It's March 1986, and a cold grey Saturday at Silverstone. I'm there to cover the first club meeting of the season - Minis, Classic Saloons, even a VSCC Pre-War Handicap - but what I've really come to see is the first FF1600 race of the year, a minor non-championship event called the Derek Daly Trophy, which features a gaggle of new young drivers.
Inevitably the one who catches the attention is Paul Warwick, brother of British F1 star Derek. The 17-year-old goes on to win his first ever circuit race, but not without a fight with fellow rookies Kurt Luby and Derek Higgins. He shows some real spirit, and does so again the following day when he wins a wet race at Thruxton. "A dream come true," he says when I report his stunning debut weekend in Autosport.
Joey Mawson made waves in the middle of the last decade, beating future Haas Formula 1 driver Mick Schumacher - among other highly-rated talents - to the 2016 German F4 title. A run in F1's feeder GP3 category only caused his career to stall, but now back in Australia Mawson's S5000 title success has set that to rights
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