Oli Basey-Fisher has had his achievements recognised by the prestigious British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) by being named one of its ‘Rising Stars’.
The Great Finborough-based 2013 Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge champion is thrilled to have been welcomed on to the BRDC’s invitation-only programme, which offers guidance and support to aspiring professional racers considered to be among the best in the UK.
Notably, the 18-year-old has been named a BRDC Rising Star after just two full seasons of car racing at any level to underline his exceptional progress.
“Being invited to be a BRDC Rising Star really is a fantastic start to 2014 for me”, said Basey-Fisher after joining the programme which has helped the likes of 2008 Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton fulfil their potential. “It’s a great honour to be part of such a prestigious and highly-regarded club, especially after only a couple of seasons in cars.
“The BRDC is the most exclusive club of its kind – I am incredibly grateful for such recognition and support and looking forward to representing the BRDC going forward.”
Graduating from karting to cars at the start of the 2012 Ginetta Junior Championship season, having secured his place on the grid by winning the Ginetta Junior Scholarship, the Suffolk racer went on to become a podium finisher on his debut and added more silverware in the subsequent Winter Series.
Moving into the Ginetta GT5 Challenge last year, he put together a sensational campaign to secure the championship crown in style during the last race of the season at Donington Park.
Claiming four race victories and 10 other podiums, he bagged the coveted title by nine points — having been third in the driver standings going into the final weekend of the campaign.
Aiming to move another rung up the car racing ladder this year, the Suffolk One College student hopes to confirm his precise 2014 deal in due course.