Dream come true as Oliver gains Ginetta place

CELEBRITY PRAISE: Sir Patrick Stewart, a fan of Ginetta cars, was among the many people offering their congratulations to Basey-Fisher during celebrations this week.
CELEBRITY PRAISE: Sir Patrick Stewart, a fan of Ginetta cars, was among the many people offering their congratulations to Basey-Fisher during celebrations this week.
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A SUFFOLK schoolboy is turning heads after passing the finish line ahead of some of the brightest young stars of motor racing to win what is considered the best junior series in the country.

Oliver Basey-Fisher, of Great Finborough, near Stowmarket, used his speed, ability to learn and team skills to win him a fully–funded season worth £40,000 in the Ginetta Junior Championship 2012, held in conjunction with Silverstone.

The 16-year-old schoolboy finished above 20 other hopefuls tested in the Ginetta G40 car under the watchful eyes of judges Max Gregory, Ginetta Championship co-ordinator and managing director Simon Finnis.

The Grande Finale of a series of rounds saw young drivers from around the country whittled down through a number of track tests.

Basey-Fisher admitted it was a dream come true to learn he had won the coveted scholarship.

“My feet haven’t touched the ground since I won the scholarship,” said Basey-Fisher, who was invited back to Silverstone with Ginetta earlier this week to celebrate the official start of the 2012 season, and to have the first outing in his junior car.

“It was fantastic to finally test the car and gain some valuable experience,” he said.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the day and cannot thank Ginetta and Silverstone enough for giving me this chance to race in the best junior series in the country. I am really looking forward to the season ahead.”

Basey-Fisher, who goes to school in Woodbridge, has raced karts for three years in the UK Super One series, where he also won the novice drivers’ championship in his first season.

The Ginetta Junior Championship is partnered with Silverstone to develop young driving talent and provide an ideal first step on to the racing career ladder for drivers wanting to cut their teeth in the high-octane world of motor-sport.

His first race is at Brands Hatch on March 31 with the British Touring Car Championship, which will be televised on ITV4.