A sponsorship from private equity group Bridgepoint, star pupil at Buckmore Park and now GUBA Young and Talented award winner – 2013 has been an eventful year for Lewis Appiagyei. Aged just 10, Lewis’s dedication to his dream is spearheading his campaign to be a future Formula 1 Champion. His strive continues to gain him recognition within and outside the racing world. This young man continues to inspire a generation of achievers and was effectively nominated for a GUBA award earlier this year.
At the GUBA 2013 award ceremony on the 16th of November 2013, Lewis won by public vote the keenly contested Young and Talented award. The category was a highly competitive one, boasting of some of the finest young talents within the Ghanaian-UK community like Akai Osei, Nana Bediako and Portia Oti.
In his acceptance speech, Lewis managed to impress the crowd with his confidence and eloquence. We are intrigued by this wonderful young man and give him the platform to share his experience.
Congratulations on winning the GUBA Young and Talented award. How do you feel about it?
I feel very proud and grateful. So many people came up to me afterwards to congratulate me. It was a very humbling experience. The trophy looks really cool and it’s taking pride of place among my many other trophies from racing. It has been an amazing experience and the memories of the night will stay with me for a long time. I am so thankful for having the opportunity to stand on stage and speak in front of a large crowd; it really boosted my confidence and a very useful experience to have had.
What are your thoughts on the GUBA award ceremony?
I was very impressed with the ballroom and the whole set-up. The evening was run in a very professional way and there were so many famous and important people there. The i-pads on the tables were really cool and it was great to see myself on it – shame there weren’t any games to play on them. The food served was delicious, especially the chicken and cake. I really liked the hotel and I’m already looking forward to returning next year to present the next winner of my category with the award. That will be really special.
You are a star pupil at Buckmore Park for the second time. Tell us about it
The Star Pupil event at Buckmore Park is special as it’s an invitation-only event. When I planned out my racing year it was one of my many goals to achieve this year, so when the invitation letter arrived the day before my birthday, I was very happy because my plans were coming together! This was my first year as a proper Cadet, so it was challenging as I am the youngest now in that category. Therefore, it was even more special to make the podium. I will aim to make it back again next year to complete a hat-trick!
What do you enjoy about racing?
I love the speed. On race days in the morning I look forward to getting to the track. I can’t wait to get into my kart and start racing. Once I am in my kart I feel unbeatable. I love the feeling of overtaking other competitors. Once I’m ahead of the pack I feel unstoppable and try to race as fast as I can. Seeing the chequered flag and crossing the finish line in first place gives you quite a rush and you just want to do it again and again.
What do you want to achieve in 2014?
For 2014 my plan is to continue to work hard towards my aim of becoming an F1 champion. I am hoping to attract some more sponsorship, especially from the Ghanaian business community to help me along the way. I want to improve my SODI kart world championship ranking (this year my highest ranking was 8th in the world) and maybe even win the world title. I will be entering various championships again and hope to win at least one. Completing the Buckmore Star Pupil hat-trick, as mentioned before, will be another goal. If the opportunity of winning another award comes along I will also grab that.