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Motorsport: Teenage racing driver Thurrock shortlisted for Sunday Times prize

TEENAGE Racing Driver, Emily Linscott, from Essex in the UK, has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2020 Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards.

Linscott, who is still on the other side of the Atlantic after completing his first full racing season in America, learned the news last week from those who received the awards. Linscott said: “I didn’t know what to say, which is quite unusual for me, I was so shocked but so happy too, that’s cool!” She added: “This year has been strange and difficult for everyone, but when the President of the United States banned all flights from the UK and Europe to America, I was devastated, j honestly thought I wouldn’t be able to race at all. year! After missing the first three races of the circuit where I hold the lap record, I felt very bad, I was not well placed! But, with many of hard work on my part, my amazing mentor, Pippa Mann, and too many other amazing people to mention, I finally learned that I could fly to America in an Elite Athlete program during the lockdown. Two days after I got that text I was on the plane. I knew it would be hard to be away from my parents for four months because I had never been away from them more than a week ago, but I had to follow my heart to pursue my racing career in the United States.

Linscott is shortlisted in the ‘Young Inspiration Award’ category for defying the odds and pursuing her racing career without any support system in the United States, while doing it all in the midst of a global pandemic and adhering to extremely high standards. brought up under such difficult circumstances. Linscott said: “I’m very proud to have been shortlisted for this award, I’m blown away by it actually. I hadn’t considered what I had done as inspirational, but I guess it is, I understand that now that it’s been explained to me a bit more. I am very honored.

You can vote via the website where you will have the opportunity to vote for each of the three categories chosen by the public. You’ll find this affable young athlete on the second of three voting pages.

The Essex-based pocket rocket finished their championship in 7and place in the overall standings, with impressive stats like a 3rd place on the podium at Sebring in Florida, 2 times the fastest laps, 1 time the pole position, 1 time the new lap record and 5 times the top 5, but being the perfectionist that she is, she is not happy . Linscott added: “I’m happy with some of my performances, especially as I had very limited time in the car and all but one of the tracks were new to me, so I guess I shouldn’t be too hard on myself. . My last round at Sebring International was my best drive of the whole season, I changed a few big things in my preparation which really paid off for me, it helped me focus more on my driving and I realized three great performances. I’m ready for the next step in the US now, I’m testing in Texas soon with an F4 team and working hard to find the partners and sponsorship deals to come back here early next year for proper testing. .