Sandy Mitchell has been confirmed as the winner of the Sports Insure Young Driver Initiative after a 10-week social media campaign and online voting by the public.

The young Scottish driver will now race for United Autosports in their Ligier JS P3 at the final round of the Henderson Insurance LMP3 Cup Championship alongside fellow Scot, Sir Chris Hoy. Sandy faced stiff competition from nine other drivers, including Alex Sedgwick, Bradley Smith, Stephane Kox and Callan O’Keeffe who were the final top five.

Over 8000 votes were cast by the public during the 10-week voting period, matching the overwhelming response from young drivers who applied to race the Ligier JS P3 in the early stages of the initiative. A total of 118 young drivers from a diverse range of racing backgrounds applied to race in the ACO-backed British LMP3 Championship. These applicants were then whittled down to 10 final candidates who all canvassed for the public’s votes. 

Sandy and Chris will race the United Autosports Ligier at the final round of the Henderson Insurance LMP3 Cup Championship at Donington Park on 16-17 September. Chris Hoy had his first taste of the Ligier JS P3 this week at Snetterton in very wet conditions. Sandy will test the Ligier in the week leading up to the final round of the championship.

Sandy Mitchell, driver, United Autosports:

"I am so pleased to win the Sports Insure Young Driver initiative, it is an incredible prize. To have this opportunity to drive the United Autosports LMP3 car alongside Sir Chris Hoy is truly special. I would like to thank every single person that voted for me, the support has been amazing! I can't wait to race at Donington Park, I will be giving it 100% and more. It will be a fantastic new experience!" 

Chris Haynes, Managing Director, Bute Motorsport:

“We look forward to welcoming Sandy to the championship at Donington Park and helping him develop his skills in an LMP3 car. Well done to all the other finalists and entrants. The whole process has generated a large amount of enthusiasm from all the shortlisted drivers and our changes to the championship present them with an opportunity to come and join us next year. It's safe to say we were not only amazed by the quantity of applicants, but the quality as well. The fact we had drivers from top national championships apply is a tremendous show of strength for the LMP3 formula and particularly for our Championship. We also realise that none of this can be achieved on our own and we are extremely appreciative of the support and profile that our title sponsor Henderson Insurance Brokers, in partnership with Ligier UK and United Autosports have brought to our Championship, especially by creating and running this exciting opportunity for a young driver.”

Richard Dean, Team Owner and Managing Director, United Autosports:

“I’m really pleased with the response we have had from the Sports Insure Young Driver initiative. It’s a great opportunity for a young driver to get behind the wheel of a prototype and I hope Sandy gets everything he can out of it. It has been a close competition with various leaders at one point or another, but I think Sandy will be an asset to the team as he is a proven race winner already this year.”