Double Delight for Hand

It was a double celebration for Crawley teenager Charlie Hand at the recent BARC Motorsport Awards night.

Joining all the other race series for a Champion of Champions night, Hand was in attendance to collect his title winning Trophy as Junior Saloon Car Champion.

After receiving his trophy there was unexpected honour too, as the BARC have annual awards that are presented to drivers, marshals, officials etc for going that extra mile beyond duty or showing an exceptional talent.

It was the latter category that earned Hand the Peter Collins Memorial Trophy, for the most promising newcomer.

“It was such an unexpected thing to win such a prestigious award with so many other talented drivers to choose from,” he said.

So his time in the Junior Saloon Car Championship has come to an end and the next step into adult racing is beckoning.

“I knew last season was going to be tough and a very competitive year. But it turned out to be such an amazing season, with such support from Westbourne Racing and my family in particular. It just all came together,” he added.

So what’s new for Charlie this year? “I am staying with Westbourne, but moving into the Renault Clio class of the Britcar Trophy. It will be a new experience and I love a challenge,” he concluded.

He doesn’t have long to wait to try his new car in anger, as he makes his Britcar Trophy debut at Silverstone on Sunday.

Published by Peter Scherer for Charlie Hand Racing, March 7th 2022