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Rookie teenage race leader Will Orton makes his Brands Hatch debut in Mini Challenge Cup

By Fred Warner

Teenage racing driver Will Orton is set for the legendary Brands Hatch circuit for the second round of the 2023 JCW Mini Challenge Cup.

The race – a demanding support for the prestigious British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) – is known for highlighting some of Britain’s most promising racing talents.

Orton, from Flintham, Nottinghamshire, currently leads the championship in his Hybrid Tune mini.


His instant impact in his first race caught the eye of commentators, sponsors, and the opposition drivers.

Will, a student at Loughborough, secured rookie podiums on his first two races plus winning the third after starting from pole.

His achievements have placed him firmly in the spotlight as a rising star in the world of motorsport.

Brands Hatch – with its fast corners, elevation changes, and technical sections – is a renowned British circuit with a rich history of racing.

The circuit will test a driver’s abilities and provide a thrilling spectacle for fans and fellow competitors alike.

Will said: “I’m really looking forward to Brands Hatch.

“With the track being so short on the Indy layout, as a driver it really pushes you to push for the last thousandths of a second.

“It’s a huge game of risk and reward and that’s why I really like going there.”

His challenge is to maintain the momentum he built at Donington Park and prove he can consistently perform at the highest level.

The pressure is on Orton to deliver a strong performance and solidify his status as a force to be reckoned with in the JCW Mini Challenge Cup.

Orton’s success so far has not only been a testament to his innate talent and dedication to the sport, but also the unwavering support of his family.

His parents, Liz and Pete, who have been by his side throughout his 15-year racing journey, will undoubtedly be feeling the excitement and tension as their son takes on Brands Hatch circuit.

To see Will’s amazing race weekend summary at Donington on 22-23 April, view his video here.




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