TALENTED go-kart Lucas Blantford is one of a handful of young racing drivers who will feature in a new on-the-fly docuseries set to hit Amazon Prime later this year.
Guided dreamsproduced by Manchester-based Street Stars UK will be similar to Netflix’s hit Formula One series Drive to survivewhere he will follow every karter on and off the track throughout the 2022 Junior Kart Championship.
Stratford school pupil Blantford is one of 16 lucky drivers to feature in the program and the 12-year-old was in Manchester last week to film his pre-Championship introduction and take part in a photo op for the Guided dreams website.
Blantford told the Herald“When I found out that I was one of 16 out of 100 drivers to feature in Driven Dreams, I was simply amazed.
“Now that the first shoot and media training is done, it’s kind of integrated now. It’s a huge opportunity for me to show a lot of people my talent and expose myself to a bigger audience. I hope this will bring some official partners/sponsors on board to help me on my career path.
The good news doesn’t end there, as Blantford has also secured a place in the academy of Team HARD, mainstay of the British Touring Car Championship.
Blantford is one of 15 riders selected for the program – launched by Team HARD Managing Director Tony Gilham and run by academy manager Claire Murdoch – which is structured around the key elements of a successful rider, including skills, fitness, public relations and sponsorship acquisition.
“I sat down with Claire and we made plans for my running journey until my 22nd birthday,” Blantford said. “The plans are ambitious and bold, but I know I can achieve them and hopefully, with the help of sponsors, I can get where I want to be and turn my dream into reality.”
Gilham said: “Lucas has been a real star since joining our academy at the start of this year and being part of the Driven Dreams program is testament to that.
“Lucas is a real talent and with whom we are proud to work. His motorsport journey has only just begun and we look forward to joining him for a very long time. »
Murdoch added: “Lucas has such a bright future in motorsport and we are extremely proud and excited for his future.”