TWO future stars of MOTORSPORT met their hero recently. Lewis Appiagyei and team-mate Ruben Stanislaus met seven-time Formula 1 world champion Sir Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes headquarters in Brackley.
The talented youngsters were invited by the F1 team to meet their racing hero Hamilton after hearing about the duo’s racing exploits. They had VIP access to Mercedes’ state-of-the-art facilities.
Young racing sensations Appiagyei and Stanislaus caused a stir in their first Praga Cup race at the Donington Park circuit. The two 18-year-olds first faced each other at Buckmore Park in Kent when they were just six and seven years old respectively, taking their first karting lessons.
Fast forward 11 years, countless races, podiums, trophies galore and lap records and they come together again, this time not as track rivals battling for victory against each other, but as teammates competing against pro riders such as Ben Collins (TopGear’s original Stig) in the Praga Cup championship.
Having only done a few tests in the superb Praga R1 car at Silverstone, they attracted a lot of attention when they could more than keep up with the rest of the field at Donnington, which included some very experienced and professional drivers.
The young men have been planning their transition from go-karts to cars for some time, but financial constraints force them to find other ways to make a name for themselves and get noticed.
When the opportunity to have the story of their journey told in a BBC documentary presented itself, they grabbed it with both hands and have never looked back since. Filming started in the spring of this year and went very well.
With a buzz around them, they were able to land their first two sponsors who saw the potential in these rising stars.
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The Praga Championship is gaining momentum with an increasing number of drivers added to the roster for next year and the growing fan base. That makes it an even bigger challenge for both riders to secure a seat and funding for next season.
A spokesperson for the dynamic duo told the Voice of Sport: “Any brand or individual who has the foresight and vision to see their potential should not miss this opportunity to become a sponsor at this early stage.
“Both drivers are solely managed by their parents at this time, so any interested parties should contact Lewis and Ruben directly via their social media channels.