Grant will help Ashington teenager Stuart fulfil driving ambition

Stuart Middleton.

Stuart Middleton.

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Budding motorsport star Stuart Middleton has been given a cash boost to help him fulfil his driving ambition.

Stuart, of West Pastures, Ashington, is on the road to becoming Wansbeck’s answer to Lewis Hamilton or Jenson Button, and evidence of this can be seen by the vast array of cups and trophies he has already amassed during his racing career.

The 16-year-old recently concluded his first season in car racing in the high-profile 2015 Ginetta Junior Championship, covered at a national level by ITV4.

Stuart achieved three podium finishes in his maiden season, putting him in seventh overall position and seeing him named as rookie cup vice-champion.

Stuart then competed in the four-round Ginetta Junior Winter Championship in November. He totally dominated the series, taking three wins out of the four-race series and securing his first championship title at the age of 16.

His ambition is to return to the 2016 Ginetta Junior Championship, a key support category in the UK’s British Touring Car Championship, and attempt to mount a challenge for the title of Douglas Motorsport Champion.

To help him in that bid, he has been given a handout by Ashington Leisure Partnership’s John Talbot development awards scheme.

Partnership vice-chairman Colin Redpath said: “We wish Stuart well for the forthcoming season.”

Details and application forms for the scheme can be obtained by logging onto www.ashingtonleisurepartnership.org.uk

Further information on Stuart’s progress can be found at stuartmiddletonracing.co.uk