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Teenager on track to make his dreams of becoming a racing driver a reality

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A teenager from Lincolnshire is on track to make his dreams of becoming a full-time professional historic racing driver a reality.

Ed Thurston from Stamford has shunned the more modern cars in favour of an old British classic, made in Essex, the Merlyn.

To me I see them as more of a challenge, you've got a proper gearbox and usually a h pattern instead of a flappy paddle, so it a really makes a driver work you haven't got any traction control or abs or that kind of thing so you are at one with the car without any electronics.

– Ed Thurston
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He's been racing since he was 9, when he took up karting and got his first historic car when he was 13. From there he was hooked.

He's already a proven winner. Most recently storming to victory in a historic car meet at Silverstone.