Coming into 2016 with no circuit racing experience, Emily Glanvill has made considerable progress since being crowned Junior Saloon Car Championship scholarship winner at the start of the year. Impressing the judges with her on-track and off-track abilities, Emily’s maturity and professionalism has been second to none in a season which has featured mixed emotions. Some impressive displays at Pembrey and Croft were the highlight of Glanvill’s year with a spectacular accident at her home race of Knockhill setting her back later in the season. Despite this, Emily stayed positive and ended the year with a strong display at Silverstone which has set her up for a positive off-season where she hopes to secure the sponsorship necessary to compete in the Celtic Speed MINI Cooper Cup.
Emily arrived in the Junior Saloon Car Championship with a background in Autograss Racing and had not competed in a circuit race prior to the season opener at Oulton Park. However, by claiming the Junior Saloon Car Championship scholarship, this showed that Glanvill had both the on-track ability and off-track skills to make her debut season a success. With no additional testing prior to the first weekend, it was sure to be a step into the unknown but Emily drove maturely to finish both races, impressively beating fellow rookie drivers who had experienced more seat time than herself.
Following on from Emily’s impressive debut, she arrived at Pembrey looking for further improvements. Two top-15 finishes in a challenging weekend was a superb effort which left Glanvill optimistic heading into Snetterton. Unfortunately, a series of mechanical issues plagued the meeting, however Emily had the perfect opportunity to turn around her fortunes with a back-to-back weekend on the horizon. A pair of top-20 finishes at Rockingham was followed by an action-packed weekend at Donington where Emily showed her prowess in the early stages of both races, collecting a best result of 16th coming in race two.
Brands Hatch hosted the sixth round of the Junior Saloon Car Championship and gave way to changeable conditions throughout the weekend with Emily regularly testing the limits of her Citroen Saxo. Two solid finishes on the Indy circuit gave Glanvill a boost heading into Croft where she secured her best qualifying effort to date, 13th place on the grid. Emily’s pace was continued into the races where she enjoyed a spell running inside the top-10, before coming away from the Yorkshire track with two top-17 finishes.
Expectations were high for Emily heading into her home race at Knockhill where she was aiming to move herself up the grid, in addition to racing in front of her family and friends. Unfortunately a spectacular crash, captured by the picture below, put an end to Glanvill’s weekend before it had truly begun. Although Emily’s spirits were dampened by watching from the side-lines, she was more determined than ever to fight back in the final round of the season at Silverstone. With changeable conditions throughout the weekend, Emily’s task was always going to be tough but she ended the year with an excellent 16th position in the final race of the year despite a bumper-grid.
Emily’s enthusiasm and professionalism is second to none which would make her the perfect driver for any company to sponsor, if you would like to get involved check out her sponsorship booklet here http://media.wix.com/ugd/da1173_754c52ee7a0f45bfb47ac54fc0f95cb7.pdf. Even competing in rallycross during the off-season, Emily has demonstrated her adaptability and has undoubted talent behind the wheel. Securing the budget to compete in the Celtic Speed MINI Cooper Cup will be Glanvill’s objective for the winter and with her continued hard work and dedication there are no doubts she will be able to make a smooth transition into senior circuit racing.
You can keep up to date with Emily’s progress using the social media links below:
Website – www.eglanvill999.wix.com/emilyracing
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