like it might be quieter than I needed, and in motor racing, seat time is everything. The experience I’ve gained has been fantastic and I’m hoping I’ve repaid them all with the speed and race craft I showed in those three races”, she said with a big smile.

Pippa Mann herself commented on the rapid teenagers latest accomplishment, “After Emily impressed both inside and out of the car at Laguna Seca, several of us who saw her drive, and interacted with her at that event wanted to see whether we could help her return to the Lucas Oil School of Racing for one of their Race Events. Once this goal was achieved financially, then our hopes were that Emily would be able to come to another new track, show up, and pick up where she left off despite a lack of seat time. Emily’s performance surpassed these expectations in terms of pace from her first day back in an open wheel car, and the way in which she adapted to another new racetrack against competitors who had previously tested there was impressive. While the results on paper didn’t match the potential she showed, her pace throughout the weekend did, and with a little more seat time I am certain the results she would like to see will come.”

“The next goal is to find the funding to bring Emily back for more racing, and to help her get a foot-hold on the open wheel ladder. While in many ways this is a more daunting task than driving a race car will ever be, I’m also continuously impressed with how well Emily understands how to make those whom are supporting her racing efforts feel valued and appreciated. It’s rare to meet someone so young with such a keen handle on what it’s going to take outside the car as well as inside.”

“I’m very proud that she was one of the graduates of the Pippa Mann Scholarship program, and I hope to be able to continue to help her progress as far and as high as I can.”

This fast female racer is aiming to get back to race the next round if she can find the partners to work with to help her achieve the final three rounds left in this series. The next round is in mid-August in Kentucky, so there’s a lot to do in a short space of time.

To help pay her own way, she has also started doing Inspirational Talks at schools, clubs and colleges. Her first, again last week, was delivered to just under 500 pupils in two schools; Quilters Infants and Quilters Juniors, where she delivered her speech on “Breaking Boundaries and Perceptions”, with the aim of resonating with youngsters to achieve anything they set their minds to in life without the boundaries of stereotypical roles.

Keep an eye out for this young lady, she’s going places.

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