A Market Drayton teenager has taken a major step toward becoming a professional racing driver.
George Sutton, 16, will be the youngest competitor in this year’s Mini Challenge UK Championship, competing with drivers of any age.
Previously George competed in the Junior Saloon Car Championship, which is aimed at 14 to 17 year olds.
The teenager has been competing in national motorsport for the past four years. His father Mick Sutton said: “George is currently testing out his new car before the racing season starts in April. He is 16 now and eligible to compete in the adult series.
“To do that he had to get a new car and sponsorship for that. The new car is three times more powerful. This new championship is a major step-up.
“He will be competing with professional racing drivers. It is a huge leap forward. The Mini Challenge UK Championship is extremely high profile.
“All eight rounds will be televised on TV and there are crowds of about 25,000 to 30,000 who come and watch.
“It will be a two-year campaign. It is a very high-end motor sport event. He will be the youngest competitor on the grid.” George, who attends the Grove School in Market Drayton, started racing competitively at the age of 10. He was previously the youngest competitor in the junior saloon cars Championship.
To try and help fund his racing career, George also works in his spare time for a kart racing team as a mechanic and driver coach for cadet kart drivers.
Mr Sutton said: “We are all very proud of what George has achieved. He has won some very high-level races.
“This is the next step in what he needs to come closer to his career goal of competing and winning the British Touring Car Championship.” TFor more information, or to sponsor him or to follow George’s progress, go to facebook.com/GeorgeSuttonRacing/Subscribe to our Newsletter