Forth Valley teenager makes an impression on the running track

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A FORTH VALLEY teenager is on pole position for a successful track racing season after taking first place in the opening round of the Scottish C1 Newcomers Cup.

Ayden Wilson won the second race of the opening round of the season at Knockhill Race Circuit and made his second outing in the purpose-built car on the weekend of Sunday May 8.

The Wallace High School student, who also works in family business Kevin Wilson Master Builders, will race six races this season in the Scottish Motor Racing Championships.

Ayden said: “My first time on the podium as a newcomer was a surreal but proud moment that I didn’t expect before the weekend.

“As a newbie to track racing, the goal was to gain experience and enjoy the time with my family.

“The Newcomers win was a real confidence boost for me and gives me something to aim for.

“However, I don’t want to be too obsessed with winning because I still have a lot to learn and I’m lucky to have a lot of high quality, experienced drivers around me to learn from.”

The 17-year-old’s love of racing began in his youth when he spent time watching Formula 1 races with his father Kevin.

Ayden’s dream of starting his career on the track came true after his parents, Kevin and Pam, bought a used Citroën which he and his father modified to C1 racing standards, including a rebuild complete the car, with the help of his grandparents.

Proud mum Pam said: “He has been involved in racing for so long that we knew we had to give him the chance to achieve his dream and so far so good.

“It was fantastic, and more than a little scary, to see him go for his first race and great to see him win the first round of the Newcomers Cup.

“He seems to have a real talent for racing and as a ‘newcomer’ he gets a lot of support and advice from other racers on the circuit who are all very friendly.

Ayden will race a total of six rounds this season – five at Knockhill and one at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire – with the final race on October 9.

Ayden is looking for sponsors to help her achieve her ambitions.

Anyone who can help should contact him via [email protected]

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