Letham lad in pole position

Sandy Mitchell (GBR) TRS Arden MSA Formula
Sandy Mitchell (GBR) TRS Arden MSA Formula

A young rookie racer from Letham has kickstarted his single-seater racing career over the weekend on the UK’s fastest circuit.

Sandy Mitchell (15) enjoyed a fantastic race weekend at Thruxton, Hampshire, bagging a double pole, two overall race wins in races one and three, a second place finish in the reverse grid of race two, set a new lap record for the MSA Formula Class and took the top step on the rookie class podium for all three races.

The High School of Dundee pupil is the reigning British Junior Max Karting Champion and the youngest British racer in the MSA Formula Championship.

Although Sandy suffered some bad luck in the opening events at Brands Hatch and Donington, his success at Thruxton has taken his overall standing from fifth place to second in the Rookie Cup.

The MSA Formula Championship showcases alongside the British Touring Cars on ITV4. In Race Three on the Sunday just as he did in Race One on the Saturday, Sandy showed his MSA Formula rivals the way around the Thruxton circuit, leading for nearly the whole of the live-televised finale to claim the second victory of his car-racing career.

With the ITV4 camera firmly attached to his Ford Eco-Boost car the viewers were treated to a 135mph high speed lap from the young driver’s perspective.

Sandy said: “I came to Thruxton knowing that I had the speed and just hoping that I could turn that into some results, and now I have.

“It’s never easy leading a race, you always have to have maximum focus the whole time, but everything went well and I can’t wait for the next race now.

“Everything has gone really well with the car this weekend, the TRS Arden Junior Team have done a fantastic job, big thanks to all who have supported me and sponsors Stirfresh, SGM Distribution and Tunnocks.”

The youngster’s interest in motorsports started when he was just four and has blossomed over the years into a very successful passion, with many awards and victories under his belt.

Sandy’s next race takes him to Oulton Park on the weekend of June 6 and 7, you can follow his progress on Twitter @SMitchellRacing or visit his site at www.sandymitchellracing.com