Teen speed king back on the road

A TEENAGE speed demon is back behind the wheel and reasserting himself as one of the top prospects in the country. Tom Dunstan, 17, from Hemingford Grey, is racing for Team GCR in the Ginetta G50 UK Championships. Team GCR has been created expressly to c

A TEENAGE speed demon is back behind the wheel and reasserting himself as one of the top prospects in the country.

Tom Dunstan, 17, from Hemingford Grey, is racing for Team GCR in the Ginetta G50 UK Championships.

Team GCR has been created expressly to cater for Tom, and team principle Robin Sherwood said: "Tom had such a frustrating year in 2007 - we were let down with sponsors, prospects and cars, so we were determined to put things right.

"We have pooled all our resources, set up our own team and we seem to be getting it right, straight out of the box."


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Tom currently stands third in the Ginetta Championships after the opening round at Oulton Park, in Cheshire.

Sherwood added: "The Ginetta G50 is an all-new series, supporting the rounds of the British GT and Formula 3 Championships at top tracks around the country.

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"As all the cars are identical, racing is close and furious, but Tom seems to be worrying a few people already.

"He is up against some of the most experienced drivers in the country, but is pushing them hard. At Cadwell Park last weekend, Tom had a spin on the first lap putting him at the back of the 18 strong field, but just 14 laps later as the chequered flag fell he had fought his way back up to eighth. And they say overtaking is near impossible at Cadwell.

"It was a fantastic demonstration of controlled driving," said Robin. "We're off to Knockhill in Scotland next weekend and we can go feeling really optimistic of a great result."

Tom desperately needs sponsors to be competitive for the rest of the season, and is willing to discuss any potential packages.

"The car is capable of being fitted with a second seat for example, so it could be used for the ultimate thrill ride," said Tom.

"Above all, though, the car has that wow factor that looks great in advertising and promotional material, but more importantly sponsorship does not cost fortunes. INFORMATION: To get involved in Tom's racing career, contact Keith on 07778 361460.

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