Formula 4

Emily Linscott receives PMH Powering Diversity Scholarship

Credit: Pippa Mann

Racing Driver, Emily Linscott, from Basildon, Essex, (UK) has been awarded with the first entry scholarship in the PMH Powering Diversity Programme in America for the 2021 season. Linscott was awarded the scholarship, which includes entry fees to all six 2021 race weekends, that’s 18 races in all, plus all official promoter test days throughout the season.

Linscott, who was originally identified by seven-time Indianapolis 500 starter Pippa Mann as a budding single-seater talent, will join the only female-owned F4 U.S. Championship team in the paddock, Kiwi Motorsport.

“I’m so grateful to Tony Parella of Parella Motorsport Holdings for awarding me the PMH Powering Diversity Scholarship this year,” said Linscott. “We have been speaking to Teena Larsen (Kiwi Motorsport co-owner) about racing with Kiwi Motorsport in the F4 U.S. Championship Powered by Honda for a couple of years now, but I’ve never managed to raise enough budget to do it. The scholarship has really helped me secure the drive with Kiwi Motorsport, so I aim to make the best use of it when I’m on and off the track to repay his and Kiwi Motorsport’s faith in me as being a positive role model for diversity in motorsport representative.” 

The scholarship has really helped me secure the drive with Kiwi Motorsport

Linscott will make her F4 season debut under the full Kiwi Motorsport banner, wheeling her signature Honda-powered No. 99 Ligier JS F4. As the most successful team in the F4 paddock, Crosslink/Kiwi Motorsport has amassed three consecutive team titles and the driver championship in 2019. Crosslink/Kiwi squad remains the only team in F4 U.S. history to sweep a podium and has done so three years running.

 “After meeting the team in person, we immediately clicked; they’re such great people and they’ve made me feel at home ever since, so it was an obvious choice where I would go this season if our budget came together,” Linscott explained. “I’m so excited about racing in the F4 U.S. with them as they are a top team and the championship itself boasts the largest F4 grids on the planet. The huge depth of talent makes for some very close and hard-fought racing, which I’m totally ready to get into as soon as I can. I’m confident as a team we will be fighting for some good results.”

 

Credit: Faith Blackwell Photography

“It is very special to me to have Emily onboard as Kiwi Motorsport’s first Lady driver,” said Larsen, former F2000 driver and daughter of respected Indy Lights mechanic Mo Larsen. “I am excited to live vicariously through Emily as she aims for the top.  I was her age when I was racing open wheel in Canada and the USA, and I know what it’s like. With the support surrounding her I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of it.  A team to go to, sponsors on board, an organization promoting her, IndyCar driver, Pippa Mann as a coach….she is a dream come true. As a woman in motorsports it makes me so proud to see Emily have the passion and dedication to be doing what she loves. I can’t wait to see her excel this year and beyond.”

Linscott started her racing career in karts …

Linscott started her racing career in karts, claiming her first title in the BMKC Junior Championship in 2016. She is the only female to earn a title within this championship.

Moving into the Ginetta Junior Championship in 2018, Linscott earned 10th overall in the rookie standings. That same year, Linscott entered the F4 SEA Championship tripleheader in Malaysia, finishing the event with two top-10 results.

Due to lack of budget, Linscott focused on race craft development and fundraising in 2019. Continuing to trailblaze across the Atlantic, Lucas Oil School of Racing awarded Linscott its Pippa Mann Scholarship to train with the IndyCar Series driver at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, where she set the new track record.

Impressed by Linscott’s performance after mentoring her, Mann continued coaching the 18 year old in the Lucas Oil Formula Car Race Series in 2020. Missing the first three rounds due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, Linscott quickly rose to the top of the standings, becoming the first female to finish on the podium in the series. In addition, she also set another new lap record at NJMP, to go with her still unbeaten lap record at NCM in Kentucky from 2019, fastest laps and pole positions during her season in America.

Credit: Pippa Mann

Linscott’s prowess on and off the track landed her a spot as a Shift Up Now Athlete, an initiative launched by Mann and other female racers who are committed to driving change in motorsports by working together, and by giving back to its community of members.

Mann will continue to coach Linscott through her transition into F4 U.S.

“Taking a step back from being Emily’s coach, as one of the management team of Shift Up Now, I’m proud to see our Athletes being recognized,” Mann said. “I first met Emily at Lucas Oil School of Racing. They ran a scholarship in my name to help talented female racers make the transition from karting, or in Emily’s case from Ginetta Junior, to open wheel cars. Emily was a stand-out candidate on paper, and so, despite the fact she lived in the UK, the Lucas Oil School of Racing awarded her with two free days of race car seat time, with coaching. Once myself and the other coaches saw Emily drive for the first time, I knew we had to help her come back.”

Credit: Kiwi Motorsport

“Two years later I’m proud to see her graduate to the F4 United States Championship Powered by Honda,” Mann continued. “We only have the budget for half a season at present, but with the scholarship from Parella Motorsports Holdings helping our cause, we’re hoping to find the financial support to help Emily extend her season.”

Linscott is the first of three PMH Powering Diversity Scholarship winners to be revealed. Earlier this week, PMH announced enhancements to its original PMH Powering Diversity program, adding a third award that covered season entry fees for the runner-up F4 U.S. PMH Powering Diversity Scholarship finalist. 

Linscott and the rest of the F4 U.S. field start their official season now at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta with the Atlanta SpeedTour March 26-28. For more information visit F4USChampionship.com.

 

Want to read more articles?
Maxine Wahome

Maxine Wahome

MotocrossMaxine WahomeThis time we talk to Maxine Wahome from Kenya about her experience racing alongside boys, her dream for the future, and her tips for girls and women just starting out.WHEEL SISTERS: Maxine, please introduce yourself. Maxine: My full name is...

Sara García

Sara García

Rally-raidSara GarcíaJust before she had to travel to the Dakar rally, we interviewed rally-raid rider Sara García from Spain. She gave us an insight into her impressive career – her recovery from serious injuries in 2018 and her expectations for the Dakar adventure....

Courtney Duncan

Courtney Duncan

MotocrossCourtney DuncanToday, we interviewed professional motocross racer Courtney Duncan from New Zealand, who gave us an insight into her impressive career – and her down-to-earth approach to success.WHEEL SISTERS: Courtney, please introduce yourself. Courtney:...

Kim Adlhart

Kim Adlhart

SupermotoKim AdlhartTriple Supermoto Junior Champion Kim Adlhart talks to us about dealing with setbacks, the importance of letting your body heal – and having fun.WHEEL SISTERS: Kim, please introduce yourself. Kim: My name is Kim Adlhart, I am 22 years old and I am...

Steffi Laier

Steffi Laier

Motocross Steffi LaierMultiple World Champion Steffi Laier has been racing since she was four years old. She talks about her experiences in America, Europe and Africa, about staying on top form without a fitness plan, and powering through injuries.WHEEL SISTERS:...

Zoë Beun

Zoë Beun

Sidecar racing Zoë Beun Meet Zoë Beun, a sidecar racing passenger with an eclectic mix of occupations: motorsports, chimney sweeping and interior design. She tells us all about the exciting sport of sidecar racing and her experience of being a motorsports fan in...

Celine Wolf

Celine Wolf

Motocross/Enduro Celine Wolf This former moto trial rider has now set her sights on enduro and motocross. Not one to avoid a challenge, Celine Wolf is also studying for a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. Read on to discover her motorsport heroes and her...

Shana van der Vlist

Shana van der Vlist

Motocross Shana van der Vlist Shana is from the Netherlands, riding a bike since she is nearly three years old and is dreaming about a house in America with her own racing track in the backyard. In the upcoming years, she is training for a place in the top 3 of the...

Natalia Micigolska

Natalia Micigolska

Motocross Natalia Micigolska The polish Cross Country Champion of 2018 looks back on races across the nation, struggles with her family and her dreams to conquer the podium in a mixed – class event. The versatile young woman found time to get in touch with us, here...