Talented young driver Emily Glanvill is on course to make her debut in the Scottish Mini Cooper Cup at Knockhill this weekend. The former Junior Saloon Car Championship Scholarship winner has been testing during the start of the season due to budget restrictions, but Emily is keen to make her senior racing debut in one of the most competitive single-make championships in the country. A busy schedule awaits Glanvill who will take part in three races across the course of the weekend as she aims for a positive start to the season, with top-10 results a realistic possibility.
Being out of the seat for so long has made Emily even more eager to enjoy her first weekend in the series. Speaking of her delight ahead of her debut, Glanvill commented “I can’t wait to get back out racing in July! Although I had hoped to take part in the previous Mini Cooper Cup race meetings in 2017, I feel that having taken the time to test in the car properly, I will be going into my first meeting feeling well prepared. I have adjusted to the feel of my new race car over the last few months and am really happy with how it is handling”. Testing has formed a crucial part of Emily’s preparations with all but one of the rounds of the Scottish Mini Cooper Cup taking place at Knockhill, Glanvill’s home circuit. Conditions have varied with each and every session which Emily has participated in so far, however she is confident of making progress during her debut weekend.
This year marks Emily’s second season of circuit racing after competing in the Junior Saloon Car Championship during 2016. Glanvill’s charismatic personality, combined with her talent behind the wheel, earned her the scholarship award and a funded drive where she was given the chance to race in one of the most competitive junior series in the country. Throughout the season, Emily made significant progress with her race starts a strong point in particular, regularly gaining multiple positions on the opening laps of races. The young driver will be aiming to transfer what she learnt into the Scottish Mini Cooper Cup where she will be battling experienced competitors in an established single-make championship.
Emily has worked tirelessly over the past year to secure the funds necessary to race, a challenging task but one she found equally rewarding as she forms partnerships with local and national companies who are looking to get involved in motorsport. Speaking of the quest for sponsorship, Glanvill said, “Gathering the budget to fund my racing career in 2017 has undoubtedly been my biggest challenge to date. That being said, it has only made me even more grateful for the support I continue to receive from my current sponsors – Rentec Autocare, Super 23, Walero Baselayers, Ian J Brown and Company, BlackBox, 1st Glass and Harper Performance. I am very proud to be surrounded by such a strong and passionate team of people this season.” Sponsors are a crucial part of any driver’s outfit, ranging from purely financial help, to services which they can provide that benefit both parties in the long term. Emily has been pro-active when searching for sponsors and this has ensured she is in the best possible position as she takes to the track for her debut race with a supportive team behind her. Nonetheless, Emily is still searching for sponsors to give her the best to complete the season, you can view Emily’s sponsorship proposal here http://media.wix.com/ugd/da1173_754c52ee7a0f45bfb47ac54fc0f95cb7.pdf.
Ahead of the race weekend, Emily has kept up her preparations and is upbeat about her chances this weekend. Giving an overview of chances, Glanvill commented, “I’m sure that having time to experiment in testing, both with the mechanical aspects of the car (thanks to Minimax and Rentec Autocare) and with various driving techniques, will prove to be very valuable come July 2nd. Thanks to my sponsors Harper Performance, I am also feeling physically ready to conquer this new challenge. With their support and guidance, I have been working hard in the gym and am making changes to my diet to ensure that my body is in the best place to perform on raceday”. Emily’s debut meeting in the Scottish Mini Cooper Cup will take place at Knockhill this weekend, with a qualifying session followed by three races where she will aim to make consistent progress and move up through the order.
Emily would like to thank Walero, Rentec Autocare, Super 23, Ian J Brown and Company, BlackBox, 1st Glass and Harper Performance for their continued support and looks forward to a successful debut weekend.
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