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A winning Formula from devon

PUBLISHED: 15:46 17 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:10 20 February 2013

A winning Formula from devon

A winning Formula from devon

Winner of the 2009 Formula Renault UK Championship Graduate Cup and tipped to win the overall title this season, Exeter-based Harry Tincknell is a Devon-born racing driver to watch, writes Melissa Wicks

Harrys commitment has paid off: in 2009, his debut season in single-seater race cars, he secured the highly prestigious Formula Renault UK Championship Graduate Cup, a title for rookie drivers. This year he will compete once again in Formula Renault UK, driving for CRS Racing, with the aim of clinching the overall title.



My racing career is coming on in leaps and bounds, said an enthusiastic Harry. We did really well last year and this year Im confident that well be up at the front of the field claiming the points. The title has been won by former Formula One Champion Lewis Hamilton, so, fingers crossed, I will be following closely in his footsteps.



Harrys positive attitude and outstanding pace have already secured him four podium finishes from five races so far this season, including a win at Rockingham in Northamptonshire. On top of that he recently drove an outstanding race in wet conditions at Brands Hatch in Kent, rising through the field from 17th on the grid to finish sixth.



As he continues to progress through the ranks, outside support will become even more important. Away from the track, Exeter-based nutritionist and fitness coach Leonie Roques ensures that hes in top condition when he gets into a race car.



Being careful about what you eat is something that comes with the territory of being a top racing driver, commented Harry. Im getting to the important stage where every second counts, so Im increasing my fitness, strength and endurance to make sure Im the best that I can be when I compete.



But lifes not all about racing. Harry is a keen golfer and likes nothing better than hanging out with his mates while watching the Exeter Chiefs play rugby, or even a visit to Carluccios for a quiet Italian meal.



This level-headed young driver is one to watch. Somerset already has a Formula One World Champion in Jenson Button; could Harry Tincknell be the one who flies the flag for Devon? Everything so far suggests that he will be.


Harry achieved 10 GCSEs at Exeter School six As and four Bs before taking the plunge and concentrating on his racing. You only really get one shot at a racing career, he explained. I know that if Id tried to continue studying and racing I would not have been able to give it my all and make a success of either fully. Right now I think its time for me to concentrate on racing, and then perhaps go to college and university in the future.



Harrys commitment has paid off: in 2009, his debut season in single-seater race cars, he secured the highly prestigious Formula Renault UK Championship Graduate Cup, a title for rookie drivers. This year he will compete once again in Formula Renault UK, driving for CRS Racing, with the aim of clinching the overall title.



My racing career is coming on in leaps and bounds, said an enthusiastic Harry. We did really well last year and this year Im confident that well be up at the front of the field claiming the points. The title has been won by former Formula One Champion Lewis Hamilton, so, fingers crossed, I will be following closely in his footsteps.



Harrys positive attitude and outstanding pace have already secured him four podium finishes from five races so far this season, including a win at Rockingham in Northamptonshire. On top of that he recently drove an outstanding race in wet conditions at Brands Hatch in Kent, rising through the field from 17th on the grid to finish sixth.



As he continues to progress through the ranks, outside support will become even more important. Away from the track, Exeter-based nutritionist and fitness coach Leonie Roques ensures that hes in top condition when he gets into a race car.



Being careful about what you eat is something that comes with the territory of being a top racing driver, commented Harry. Im getting to the important stage where every second counts, so Im increasing my fitness, strength and endurance to make sure Im the best that I can be when I compete.



But lifes not all about racing. Harry is a keen golfer and likes nothing better than hanging out with his mates while watching the Exeter Chiefs play rugby, or even a visit to Carluccios for a quiet Italian meal.



This level-headed young driver is one to watch. Somerset already has a Formula One World Champion in Jenson Button; could Harry Tincknell be the one who flies the flag for Devon? Everything so far suggests that he will be.


Last year Harry Tincknell won the prestigious Graduate Cup and has been tipped by Autosport (the UKs leading motorsport magazine) to win the overall title this season. This has previously been won by former Formula One World Champions Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen, so hes a driver who has caught the attention of many people within the industry. He has also been picked by the UKs motorsport governing body (MSA) as one of the top 10 most promising young drivers in the country, and is thought to be a future British racing champion.



At just 18, Harry is already making an impact in the motorsport world. He is one of six promising young circuit drivers selected by the Motor Sports Association (MSA), the UKs governing body, to take part in its elite driver development scheme, MSA Team UK. So who helped this youngster on his way to becoming a future British racing champion?



Born in Exeter in 1991, it wasnt long before Harry was behind the wheel. I went on holiday to Spain with my parents when I was seven, and right next to the hotel was a go-kart track, said Harry. My Dad and I spent all day there and I was hooked. For my eighth birthday my parents gave me a go-kart and thats when the racing bug really bit.



I started going to Dunkeswell Kart Club in Honiton and Clay Pigeon Kart Club in Dorchester every other weekend to practise and compete. Unfortunately I had a big accident at Dunkeswell and slipped a disc in my back; it put me out of the kart for a couple of weeks, but luckily there was no lasting damage. As soon as I was better I was raring to get out there again.



During his early karting years Harry attended St Johns School in Sidmouth, before joining Exeter School at the age of 12. It began getting a bit tougher to balance school and racing, admitted Harry. I was starting to race across Europe, Japan and America and needed to take time off school. But I had a fantastic housemaster, John Poustie, who really helped me.



John would speak to my other teachers and make sure that I had all the notes and assignments that I needed. He was involved in sports so really understood where I was coming from, which was a great asset to someone just finding their way and having to cope with GCSEs at the same time.



During this time Harry also received help from Tim Reece, a sports psychologist at Exeter University, who helped him progress through the use of visualisation techniques, strengthening his qualifying performance and building a routine that will help him throughout his racing career to perform at his best, even under enormous pressure.



Harry achieved 10 GCSEs at Exeter School six As and four Bs before taking the plunge and concentrating on his racing. You only really get one shot at a racing career, he explained. I know that if Id tried to continue studying and racing I would not have been able to give it my all and make a success of either fully. Right now I think its time for me to concentrate on racing, and then perhaps go to college and university in the future.


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