A TALENTED Dorset racing car driver had a podium finish at the Ginetta Junior Championship, aged just 16.

Reza Seewooruthun from Poole crossed the line third in one race, following fourth and sixth place finishes during the weekend at Oulton Park in Cheshire.

After the first round of racing, at which he reached speeds of 120mph, Seewooruthun stood in a strong position in the drivers’ championship.

It is also another step on his bid to become a Formula 1 driver, like former Ginetta racer Lando Norris.

Seewooruthun said: “The competition this season is extremely tough. With everyone battling it out in such a tight window you are fighting for tenths of a second to the nearest car.

“There’s no margin for error, you have to give it everything each and every time you head out onto the track.”

After being crowned champion last year at the English Junior Rotax Karting Championships, Reza stepped up to the prestigious Ginetta Junior Championship and is racing under the banner of multi-championship winning team ‘R Racing’.

He is backed by a number of local businesses including Wyatt Homes, Charles Trent Ltd, Anders Roberts Cheer Architecture, Luxury Care, Abbey Estates and DWP Housing Partnership to name but a few.

All of these businesses believe he has what it takes to win the title and progress up the ranks of British motorsport.

His performance and natural racing instinct has garnered the attention of a number of high-profile teams, with many suggesting he has what it takes to compete in the likes of Formula 4, and ultimately Formula 1.

Seewooruthun began karting aged 13 and he immediately impressed Poole-based team BKC Racing, the team he later went on to win the English Karting Championship title with.

Moving into his first season of car racing was a big step, but following a successful period of testing for two of the top teams in the series, he was offered a drive with both and signed up to R Racing.

Fans can follow Seewooruthun’s racing endeavours on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram where he shares regular updates, and behind the scenes content documenting his racing journey to his ever-growing followers.