Ed claims F1 scalp be­fore pass­ing his test

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@peterboroughtoday.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB 01733 588734

A speedy racer has proved he is on the right track af­ter beat­ing a for­mer For­mula One driver - be­fore he has even passed his driv­ing test.

Teenager Ed Thurston, from Mar­ket Deep­ing, picked up a sec­ond place at the pres­ti­gious Sil­ver­stone Clas­sic Fes­ti­val this month, pick­ing up the scalp of TV pre­sen­ter and racing driver Tiff Needell. Tiff com­peted in the Bel­gium Grand Prix in 1980.

The pair were racing in a cel­e­bra­tion of For­mula Ford - a ju­nior racing cat­e­gory which has seen driv­ers in­clud­ing Ayr­ton Senna and Jen­son But­ton claim cham­pi­onships in the past

Ed, aged just 17, races his­toric cars, and said: “I was in­vited to take part in the Sil­ver­stone fes­ti­val for the 50 years of For­mula Ford race.

“I drive a 1971 For­mula Ford, and I qual­i­fied 6th out of 54. I got up to third early on, hadaspin,and­droppedtofifth - but fought back up to sec­ond. “Tiff was re­ally nice. It was his fea­ture race as well.”

Ed, who along with racing works as a sports teacher and wind­surf in­struc­tor, picked up the racing bug aged nine, when he started in his­toric kart­ing.

He said: “We never had the bud­get to go mod­ern racing, and did this in­stead. I got through some cata­tonies, and have an in­ter­na­tional racing li­cence now.

“I haven’t got my driv­ing li­cence yet as its too ex­pen­sive to do that and race.

“I would love to be­come a pro­fes­sional his­toric racer, and get paid to race at Good­wood - that is my dream.

“At the mo­ment I race ev­ery two or three weeks dur­ing the sea­son.”

Ed is look­ing for spon­sors to help fund his racing. Any­one in­ter­ested should email ed­ward.thurston@out­look. com

Ed on the podium and in the car (car pic­ture: JEP Pho­tog­ra­phy)

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