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  • Writer's pictureVIVIEN STREBELOW

Emily Linscott Shortlisted for "Young Inspiration Award" by The Sunday Times

Updated: Oct 26, 2020

Young British racing driver Emily Linscott has been shortlisted for the "Young Inspiration Award" by The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year Award.

Photo by Faith Blackwell Photography

The Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year Award was firstly launched in 1988 by Andrew Neil as appreciation for the tremendous contribution to British sport by women every year. It is an important event in the British sporting calendar and was held in various locations in London. Since 2013, Sky Sports is partner of the award and works as catalyst for the broadcaster's all-year coverage of women´s sports.

Emily is nominated for her big effort to travel alone to the US to compete in the Lucas Oil School of Racing championship where she scored a podium, several Top-5 finishes, a pole position and two fastest laps during her 2020 season.

“I’m pleased with some of my performances, especially since I’ve had a very limited time in the car and all but one of the tracks were new to me, so I guess I shouldn’t be too hard on myself." - said Emily. "My final round at Sebring International was my best driving all season though, I changed a few important things about my preparation that really paid off for me, it helped me concentrate more on my driving and I produced three great performances”, added Linscott.

The 17-year old British driver joined the US-based championship at the second round of the 2020 shortened calendar after having to miss the first event of the year because of travel restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic. But with a huge effort from herself and her mentor Pippa Mann, her family and the many stakeholders, Linscott made her way back to the US and, following her quarantine period, she could finally join the rest of the season where she showcased her talent and potential with some remarkable steps forward in her career.

Emily finished the season in an overall 7th place, with a top-3 finish, two fastest laps, a pole position, a new track record and five top- finsihes. Her next step will be testing with a Formula 4 team in the US - before her return home to the UK with her family, where she will keep planning the next steps in her young but impressive career so far.

"I’m ready for the next step in the US now, I’m testing in Texas soon with an F4 team and I’m working hard to find the partners and sponsorship deals to get back out here early next year for some proper testing”.

You can vote for Emily as Sportswoman of the Year on the Sunday Times website at this link. You'll find Emily on the second page under the following description: "During lockdown, 17-year-old racing driver Emily Linscott got the opportunity to travel to America to compete. Despite the risks posed by the pandemic, the young driver took eight top-10 places in competitions, including fourth place at Autobahn, Illinois and setting a new lap record at Nola Motorsports Park in Louisiana. She also holds the lap record at NCM Motorsport Park in Kentucky from last year. She is mentored by British Indycar driver Pippa Mann."

In 2019, freshly-crowned W Series champion Jamie Chadwick was nominated for the award.



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