Chislehurst siblings set to tear up the track this weekend
PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:13 05 April 2018
(c) Julian Morgan
Sibling rivalry will be rife in one Chislehurst household this weekend (April 7/8) when teenager Ethan Hawkey and big sister Esmee both compete at Brands Hatch during this weekend’s Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship event.
Ethan is following in Esmee’s footsteps by climbing on board a Ginetta Junior racecar for his debut appearance at the event, which is headlined by the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, Britain’s biggest car racing series.
Having impressed at the wheel of a Porsche Cayman in the GT Cup Championship, Esmee will compete in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB on the same bill.
Three years ago Esmee competed on the same grid as Billy Monger in the Ginetta Junior Championship, and now 15 year-old Ethan will step into one of the G20 race cars, designed for 14-17 year-old karting graduates.
It’s going to be a very busy year for dad Dean, who competed in endurance events before becoming a father.
Ethan said: “Esmee’s always been racing cars.
“She’s got a lot more experience in it than me, so I always come to her for advice because she always gives me tips and it really helps.”
20-year-old Esmee said: “We always have racing conversations over dinner.
“I think it’s great that we’re a family of racing drivers, I think Ethan’s going to do great.”
Having moved on from the GT Cup Championship. trainee accountant Esmee is pleased with her own progression in sports cars, with which she has big ambitions. “When we were looking forward to what we wanted to do next, the Porsche pyramid looked like a great option for us.
“We knew that the touring car package is a great one to be on, having been in the Ginetta Junior series, so we looked at the next step and that was Carrera Cup.”
Whilst he’ll be watching from the sidelines this weekend, Dean aims to join both of his children on track in the future: “When I raced with Esmee in the Cayman a couple of years ago it surprised me how quick she was, so I think I’ll be the slowest driver in the team, but it’ll be good fun.”