Opportunity of a lifetime for Sandy

A BRIGHT FUTURE: Letham karter Sandy Mitchell has been chosen for the Arden Young Racing Driver Academy.'Photography by Chris Walker

A BRIGHT FUTURE: Letham karter Sandy Mitchell has been chosen for the Arden Young Racing Driver Academy.'Photography by Chris Walker

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A YOUNG racing driver with a bright future ahead of him has been given a fantastic opportunity to progress with his career,

Sandy Mitchell, a 13-year-old karter from Letham, has been chosen for the recently launched Arden Young Racing Driver Academy (YRDA).

The YRDA is a partnership between The Business of Sport, top motorsport team Arden International and sports law firm 7 Legal. Arden International has strong connections to The Red Bull F1 Team as it was formed by Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner and his father Garry.

The only way to gain a place within the Arden YRDA is by being selected which is a fantastic compliment to Sandy’s driving, Steve Hutchinson director of The Business of Sport said: “The three key attributes that I look for in a driver are pace, race craft and temperament.

“All of the YRDA members possess these qualities in abundance.”

The youngsters braved the elements at Silverstone last Thursday for the launch of the academy where they also had their first glimpse of the new GP3 cars in action.

YRDA is the first of several academies to be launched by sports management and consultancy specialists, the Business of Sport, and will deliver a dedicated programme designed to maximise the young drivers’ on-track and off-track potential. It will also provide them with the necessary skills and support to help them make a successful transition from karting into single-seater racing.

By identifying the most promising young talent and providing opportunities for those drivers to develop the necessary range of skills, level of confidence and knowledge to fully prepare them to successfully compete at the highest level of motorsport, YRDA is providing a pathway that will hopefully enable more young British drivers to rise through the ranks and compete at the highest level of motorsport.

Garry Horner, Team Principal at Arden International, said: “Arden is pleased to support the next generation of young British drivers on their journey to the higher echelons of motorsport, hopefully progressing into the Arden team.”

Jamie Horner, CEO of The Business of Sport, said: “We are delighted to have launched the YRDA at Silverstone – the home of British motorsport.

“The Business of Sport, 7 Legal, Arden and their programme partners are excited to be working with these outstanding young drivers on their journey through karting and on to single-seater racing.”

Sandy is the only Scot chosen out of 11 young up and coming drivers from all across the UK. He said: “It’s a great opportunity and I’m really looking forward to working with Arden and the other partners involved.

“It will be exciting to see what this season brings and I hope it will help me advance in my motorsport career.”

Sandy started racing karts at the age of nine with The North of Scotland Kart Club at Golspie where he won the Honda Cadet Club Championship in his first year.

He then went on to win Scottish Championships in 2010 and 2011. In 2012, Sandy was runner up in the British Honda Cadet Super One Championship and won the British Honda Cadet Open Championship.

He would like to thank his sponsors Smartcomm and SGM Distribution for all of their support.