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Boy scout honoured for motorsport helpfulness

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East Anglian lad lands top award for lending a hand

A boy scout from Norfolk has been awarded scouting’s highest honour, the Golden Otter, in recognition of his tireless work helping others.

George Russell, 14, from Kings Lynn was given the award after a series of helpful acts in and around the world of motorsport where he has earned his overtaking badge, his pit stops badge, and his 2014 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award badge.

“George was a huge help last year when we needed someone to drive one of our GP3 cars,” said ART Grand Prix team principal Frederic Vasseur. “He agreed to take on some of the driving and he was so good at it he actually won the championship, even though I know he was very busy with his school homework as well.”

11-year-old George also received high praise from Mercedes F1’s Toto Wolff. “It is so hard to get someone to test the Formula 1 cars because it is boring and you don’t get to win anything,” the Arnie-voiced overlord explained. “But George is such a helpful young man he agreed to get involved, even though I know sometimes he would rather have been playing Minecraft with his friends rather than giving feedback on aero set-up in medium paced corners.”

In light of such helpfulness, it’s little wonder that George, aged 8, is tipped to go far in his hobby of motor racing. Indeed, he has now agreed to help out with the famous Williams team by doing some car driving for them in Formula 1 races next year and it is for this that he sealed his Golden Otter award, which recognises such selfless acts of charity.