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27 May 2011
Anton Spires -aspiring race champion becomes AA DriveTech's young driver safety ambassador
18 year old Anton Spires from Buckingham, tipped to follow in the footsteps of World Motor Racing Champion Lewis Hamilton in the near future, will be leaving his race suit behind when he sets out on a series of road safety presentations to youngsters in schools and colleges to be held over the coming months.
“Having spent some time on work experience with the AA’s driver education arm, AA DriveTech, I got completely hooked on driving well and driving safely,” says Anton. “It might seem a bit of a conflict, wanting to promote driver safety to my age group one minute and then driving flat out at Silverstone the next, but it’s not. Driving at the top of your game, whether it’s on the road or on the track requires the right frame of mind, total concentration and high levels of skill.
“I want my peers to get it. Get what it takes to drive well and still have fun. Driving like a pro on the road doesn’t have to be boring. I got a real buzz from achieving the highest road driving qualification you can get. It can be hugely satisfying but also preserves your licence, and even your bank balance. You really can win on the road and on the track!”
Although many of Anton’s appearances are already planned, his management team are very willing to receive requests to speak from any organisation that represents young people, be it a school, college, club or social group of some sort. Enquiries in the first instance should be made to roadsafetyambassador@AAdrivetech.com
AA DriveTech has been so impressed with Anton’s commitment to spread the driver safety message to such a vulnerable road user group that it is partially funding his motor racing effort this year. This support helped achieve a successful debut in the first two rounds of the Dunlop Intersteps Championship at Silverstone driving a single-seater BMW-powered Mygale FB02. Subsequent to this Anton has now decided to move up into the BARC Renault Championship, which includes rounds at Croft [23rd / 24th July] and Thruxton [3rd /4th September], the latter being the UK’s fastest race track where Anton won the final round of the 2010 Young Guns series at an average speed of 105.22 mph.
Anton’s exploits, both on and off the track, can be followed on Twitter at @anton_JSpires