Emily Glanvill is a name that you’ll be hearing a lot more of in the coming years, mark my words.
Ahead of her next racing outing at Knockhill, I caught up with her to find out more about the talented teen behind the visor.
Already the 17 year-old Scottish born racer has an impressive list of achievements under her belt, including being the winner of the Teenage Cancer Trust Junior Saloon Car scholarship this year, defying all stereotypes.
“It was surreal when they said I’d won the scholarship. I was speechless, totally shocked!” Emily exclaimed.
“The scholarship selection day was an event that took place at Silverstone. It was my first time visiting the race track and so that just added to the atmosphere.
“There were many elements of the selection- an interview, fitness challenges- and driving out on the track. I couldn’t believe it when I had made it to the final three!
“The next stage was even more intense. We were each questioned in front of a panel, made up of professionals which was daunting. But I have made it this far, so I gave it my all and it paid off.”
The scholarship has enabled Emily the chance to race this year, as well as allowing her to develop skills on and off the track as she explained to me.
“This year I have gained so much confidence. I’ve stopped being so hung up on what other people think of me. I race for me and I know I can do well.
“On and away from the track my self-belief has grown, as well as my interview skills. This year has seen a complete change in me, and that is down to the scholarship.”
Emily is also proud to be part of Susie Wolff’s Dare To Be Different, an initiative that is creating headlines across the world of Motorsport.
“The Dare To Be Different headline event at Knockhill was crazy, and I have to thank the scholarship for enabling me to have the opportunity to take part.
“At first, I didn’t know how the girls were going to react to the car. I didn’t know how keen they would be. They were quiet and reserved at first, but then after I explained my story and a bit more about my car, they became hyper and some of them started jumping around.
“The majority of them had never been exposed to Motorsport before and it was brilliant to introduce them to a small part of my racing world. The only thing is, once they got in my car, we couldn’t get them back out!”
Emily played a key role in Dare To Be Different’s headline event in Scotland, allowing 100 school girls aged 9- twelve the chance to sit in her Junior Saloon Championship car. Not only that, but Emily got to spend the day with one of her role models- Susie Wolff.
“It was fantastic meeting Susie. She has taught me to be confident in myself and to do what you want because you want to do it. Do something you love because you enjoy it. Do it for you.
“Lots of different people inspire me…lots of different aspects of their personalities. Susie Wolff, of course, is my main role model. I think she’s every female racer’s inspiration. She is amazing…especially because she is a fellow Scot!
“It’s brilliant that she is giving something back to the sport with Dare To Be Different, something which I am proud to be a part of.”
Glanvill also looks up to British driver Lando Norris:, “Lando is a good role model too. He keeps his head down, is committed and wins from lights to flag. I admire him.”
However, how did Emily get to where she is today? Her racing stemmed from karting, and then to an event called ‘autograss’. It was quickly noted that Emily had incredible amounts of talent, and subsequently last year claimed second place in a category where she was the only female, as well as the youngest competitor. An impressive achievement in anyone’s book.
“2015 was a learning curve, but ultimately ended amazing. Half way through the season I had a massive crash and missed a meeting. It was then when I came back that I decided to move up into the next category- the men’s- where I was not only the only girl, but also the youngest.”
“I finished second in the championship, with only half a season of racing.”
Unfortunately, despite all of her success, there is a more negative side to being a female in a man’s world.
“Sexism is something I have unfortunately encountered,” Emily explained. “But has it ever put me off? No! It spurs me on. It’s an extra incentive to do well and prove the boys who have laughed at me and who have made unnecessary comments about my gender wrong.
“When the visor goes down, all I think about is racing. It’s what I have always enjoyed doing- just racing. It’s exciting.
“There’s definitely added pressure being in the scholarship winning car, albeit a fantastic opportunity. There is added pressure, for sure and exposure too. It’s being a scholarship winner on top of the pressure you put on yourself.”
Emily is also on the lookout for a sponsor for next season to enable her to race and do what she does best.
“Next year is going to be tough as the scholarship only lasts for one year. I am on the lookout for a sponsor next year to allow me to continue racing.
“Sponsors are incredibly important and I learnt that this season. It’s about being professional, advertising the brand, doing well for your sponsors as well as yourself. They’re vital.”
Despite the uncertainly, Emily remains smiling and rightly so. In just a couple of years she has made a name or herself, both on and off the track impressing sporting professionals and winning over fans.
“I’m proud to be in a championship that’s growing, and it’s excellent that a fellow female and member of Dare To Be Different, Katie Milner, is leading the championship. She will go very far; I am proud to know her,” Emily concluded, smiling.
This young lady has a very bright future ahead of her and I hope you join me in supporting her on her racing journey.
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