The UK’s youngest Lotus racing champion has helped raise awareness for a fundraiser in aid of Addenbrooke’s hospital by rattling off a series of stunning performances in a two-person endurance race at Snetterton racetrack.

Will Stacey, 17, from Witham, put in an incredible performance alongside teammate Sam Thomlinson in the sixth-round race of the National Dunlop Britcar Endurance Championship.

The pair clinched a third-place finish in Race One and an incredible first-in-class win in Race Two, switching in and out of the driving seat between stints.

Will said: “My lap times were consistently the best in class throughout the races and Sam more than held his own.

“We came out on top in the moments that really counted, in particular the first lap battle of Race Two.”

The racers comfortably controlled the track in their Ginetta G55 Supercup car, emblazoned with its special 101 numbering, which Sam explained was a nod to the fundraising that he and wife Samantha pursue.

He said: ‘’Molly our daughter was born at Addenbrooke’s on December 28 and was soon diagnosed with a very rare gene abnormality called CHOPS syndrome.

“We were told she was the fourth recorded person in the world to have this.

“After two weeks at Great Ormond Street for a heart operation and 101 days – hence the race number 101 – in the neonatal intensive care unit, Molly came home on oxygen.

“After 12 days, Molly sadly passed away at home surrounded by all our friends and family.”

Since then, Simon, Samantha and their four-year-old son Alfie have set up a JustGiving page in aid of a race later in the year.

So far, they have raised over £16,425 and they hope that Simon’s races, aided by Will’s prodigal performances, will continue to raise awareness for the campaign.

Sam added: ‘’The team, Rob Boston Racing has been brilliant all weekend and Will drove incredibly well, so it was just the perfect weekend.”

During the main event, the hour-long Race One finished tightly with a tyre-worn Porsche pipping Sam and Will’s Ginetta to the line for third.

However, Race Two started just as planned, with Will securing a 30-second lead in his first stint on a damp track.

With half an hour left, Sam widened the gap further to finish the race with an incredible first-in-class position and an outright fourth.

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