13 Jan 2021

Trennon Bettany (Lower Sixth, Grafton) has just finished his maiden year racing in the Ginetta G40 Junior series, which forms part of the British Touring Car Championship. It’s Trennon’s dream to one day race in the Le Mans 24-hour drive and he is already on the highlycompetitive path towards either Formula One, World Endurance Championship or British Touring Car Championship. How did you start racing? My parents bought me a kart for my sixth birthday and by the age of nine, I was representing South Africa in the Rok International Finals held at Lake Garda in Italy. I was racing four years above my age. Tell us about the Ginetta G40 Junior Series. The races take place at iconic circuits including Silverstone and Brands Hatch competing nose to tail at speeds of up to 110mph! It’s featured live on ITV 2 and 4 with an audience of 90 million viewers worldwide. How did you get on? Having spent lockdown at home in South Africa I started the series from behind, with the disadvantage of zero testing, compared to everyone else. Sometimes my first sight of a new track was on the race weekend itself. It was a huge learning curve, but I managed to progress steadily forwards through the season, finishing 10th as my best, and running as high as 5th in one of my races, so I am extremely proud of my achievements in my rookie season. I am known for daring driving and my exciting overtaking moves. Why compete in the Ginetta G40 Junior Series? If I can achieve top 10 in the 2021 series I will be well on the way to my dream. I have also learnt a great deal this year, through attending TV interviews and doing social media, studying technical data with my driver coaches, working with my mechanics and from just being part of such a major event. What’s next? My family have always been a great support but it is very much their philosophy that I make it on my own. Therefore, I am looking for co-sponsors for next season and have prepared a document on sponsorship opportunities along with my PR team, in the hope that Stowe parents or their businesses would be interested in supporting me. I carried the Stowe logo on my car this year and the School got a mention many times by the TV commentators, who I speak to after every race.