Ethan Hammerton Interview – “Knockhill has been the highlight of my JSCC season so far!”


Pembrey 23rd July 2017

“Knockhill has been the highlight of my JSCC season so far!”

We recently had a chat with Ethan Hammerton at Pembrey Circuit. Ethan currently holds second place in the Junior Saloon Car Championship table trailing behind leader Will Dyrdal by just 3 points. With just 2 more events to grace the 2018 calendar who will walk away with the title of “winner!”

Q: What is your competitive motorsport experience to date?

I started off karting, I did one year competitively and finished 4th in the championship in my first season then saw the race Saxo for sale and decided to go for it. This is my 2nd year in the JSCC.

Q: Why move from karts to cars?

I was getting too heavy for karting and it was either move up a class in karting or go big and do cars. I’ve always wanted to race cars so it felt right to move onto them at that time.

Q: What has been the lowest point in your motorsport career so far and how did you overcome this?

For some reason especially at the start of the season I always seem to struggle qualifying which makes it really hard work for the races but I usually manage to get through. Also being penalised at the last meeting but not finding out until this event was hard but I’m determined to do well and not let it get to me. 

Q: What has been the highest point in your motorsport career so far?

At Knockhill when I started 7th but managed to win the race and get fastest lap which was definitely the highlight of this season so far.

How do you manage to juggle study and racing commitments successfully?

I finished my GCSE’s recently and it has been hard work trying to fit in racing and car preparation around revision but hopefully I’ve managed to pull it off.

Q: Do you think there is any opportunity to improve junior motorsport in any way to encourage more junior racers?

If more of the races were televised it would help as sponsorship is key to junior racing and more TV coverage would help to encourage more support for young racers.

Q: What are your goals this season?

I’m going to win the JSCC 2018!!!

Q: Future plans? What are you long term goals in motorsport?

To race in the UK Clio Cup or JCW Minis and then move onto BTCC

Who is your Motorsport Role Model?

Max Coates in the UK Clio Cup he is very likeable, he seems to get on well with everyone, he’s fast and talented. He’s a great role model for young drivers.  


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