HAIRMYRES racing prodigy Gregor Ramsay received an unexpected funding boost this week – from Europe’s biggest lottery winners, Chris and Colin Weir.
The Largs couple won an earth-shattering £161 million on the Euro-millions draw in July last year and they have now joined billionaire Jim McColl, of Clyde Blowers, as co-sponsors of the racing sensation.
The Weirs decided to support the 15-year-old in his first season racing in the European and Italian F3 Abarth Championships after learning that he was looking for the balance of sponsorship money needed for 2012/13.
The sponsorship details have not been disclosed, but explaining why they decided to fund Gregor, Chris Weir said: “Gregor is an exceptionally gifted driver and to have achieved what he has by the age of 15 is astonishing.
“He has been well-supported by family, friends and Clyde Blowers for a number of years but when we heard he needed additional financial support, we were only too happy to step forward.
“Gregor is already world class. As the youngest driver in F3 Abarth, he is racing against the best 18 and 19-year-olds in the world.
“With the prospect of attending Ferrari’s Driver Academy, he has an amazing future ahead of him and, as F1 fans, we will be watching his progress with close interest.
“We are very pleased and proud to be in a position to provide this sponsorship for him.”
Gregor is currently racing with top Swiss team Jenzer but is being mentored by Ferrari, who have scouted him to join their Driver Academy when a place becomes available.
Ferrari has six drivers in the Academy at any time, including two F1 drivers, and the team provides an engineer to support Gregor when he races.
And young Gregor welcomed the funding boost as he looks ahead to the rest of the season.
He added: “I am so grateful to Chris and Colin for giving me the balance of sponsorship money I needed for this season.
“It means I can focus on my driving without worrying about raising any more money.
“I can’t thank them enough and it’s great to have them on my team.”
Gregor is currently second in the European Rookie Championship after the first round in Valencia earlier this month.
He is at the Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary, for round two of the Championships this week and will compete in three races with the European F3, which is a support race to the WTCC (World Touring Car Championship).