Oct 24 2012 By Paul Thomson
Teenage racing star Gregor Ramsay’s stock continues to rise after he was snapped up by ex-international racing ace Vincenzo Sospiri to contest the Formula Renault ALPS Championship in 2013.
Teenage racing star Gregor Ramsays stock continues to rise after he was snapped up by ex-international racing ace Vincenzo Sospiri to contest the Formula Renault ALPS Championship in 2013.
The Ferrari protg, from Hairmyres, was signed by Sospiri after Ramsay claimed a race win at Vallelunga and a podium finish at Imola in his rookie Formula Abarth season this year.
Just 15-years-old when the season started, he finished a highly creditable eighth in the European Series.
And now he will drive for Sospiris Euronova Racing team as it re-enters the Formula Renault category.
It comes after two tests, at Varano and Imola, in one of Euronovas Formula Abarth machines, in which Gregor created a very favourable impression alongside the teams newly-crowned Abarth champion, Brazilian Nicolas Costa.
And young Ramsay cant wait for next year to arrive. He beamed: Im very proud to be part of Euronova Racing. I had my first tests last week and they went really well.
The Renault ALPS Championship is very competitive and we will be doing the hard preparation over the winter to ensure we are ready.
Formula Renault attracts many of racings brightest young stars, competing at prestige Grand Prix circuits such as Monza in Italy, Spa in Belgium and Barcelona in Spain, as well as events in Austria and France.
And Sospiri whose CV includes Formula 1, Indycar and Le Mans 24 Hour experiences believes he has a star in the making on his team.
He added: We are all looking forward to the new challenge and to already have Gregor on board is a great start. So far he has been very impressive during testing. He hit all his targets regarding fast lap times and consistency, which is very important.
I believe that Gregor and I will work together very well and he will develop into an excellent racer.
I have no doubt that he has the potential to be the next British motorsport star.
Ramsay, who is backed by Clyde Blowers as well as Europes biggest-ever lottery winners Colin and Chris Weir, will now head off to the Ferrari Driver Academy, overseen by former F1 team chief Luca Baldisserri.
Testing will continue with Euronova until mid-December, and he will move to the Sospiri family home in Italy, where he will continue his education and learn to speak fluent Italian and German.