Local racing sensation secures USA Scholarship

Local racing driver prodigy Emily Linscott continues to clock up the miles in her promising motorsport career, with her latest twist seeing her awarded a racing scholarship in the USA by one of the nation’s leading racers, Pippa Mann.

Linscott, the first person to be offered such a scholarship outside of America, will fly out to Florida in January to team up with Mann at the Lucas Oil School to train on the world-famous Sebring International Raceway under Pippa’s guidance.

Born in London, The 35-year-old is the first woman to win an Indy Lights race in Kentucky 2010 and was the first woman to earn a pole of any type at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in that same year. She made her first career Verizon IndyCar Series debut at the 2011 Indianapolis 500, and has competed in every 500 since 2013.

The scholarship is just the latest notable achievement in Linscott’s racing career, which only began two years ago.

The 15-year-old recently achieved a 10th place rookie finish after competing in the Ginetta Junior Championships, which is considered to be, arguably, the toughest junior race car championship in the world, in what was her first-ever full season on the track.

“I was amazed! My dad read the email out to me and I thought he was joking around as usual, I really didn’t think he was serious. When I got to read it myself, I was totally blown away by it. It’s not something that happens every day but I’m so proud to be the first and only person to ever receive this outside of America. I really can’t wait to start, I can’t thank Pippa and Lucas Oil Racing School enough for this awesome opportunity. I’m concentrating on two other aspects of my racing, which we’ll be aiming to raise enough budget to compete in; the UAE F4 Championship, between January and March 2019 and the UK Championships of either the Ginetta Junior class once more or the British F4 Championship, which I’ve just remembered I’ll be testing again during the school half term…exciting.”

Emily Linscott

With the Ginetta Junior Championships now concluded, Linscott will be using the winter off-season to really focus on her GSCE’s and gym training at the Basildon Sports Village, which is managed by Everyone Active in partnership with Basildon Council, three to four times a week.