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The return of a motorsport institution

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The resurrection of the legendary Winfield Racing School signals a step change in the education of young racing drivers. Its founder, Mike Knight, was encouraged by what he saw

On a warm February evening at the Circuit Paul Ricard, Mike Knight scrutinises a wall of portraits hanging in the offices of the Winfield Racing School. The co-founder of the original Winfield school, which settled at Magny-Cours before it expanded to a second site at Paul Ricard, Knight is back for the first time since the business was sold 20 years ago.

He's now head judge of the revived Volant Winfield, first won by two-time Le Mans winner Jean-Pierre Jaussaud in 1963 when it was sponsored by Shell, before Elf took over several years later. The modern iteration, held last year for the first time since 1994, is a three-day driver evaluation for 14 to 17-year-olds who haven't raced single-seaters before. The prize is a fully funded season in French Formula 4.

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