LIFE in the fast lane for a Scottish teenager has taken another dramatic turn.
Gregor Ramsay, the 17-year-old driver from East Kilbride, has signed a five-year contract with the Lotus F1 Junior Team.
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Gregor, who has been assisted in his drive to the top by Ayrshire Euro Lottery winners Colin and Christine Weir, has raced from karting competitions to the gateway of F1 in just eight years.
He will now step up to contest the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup after a successful season in Formula Renault ALPS.
Gregor is now following in the tracks of Jim Clark, the Grand Prix legend from Duns who won the 1963 and 1965 world titles for Lotus.
"I am delighted to have joined Lotus especially as such famous Scots as Jim have flown the Saltire for the team,'' said Gregor. He will race on Grands Prix circuits next year after learning to drive karts on a track in Larkhall. His rise to the top has been helped by Jim McColl of Clyde Blowers and a supportive family with his father, Scott, travelling regularly to watch his son race.
Gregor left Williamwood High School, Clarkston, at 16 to concentrate on driving and he has already been mentored by Luca Baldisserri, the Ferrari driver academy manager, who has praised his protégé's reaction times and psychological strength.
"This is a huge step forward for me,'' said Gregor. "My ultimate aim is to race in F1 and this brings that dream closer.
"But I know that the hard work must continue.
"I am joining a stable of talented young drivers and I will have to be focused to succeed.''