Romford racer Luff ensures top day out at Silverstone is Tailor-made for young Ethan

PUBLISHED: 09:00 22 September 2017

Matt Luff treated nine-year-old Ethan Tailor to a day at Silverstone watching him race

Matt Luff treated nine-year-old Ethan Tailor to a day at Silverstone watching him race


Romford’s Matt Luff gave a young motorsport fan a day to remember at Silverstone at the weekend.

Matt Luff has been helping nine-year-old Ethan TailorMatt Luff has been helping nine-year-old Ethan Tailor

Double world karting champion Luff invited nine-year-old Ethan Tailor to the famous circuit for the latest round of his Ginetta Junior Series, in support of the British Touring Cars.

That came after Luff, 16, had seen a story about Ethan, who suffers from Stargardt’s Disease, and arranged a day of one-to-one karting tuition at Brentwood Raceway earlier this summer.

And Ethan’s mum Bhavna Tailor – who hopes to set up a charity to raise more awareness of the conditions – was so grateful for the support, saying: “Ethan hasn’t stopped talking about Matt and the go-karting. He even wore the cap all day and has the photo that Matt gave him by his bed.

“He had such a great time and loved every minute of it. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We want to raise awareness of Ethan’s condition and give him opportunities before his eyesight deteriorates further.”

Luff is currently in sixth form at Brentwood School and his mum Lynn added: “The school is brilliant in how it instils in its students the need to help others less fortunate than ourselves and to give back in life as well as take.”

Appearing for Richardson Racing for the second time, after a promising debut at Rockingham, Luff overcame challenging conditions during qualifying to line up in 12th place on the grid for the first race, just 0.8 seconds away from pole position. And he recovered well after a slow start on the opening lap to fight his way back through the pack, only to suffer a 10-second penalty and finish 14th overall.

Luff looked well placed for a spot on the rookie class podium in race two, but a mid-race incident cost him valuable time and hit those hopes.

A 16th-place finish allowed him to stay in the top 15 in the series and he said: “This was my second race meeting with the team and I really feel that I have progressed since I started with them.

“I showed decent pace, especially in slippery conditions, and also improved my qualifying position from Rockingham.

“Unfortunately luck was not on our side in the races and it was a shame to be taken out while on track for a second-place rookie finish. I’m looking forward to the last round at Brands Hatch and hope to end the season on a high.”

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