Austin Kimberly is the grandson of Amelia Concours d'Elegance volunteers Joan and Randy Kimberly and has grown to be a fine racer.
Amelia Island, FL – Eighteen year old Austin Kimberly carried the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance colors to victory in the tenth round of the BRSCC (British Racing Sports Car Club) Avon Tyres Formula Ford 1600 National Championship at the famed Brands Hatch circuit in Kent, England on August 6th.
It was a near perfect race weekend for the young American student and racer. He qualified his Ray GR08 Formula Ford supported by The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance on the front row of the grid and raced to second place in the ninth round of the national championship. In round ten, he won, leading 47 of the 48 laps in the weekend’s two-race national championship format.
“Race one was tough because I had pressure all race. I left the door open on the last lap and my Dempsey Racing teammate, Skyler Robinson, went up the inside going into Paddock Hill Bend,” said Kimberly. In race two Kimberly led from the start to finish winning by two seconds.
With just two races remaining in the 2013 national championship, Kimberly leads the prestigious Avon Tyres British National Formula Ford 1600 Championship. Kimberly’s next race is on August 31st at Oulton Park in England, with the season finale taking place on Saturday, September 28th in a three race series at the 2.1 mile Trac Mon Circuit in Anglesey, Wales.
“It’s very satisfying to see our logo on Austin’s racer,” said Bill Warner, Founder and Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. “His family is part of our ‘concours family’ and we’re happy that we can help him realize his dream of becoming an engineer and a champion racing driver. Fostering an interest in the automotive field in young people has always been part of ‘The Amelia’.”
Austin Kimberly is the grandson of long-time Amelia Concours d’Elegance volunteers Joan and Randy Kimberly. He is currently undergoing freshman orientation at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island.
About The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
Now in its second decade, the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world. Always held the second full weekend in March, “The Amelia” draws over 250 rare vehicles from collections around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island for a celebration of the automobile like no other. Since 1996, the show’s Foundation has donated over $2 million to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other deserving charities on Florida’s First Coast. The 19th annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for March 7-9, 2014. For more information, visit www.ameliaconcours.org.