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Finlay Hutchison from Dundee, Scotland, is rightly regarded as one of the UK’s top young drivers and in just three seasons of car racing at any level he has made a notable impact in his sport of choice.

Already enjoying great success as a multiple race winner and podium finisher in GT endurance racing, Finlay is on the fast track to becoming a professional racing driver and is resolutely determined to follow the path laid by compatriots such as sportscar legend Allan McNish.

Establishing a strong reputation in karting, Finlay then embarked on his car racing debut in Formula Renault single-seaters before making headlines as a class winner in the Creventic 24 Hour race in Dubai at the tender age of 16.

Making the move to GT action in 2017, he secured several podiums in the GT4 European Series Northern Cup – where he ended the season fifth in the championship – and was also a front-runner in the sister GT4 European Series Southern Cup, piloting a McLaren 570s in both. Additionally, he became a podium finisher in the one-make Audi Sport TT Cup.

In 2018, Finlay contested the GT4 European Series and the British GT4 Championship and was a race winner in both, again in a McLaren. He had started the year successfully too, with a class podium finish at the Dubai 24 Hours in January on his maiden outing in a GT3 Chevrolet Corvette.

Complementing his prowess behind the wheel, Finlay has a keen knowledge of the technical side of the motorsport industry and has a good understanding of car setup and engineering, data analytics, data acquisition and vehicle dynamics. As a very rounded competitor, he is proficient with his use of PI Toolbox and always garners the respect of race engineers he works with.

Finlay is dedicated to putting in the long hours of preparation away from the track too, where he injects 100% effort into his Crossfit Athletics training. Back on the track, he recently gained his VLN A permit at the world renowned Nurburgring-Nordschleife in Germany.  

Next stop, 2019…

Driver Profile

Age:
18
Born:
Dundee, Scotland
Date of Birth:
20 January 2000
Height
188cm
Sports:
Crossfit and Swimming
Sporting Hero:
Allan McNish
Ambition:
Professional Racing Driver
View Finlay’s progress and achievements from previous seasons of racing

Beginning 2018 in style with a class podium finish at the Creventic 24 Hours of Dubai in a GT3 Chevrolet Corvette, Finlay then embarked on a dual campaign in GT4 in Europe and the UK where he was consistently one of the quickest and most competitive drivers.

Sharing a McLaren 570S with Ricardo van der Ende in the GT4 European Series, where the duo took two victories and two other podiums en-route to a top four championship finish for Finlay, in British GT4 he was also a race winner and multiple podium finisher with fellow Scotsman Daniel McKay.

Additionally, Finlay gained important experience in the VLN Endurance Championship at Germany’s Nurburgring-Nordschleife where he qualified for his VLN A permit, a licence drivers require in order to race in the prestigious 24 Hour race at the legendary track. He concludes 2018 with outings at Daytona in America, the HSR Classic Daytona, and in Bahrain for the GT4 International Cup.

Beginning 2018 in style with a class podium finish at the Creventic 24 Hours of Dubai in a GT3 Chevrolet Corvette, Finlay then embarked on a dual campaign in GT4 in Europe and the UK where he was consistently one of the quickest and most competitive drivers.

Sharing a McLaren 570S with Ricardo van der Ende in the GT4 European Series, where the duo took two victories and two other podiums en-route to a top four championship finish for Finlay, in British GT4 he was also a race winner and multiple podium finisher with fellow Scotsman Daniel McKay.

Additionally, Finlay gained important experience in the VLN Endurance Championship at Germany’s Nurburgring-Nordschleife where he qualified for his VLN A permit, a licence drivers require in order to race in the prestigious 24 Hour race at the legendary track. He concludes 2018 with outings at Daytona in America, the HSR Classic Daytona, and in Bahrain for the GT4 International Cup.

For his second season in cars, Finlay switched disciplines to saloon car and endurance racing and made an immediate impact in January by winning – at 16 years of age – the TCR class of the Dubai 24 Hours at Dubai Autodrome in an Audi RS3 LMS.

Joining top team Equipe Verschuur for the GT4 European Series Northern Cup piloting a McLaren 570s, Finlay and team-mate Csaba Mor finished fourth in their first race at Misano in Italy and went on to achieve three podium finishes en-route to the Scotsman taking fifth in the championship.

In the sister Southern Cup, the duo contested selected rounds at Pau street circuit in France, Barcelona in Spain and Paul Ricard in France – a best result of eighth coming at the latter.

During the course of the year, Hutchison also made three outings in the one-make Audi Sport TT Cup where he achieved a podium result in his second race at Hockenheim in Germany

For his second season in cars, Finlay switched disciplines to saloon car and endurance racing and made an immediate impact in January by winning – at 16 years of age – the TCR class of the Dubai 24 Hours at Dubai Autodrome in an Audi RS3 LMS.

Joining top team Equipe Verschuur for the GT4 European Series Northern Cup piloting a McLaren 570s, Finlay and team-mate Csaba Mor finished fourth in their first race at Misano in Italy and went on to achieve three podium finishes en-route to the Scotsman taking fifth in the championship.

In the sister Southern Cup, the duo contested selected rounds at Pau street circuit in France, Barcelona in Spain and Paul Ricard in France – a best result of eighth coming at the latter.

During the course of the year, Hutchison also made three outings in the one-make Audi Sport TT Cup where he achieved a podium result in his second race at Hockenheim in Germany

Signing with experienced single-seater team Mark Burdett Motorsport, Finlay certainly didn’t shy away from a challenge in his first year of car racing by choosing to compete in Europe rather than the UK in the ranks of Formula Renault.

Contesting a full season of Formula Renault Northern European Cup (NEC) action, he also made a couple of outings in the blue riband Formula Renault Eurocup – easily the most competitive and hard-fought junior single-seater championships on the globe.

Making strong progress throughout the year in NEC, from an entry of 34 drivers Finlay became a top 15 finisher in Hungary and posted 11 other top 20 results from the 15 races. In Formula Renault Eurocup, he contested races at the Red Bull Ring in Austria and Paul Ricard in France

Signing with experienced single-seater team Mark Burdett Motorsport, Finlay certainly didn’t shy away from a challenge in his first year of car racing by choosing to compete in Europe rather than the UK in the ranks of Formula Renault.

Contesting a full season of Formula Renault Northern European Cup (NEC) action, he also made a couple of outings in the blue riband Formula Renault Eurocup – easily the most competitive and hard-fought junior single-seater championships on the globe.

Making strong progress throughout the year in NEC, from an entry of 34 drivers Finlay became a top 15 finisher in Hungary and posted 11 other top 20 results from the 15 races. In Formula Renault Eurocup, he contested races at the Red Bull Ring in Austria and Paul Ricard in France

After becoming a championship winner in karting in his native Scotland, Finlay stepped-up into national UK level karting in 2015 where he competed with top teams Strawberry Racing and Dan Holland Racing.

Driving in the Junior Rotax British Championship and also dovetailing action in the high-profile Junior Rotax European Karting Championship, Finlay delivered some impressive performances and laid the foundations for his graduation to cars the following year...

After becoming a championship winner in karting in his native Scotland, Finlay stepped-up into national UK level karting in 2015 where he competed with top teams Strawberry Racing and Dan Holland Racing.

Driving in the Junior Rotax British Championship and also dovetailing action in the high-profile Junior Rotax European Karting Championship, Finlay delivered some impressive performances and laid the foundations for his graduation to cars the following year...

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