Aaran Stroud, a 17 year old from Ashbury Drive, Hawley, is embarking on a career in professional motorsports.

Arran's ambition is to become a Formula 1 racing driver within five years.

Recently he completed successful test drives of a Formula Renault racing car at Silverstone, Donington Park and Snetterton race circuits.

Formerly a pupil at Fernhill Comprehensive, Aaran is now studying Automotive Engineering (Motorsports Studies) at Farnborough College of Technology.

Winning eight times at UK karting events this year, Aaran is currently competing in the UK Super Libre karting winter series prior to joining JA Motorsport for the 2002 Formula Renault single seater British Championships, which are televised on Channel 4's Chequered Flag programme.

Pictured at Silverstone, Aaran said he would like to thank everyone who has helped him so far. Anyone interested in sponsoring Aaran should contact Terry Stroud on 0771 801 2920.