Scot­tish teenager lands place on Euro NASCAR grid de­spite hav­ing no car rac­ing ex­pe­ri­ence

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A Scot­tish teenager has se­cured a place on the Euro NASCAR grid next sea­son af­ter im­press­ing in a test in France ear­lier this month.

Ben Cre­anor, who is just 15 years old but will turn 16 be­fore the start of the sea­son, im­pressed se­ries or­gan­is­ers and se­cured a place on the cat­e­gory’s driver re­cruit­ment pro­gramme de­spite hav­ing never raced a car be­fore.

Cre­anor has com­peted in karts and Min­is­tox in Scot­land, as well as tak­ing part in Es­ports and a Ginetta Ju­nior schol­ar­ship day be­fore his test at the Fon­te­nay-leComte cir­cuit ear­lier this month.

Af­ter im­press­ing on the day, he has se­cured a place on the grid next sea­son, re­ceiv­ing sup­port from the se­ries – in­clud­ing with part of the bud­get for the year, help with pre-sea­son test­ing and sort­ing a car, team and me­chanic.

“I saw an ad­vert for it on Face­book and thought I may as well ap­ply for it,” Cre­anor said. “What’s the worst that could hap­pen? They got back to me and said they were in­ter­ested – that was quite ex­cit­ing.

“It [the car] was dif­fer­ent – ev­ery­one de­scribed it as like a go-kart. It turned where you wanted it to turn. The brakes were un­be­liev­ably strong and un­be­liev­ably un­sta­ble. You ex­pect it to be big very and un­der­steer­ing but it wasn’t, it was like driv­ing with a whole heap of down­force. It drove un­be­liev­ably and I’d drive that thing ev­ery day if I could!

“I think I im­pressed my­self a lot as well! It’s start­ing to hit now that I’m go­ing to race a NASCAR. It’s quite sur­real, es­pe­cially as I’m only 15 now.”

Cre­anor fol­lows in the foot­steps of fel­low Bri­ton Alex Sedg­wick, who was part of the pro­gramme this year and the for­mer Clio and Ginetta Ju­nior driver fin­ished 12th in the stand­ings.

The sea­son be­gins at Va­len­cia in Spain on April 13 and fea­tures as part of pop­u­lar Amer­i­can Fest at Brands Hatch.

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