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A rising star in the workshop and on the race track

Article by: Hannah Gannon in General - 26 January

Fiennes Performance are fortunate to have a talented apprentice in our workshop who also happens to be the best driver of his age in the country, possibly even the world – and that’s no exaggeration.

Lewis Saunders has a history of not only being the youngest in class but also the best – consistently beating older peers. Always moving up in age groups before his time and staying ahead of the game.

Lewis was go-karting under the watchful eye and guidance of his father at 3 so when he was able to enter bambino competitions at 6 it was no surprise he won. Having outgrown that at 7 he was too young to take part in the next level Cadet Karting but able to test on the same track as 8-15 year olds and clearly demonstrated skill beyond his years and held his own.

At just 12 moved into Junior Mini racing and won the championship despite racing against 17 year olds. Just to prove that was no fluke he did it again at 13. His potential was further highlighted, and coming to more peoples’ attention, when, at 14, he beat the best lap time of a BTCC (British touring Car Championship) driver on a race simulator. 

Lewis’s next move was into full scale car racing in a Citroen Saxo supported by Ciceley Motor Sport competing in the prestigious JSCC (Junior Saloon Car Championship) series.

In his first season at 14 Lewis became the youngest ever winner of the championship. A slight blip the following year when runner up but, with a point to prove, he won the title again at 16 in 2020 to become the only ever two time winner. Given his age when achieving these victories these records may never be equalled. 

Having someone who understands racing and what performance means is a fantastic asset to our company and a benefit to our customers.

Everyone who knows Lewis is watching with great interest to see what his next racing step will be.