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MSA British GP15aBritish motor sport arrives back in the UK for this weekend’s prestigious British Grand Prix on an unprecedented high.

Home grown Lewis Hamilton won last year’s blue riband race at Silverstone en route to lifting the 2014 FIA World Formula One World Championship and currently he leads the 2015 title chase. Moreover, British based F1 teams continue to dominate the sport winning no fewer than 90 of the last 100 Grands Prix staged around the globe.

The success story isn’t just in Formula One, though. Last year British drivers won the GP2 Series title (Jolyon Palmer), the GP3 Series title (Alex Lynn), the FIA World Endurance Championship title (Anthony Davidson), the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern Europe Cup (Ben Barnicoat) plus an impressive clean sweep of World and European kart championships at both senior and junior levels (Callum Ilott, Enaam Ahmed and Lando Norris).

Already this year Nick Tandy has become the 33rd British driver to win the coveted Le Mans 24 Hours – a tally that no other nation can match – while Kris Meeke has put Britain back on the top step of a World Rally Championship podium.

It’s an amazing record of which the Motor Sports Association, the governing body of UK motor sport, is not only incredibly proud but also determined to extend. To that end, more than 60 of the country’s most promising young drivers are being readied for future stardom via the MSA Academy and Team UK initiatives.

All three of those contesting the 2015 GP2 Series – Jordan King, Lynn, Nick Yelloly – are members of the MSA schemes established to nurture future champions. And all three, along with last year’s GP2 champion Palmer, already have strong links with today’s F1 teams.

“There’s no doubt motor sport in Britain currently is on the crest of a wave,” confirmed Rob Jones, Chief Executive of the MSA. “Last year was a truly remarkable season with British drivers winning just about every major title there is whether that was in formula racing, sportscars or karting. It’s an impressive global position that the MSA is determined to maintain and, via our forward thinking and world class Academy, we are helping others to follow in Lewis’s victorious wheel-tracks.”

MSA British GP15bAs well as preparing the next generation of potential champions, the MSA performs a key role in the organisation of the British Grand Prix. Through its commercial arm International Motor Sports Ltd, the MSA works closely with both the FIA and Silverstone to oversee this weekend’s sporting on-track activities. It’s a role that is supported by over 1000 volunteers ranging from track and spectator marshals to technical scrutineers, medical personnel and race stewards.

“We are proud to be performing key organisational roles at the British Grand Prix, an event run to the highest international standards for which this country is renowned right around the world,” continued Jones.

“These high profile events are also a vital aspect in attracting newcomers to the sport – whether that’s as a competitor, a volunteer or someone finding out about what’s on offer from their local motor club.

“The success of the British Grand Prix is underpinned by the sport’s volunteers who are essential to the event’s safe and effective running. These men and women are just part of a much larger volunteer army in UK motor sport, totalling around 10,000 marshals and officials without whom the 5,000 that the MSA sanctions annually would not be possible.”

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