TOP TOURING CAR SQUAD BTC RACING LAUNCHES ‘YOUNG DRIVER PROGRAMME’

  • Multiple race winning BTCC team establishes driver development academy 

  • Exciting MINI Challenge racer Lydia Walmsley first to join new programme 

  • BTC Racing underscores commitment to support UK’s best young talent

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Lydia Walmsley

Lydia

LYDIA WALMSLEY

Mini Challenge UK JCW Driver for

BTC RACING

Lydia Walmsley is 19 years old from Ipswich and an aspiring Racing Driver. Having started karting at 7 years old, her passion for motorsport grew. Quickly progressing through the ranks, she picked up may trophies along the way - notably winning back to back karting championships in two different classes (Minimax and Junior Rotax) in 2015 and 2016 respectively. 

At the age of 14, she began racing on the circuits in the Junior Saloon Car Championship before progressing into senior racing in the Mini Challenge Cooper class where she picked up podiums and race wins, all shaping the driver she is today.

2021

2021 was an exciting year for Lydia with it being her debut season in the Mini Challenge UK JCW Championship competing in a 275bhp JCW car. 

With all 7 weekends broadcast live on ITV4, it was without a doubt the biggest platform she has competed on so far.

BTCC race winning Team BTC Racing have also appointed Lydia as their first to join their Young Driver Programme. It was her first season with the team.

And Beyond...

Lydia has ambitions of becoming a professional racing driver in the future. Her main goal is to race competitively in the British Touring Car Championship, arguably the pinnacle of British Motorsport.

She is also a newly qualified ARDS Instructor and hopes to become involved in the media industry within motorsport.