Mel­rose moves closer to dream

West Lothian Courier - - Sports -

Bath­gate racer Seb Mel­rose has taken the first step on his dream to the Indy Se­ries.

The 19-year-old For­mula Ford driver was re­cently crowned Cham­pion of Brands and will now go for­ward to a shootout at the iZone at Sil­ver­stone.

Should he be suc­cess­ful there, he will punch his ticket for the Mazda Road to Indy shootout in Phoenix, Ari­zona.

Seb, who is the god­son of fel­low Bath­gate racer and four-time IndyCar se­ries cham­pion and three-time Indy 500 win­ner Dario Fran­chitti, said he was ec­static at the re­sult, es­pe­cially given his short prepa­ra­tion time.

He com­mented:“I only learned I was rac­ing on Fri­day morn­ing but by Fri­day af­ter­noon I was on my way to Brands Hatch.

“I qual­i­fied pole on Satur­day morn­ing and held on to win the race with the fastest lap and was crowned Cham­pion of Brands.”

He added:“I am so ex­cited – get­ting to Indy would be my dream come true to fol­low in my god­fa­ther’s foot­steps.”

The race was part of the For­mula Ford Fes­ti­val and Seb went on to take an im­pres­sive third place podium in the sec­ond race.

The shootout at the iZone will in­clude rac­ing, fit­ness tests and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.

It marks the lat­est achieve­ment in what has been an im­pres­sive year for the young­ster.

The Gra­ham Brun­ton Rac­ing team mem­ber fought his way to his first Scot­tish cham­pi­onship vic­tory at Knock­hill in June and has since gone from strength to strength through­out the sea­son.

Amer­i­can dream Seb Mel­rose

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