Logan's Learning Curve | Round 3 of the SMRC FF1600 Championship

Round 3 - Knockhill Clockwise 23/6/19

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Round 3 - Knockhill Clockwise 23/6/19

After round 2, where Logan put in one of the most successful race weekends in her career, confidence was high for round 3.
All eyes were on Logan to see if she could improve on her pace - and championship position.

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Logan's Laps

After a difficult test session on Saturday - with limited track time - qualifying was the time for her to make her mark. She bided her time looking for a gap to give her clean air and set a fast time. Unfortunately the car ahead made a mistake impeding Logan's progress. The session continued in this fashion and all that could be achieved was 8th.

Race one:
Starting way back the launch after green lights were shown was crucial. Logan darted past the car ahead immediately putting her up in 7th. She would spend the rest of the race fighting for position - eventually crossing the line in 6th.

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Race two: Another strong start was crucial with Logan starting down in 6th. That's just what she did - 5th was hers before the first corner. The pack behind quickly closed and positions were swapped several times with some outstanding racing on display. With the pressure on, Logan found herself in the gravel twice, suffering a 5 second penalty for exceeding track limits. The penalty would later be rescinded giving Logan 7th place.

Hannah says: "With qualifying not going to plan I spent the whole day on the back foot. It was great to be able to race hard and come out on top in quite a few battles. It's been another steep learning curve for me which continues to grow my confidence. I won't be making the same mistakes again that's for sure"

Thanks to Jim Moir for the Images.

Logan with Lorraine of The Property Store - New Sponsor & Partner for 2019

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Podium results for Logan | Round 2 of the SMRC FF1600 Championship

Podium results for Logan | Round 2 of the SMRC FF1600 Championship

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Round 2 - Knockhill Anti-Clockwise 5/5/19

Round 2 of the prestigious FF1600 Scottish Championship took place this weekend, again at Knockhill Circuit but this time anti-clockwise - a new challenge for rookie driver Logan Hannah.

The weekend produced one of her most successful in her racing career, snapping up podium finishes in both races. Logan is very quickly becoming one to watch on the grid.

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Logan's Laps

Off the back of a successful testing session on Saturday - only a few minor hiccups which were quickly resolved - all was looking good for a strong qualifying. Having picked her spot well in the back, Logan was able to get some clear space ahead of her and put in a very impressive lap time, awarding her 3rd place.

Race one:
Beginning the race in P3 Logan was quickly up into 2nd place. Defending well, she hung on to her position for the majority of the race until a lock-up at McIntyre's cost her 2 places. The squabbling cars ahead however took each other out and with the safety car deployed there was no time left to make a runfor 1st, Logan would cross the line 2nd.

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Race two: Another impressive start allowed Logan to take the lead into to turn one and she was able to hold the lead for the next lap, but unfortunately two cars passed her the next lap, at the hairpin. More yellow flags meant that Logan spent the majority of the race building a gap to the cars behind - securing another podium finish, 3rd.

Hannah says: "When I lost the lead in race 2 I thought about battling, but with the yellow flags out I decided it was best to cement my 3rd place position by concentrating on consistent laps and building a gap to the cars behind.

Mega weekend, with my best qualifying so far and two podium finishes, so I'm very happy. "

Thanks to Jim Moir for the Images.

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The Property Store – East Kilbride on board as a support partner

The Property Store – East Kilbride on board as a support partner

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“I’m very excited for the coming season and having The Property Store and Lorraine’s help, I feel that it will be a successful and enjoyable year. With the first race of the season coming up, I am feeling confident in the car and seeing the benefits of working with Graham and his team”

With Logan recently confirming her 2019 racing plans in the Scottish Formula Ford 1600 Championship, securing valuable partnerships are essential for her to continue developing and climbing up the motorsports ladder. Logan is extremely pleased to announce she will have The Property Store – East Kilbride on board as a support partner for the 2019 race season Lorri Rob, Director…" The Property Store are delighted to support local teenager Logan Hannah as she embarks on her first full season of Scottish FF1600 this year with Champion Team Graham Brunton Racing. We have invested heavily in the training and development of young people many of whom have gone on to have successful careers in property. This has recently been recognised by winning the UK ARLA employer of the year for our commitment to the development of our staff. We hope by supporting Logan that she can achieve similar success in her chosen field. We are sure that her commitment, her skills and a lot of hard work will result in a successful season for her. We wish her every success for the season ahead”." Logan added….“I’m very excited for the coming season and having The Property Store and Lorraine’s help, I feel that it will be a successful and enjoyable year. With the first race of the season coming up, I am feeling confident in the car and seeing the benefits of working with Graham and his team”

GBR to run Logan Hannah in full Scottish campaign

Logan Hannah will contest her first full season of Scottish FF1600 this year after signing with current champion team Graham Brunton Racing.

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Logan Hannah will contest her first full season of Scottish FF1600 this year after signing with current champion team Graham Brunton Racing.

The Young Racing Driver Academy member made her FF1600 debut at the final Scottish round of 2018 last October, recording a best finish of seventh place in a rain-soaked first race.

Hannah then continued her development by competing in the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone. The East Kilbride teenager missed out on a place in the final after contact with Stephane Lemeret at the start of the second semi-final.

“I’m really looking forward to this year, I see it as a learning year as I’m getting used to the car,” Hannah told FF1600website.

“I thought my first race weekend went well, considering I had never really driven the car before. There were a few difficult things like getting used to the gears and the clutch, like, I couldn’t even get it out of the garage the first time I was in the car, so I was a bit nervous.

“But after that, I got more and more confident in the car and was able to do a good job.”

The former Formula 4 UAE driver admitted to being fresher than she had hoped before making her debut in the Knockhill-based championship at the back-end of last season, but is satisfied with the progress she has been able to make in the short period since.

“I didn’t race much last year, only the final meeting of Scottish and the Walter Hayes Trophy. I didn’t even do any karting so I was a bit fresh. But having said that, I think this is the best championship to be in to continue my development,” Hannah added.

“I’m able to push the car a lot more now, which helps with my confidence. It’s all about getting that bit more out of the car every time and gradually pushing the limits of the car. I can’t wait to get into the races and start to battle with other drivers as well. I’ve been missing that really.”

GBR is planning to give Hannah as much pre-season testing as possible, with potential sessions at Donington and Silverstone. Despite being based at Knockhill, the team is limited to the same amount of track time as the rest of the Scottish FF1600 field, and will likely run Hannah in February at the Fife circuit.

Team boss Graham Brunton has so far been impressed with Hannah’s development since October: “Her professional approach to the debrief and the communication was, for such a young driver, absolutely refreshing. She’ll ask questions about the car and give input as well which is what you want from a driver,” he told FF1600website.

“I’d like to see her win a race, from what we’ve seen of her so far, I see absolutely no reason why Logan can’t win in Scotland this year, and we’d probably both be a little disapointed if she didn’t in all honesty.”

GBR is also set to field Steve Barlow and Gary Sykes in 2019, with one more seat to be filled. Fraser Gray, who raced in the team’s Ray GR14 last season, will compete in the Historic Formula 3 championship, racing a Ralt RT3, as once driven by 1983 FFord Festival winner Andrew Gilbert-Scott.


Challenging weekend ahead in top international FF1600 field at Walter Hayes Trophy

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Arden Young Racing Driver Academy’s Logan Hannah will make her second Formula Ford 1600 appearance

“Arden Young Racing Driver Academy’s Logan Hannah will make her second Formula Ford 1600 appearance with Graham Brunton Racing in next weekend’s Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone.

The 17-year-old from East Kilbride made her FF1600 debut in a GBR Ray at the SMRC season-finale at Knockhill earlier this month, recording a seventh-place finish in the opening race.

Hannah, who has previously raced in UAE Formula 4, will join the already-confirmed Ross Martin in the team, which has two seats left to fill.

Graeme Hannah, Logan’s father, is hopeful that the Walter Hayes provides a platform for a full racing calendar for 2019.

“Following her recent FF1600 debut at Knockhill, Logan is looking forward to gaining further experience in the top class international field,” he said.

“For Logan’s 2019 racing plans we are working on several options and would expect to have firmed things up by the end of the year.”

Impressive FF1600 WHT debut at Silverstone with GBR

Walter Hayes Trophy - Testing and Racing report

Thursday Test:

It was extremely wet and at a new track I would of liked to of gone in first on a wet track but after the first session and once I managed to get comfortable, I was able to enjoy driving in the full wet and it meant that I was able to gain lots of experience and I was very happy at the end of the day.

Friday Test:

On the Friday it was a green track for most of the morning but there was a dry line forming over the first few sessions. By the end of the day I was doing a 1;02.8 which at the time was just a second off the fastest time and for the first time at Silverstone I was very happy with where I was and confident to go straight into qualifying in the morning.

Saturday Race Day:

Qualifying: The track wasn’t fully dry as it had rained a little overnight so the track was ever so slightly slower but overall enjoyed qualifying, I qualified 9 out of 16 and was a little slower than I was the day before but not my too much.

Heat 1:

I managed to get away from the start fairly quickly and made up one position on the start. I was catching the guy in 7th for majority or the race and at one point managed to get past him but made a mess of my gear change and he got passed me again, overall the race wasn’t too difficult and I managed to stay out of trouble.

Sunday Race Day:

Semi Final: The semi final is definitely the where my great weekend came to a stop, I managed to get a really good start on a fairly green track with minimal wheel spin but the driver in front of me could not get his car into second and when he did the wheels locked up on him resulting with him driving into the side of me and ending my race weekend before I even managed to reach first corner.


Throughout the weekend I managed to beat the expectations and goals that were set for me, for example I was not expected to of made it through to the semi final first try and I did, and by looking at the times if I was able to got the start we needed and the accident never happened I was in a perfect position to be able to get through to the finals. But after how much fun I had over the full 4 days at the track I definitely will be pushing to do the Walter Hayes trophy again next year.

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Logan Hannah to make Scottish FF1600 debut in Knockhill finale

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Young Racing Driver Academy member Logan Hannah will make her Scottish FF1600 debut

Young Racing Driver Academy member Logan Hannah will make her Scottish FF1600 debut in a Graham Brunton Racing Ray GR10 in this weekend’s season finale at Knockhill.

The 17-year-old joined the YRDA programme in 2016 as a karter and competed in the opening round of the 2017-18 Formula 4 UAE championship at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, recording two seventh places.

Hannah has been without a full-time drive this season but recently tested one of Arden’s F4 cars at Croft as well as conducting simulator work.

This weekend marks the first foray into single-seater racing in the United Kingdom, having moved back to the country from Dubai two years ago.

“I met up with Graham in January and then again when I had my seat fitting last weekend. I’m looking forward to working with him and the team this weekend,” Hannah told FF1600website.

“I’m not sure how the weekend will go as I’ve not raced this season and it’ll be my first time in the car.”

Hannah has made the step up from an extensive karting background, having raced in Rotax and Super One in the UAE and Scotland.

The teenager has yet to firm up plans for 2019, but is targeting a full Scottish FF1600 campaign budget permitting.

“If we have the budget in place, then I definitely want to do Formula Ford next year. I just want to get as much seat time and racing experience as possible really.”

“The aim has always been to climb the single seater ladder, but I’m definitely keeping my options open. Budget will dictate what is possible and when.”

GBR team boss Graham Brunton is also keen to monitor Hannah’s progression in her first meeting in the Ray.

“I think it will be a wee bit of a culture shock for Logan with limited mileage, but she should learn a lot from this weekend.

“It will be all about developing a feeling in the car and getting used to the pace at the front.”

“We are delighted that Logan will be racing at Knockhill in Scottish Formula Ford this weekend as she gathers further mileage and experience to move towards her licence upgrade necessary for her 2019 campaign,” said Jamie Horner, who co-founded the YRDA as part of Arden.

“She is an outstanding talent and possesses the drive, determination and work ethic to achieve her dream of competing at the highest level. Clearly, as with many young drivers funding will be key to her future journey.”

Logan masters severe weather conditions at Knockhill

“Really pleased how my first race weekend in Scottish Formula Ford worked out overall and I gained a lot of experience in tough wet conditions all day today after having it dry and sunny yesterday for testing. Big thanks to my team Graham Brunton Racing who made me feel so welcome and helped me improve my driving technique and lap times every time I went out on track.

This morning's Qualifying took me a while to get used to how the car handled in the wet and the reduced grip levels so I managed to put one decent lap in at the end for P9.

Race 1 starting from P9 focused on having a controlled drive in really wet slippery conditions and managed to cross the line in P7.

Race 2 held P7 off the start and battled hard first few laps before slipping back a couple of places as the conditions had got a lot worse with heavy spray and standing water at several corners. I finished up a couple of laps down in P10 following a little visit into the gravel at the final hairpin.

Thanks again to everyone who supported me this weekend and can't wait to do it again soon!”

SMS Academy

Logan announced as part of the SMS Academy 2018/19 Squad

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“We are delighted to announce the successful applicants to the 2018/19 SMS Academy – who have attended Knockhill Racing Circuit this morning, for the first session of the Academy programme. ”

The SMS Academy was set up in 2017 to support young riders and drivers (aged 14-20) who are showing potential to excel in the sport. Having successfully supported 23 young drivers and riders in the 2017/18 programme, applications launched in August for a new fresh squad to come in and benefit from the Academy’s support. Since launching the application, we have received a huge amount of interest in the programme. This has made the job of the selection panel – which included representatives from Scottish Motor Sports, the Scottish Auto Cycle Union (SACU) and the Motor Sports Association (MSA) - extremely difficult but after some deliberation, the following competitors have been selected:

Adon Davie (Prestonpans, SACU, Road Race)
Amy McCubbin (Muirkirk, MSA, Junior Rally)
Angus Bruce (Kelso, SACU, Enduros)
Calum Pert (Edzell, SACU, Road Race)
Cameron Davidson (Lesmahagow, MSA, Junior Rally)
Declan Connell (Dunfermline, SACU, Road Race)
Finlay Sword (Kilsyth, MSA, Karting)
Fraser Anderson (Helensburgh, MSA, Junior Rally)
Jack Hart (Renfrew, SACU, Road Race)
Kyle Nisbet (Port Seton, MSA, Race)
Lewis Nicol (Cupar, SACU, Road Race)
Logan Hannah (East Kilbride, MSA, Race)
Marc Gibson (Balfron, SACU, Race)
Matthew Collings (Dunfermline, MSA, Karting)
Oliver Hunter (Ayr, MSA, Junior Rally)
Robbie Wood (Melrose, SACU, Quad)
Ross Maguire (Wishaw, SACU, Road Race) Sophie Simpson (Stewarton, SACU, Trials) Thomas Johnstone (Kettlebridge, SACU, Junior Rally)
William Walker (Bothwell, MSA, Karting)

The athletes profiles can be viewed on the Academy section of the SMS website Here

The SMS Academy members will each be allocated a coach to offer remote support and advice when needed across the year. Between now and August 2019, the members will take part in four development workshops, which will support them in all aspects of their development, equipping them with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to maximise their performance.

The first SMS Academy workshop is taking place today - Wednesday 17th October - at Knockhill, where the Academy members are getting an introduction to the programme, creating their own development plan for the upcoming year and learning about sponsorship, amongst other subjects. The programme will again be delivered by fully qualified MSA Level 2 coaches; Blair Brown and Malcolm McNab will be continuing as Academy coaches but they will also be joined by SACU Enduro competitor, Kevin Murray, who – having went through his level 2 coaching qualification last year, will be tasked with leading some of the more technical discussions with the riders on the programme.

New for the 2018/19 programme will be a specific session for the parents in January; parents of the Academy athletes will be invited to attend a special Introduction to Coaching session that will be aimed at developing their own understanding of talent development and coaching to help them best support their son/daughters development. This is being introduced following feedback from last year’s programme, where parents expressed that they would like to have more involvement in their son/daughters development on the SMS Academy.

There will also be additional support for the SACU riders on the programme this year, thanks to sponsorship from Ride Scotland; the online magazine, covering all the latest news for bikers in Scotland. This new sponsorship will support the riders through additional coaching at events / training days, to help facilitate the riders to put what they have learned in the SMS Academy sessions, into practice. In addition, the programme will again benefit from the support of Knockhill Racing Circuit, who will be supporting the programme through the provision of their Media Centre Facility for the sessions.

Logan Hannah reflects on British F4 test at Croft

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“I felt anxious arriving at Croft, but also very excited! With all the preparation and time I had spent in the sim at Arden working on Croft I was ready to get everything out of the test days.”

It had been a long time since she had been in an F4 car so an arrival to Croft for her two-day test Logan was both anxious and excited. Logan would be in the British F4 car for two days alongside fellow YRDA member, Abbie Munro, as she continues her preparations to go racing in the near future. The emotions before getting in the car were certainly mixed but Logan was prepared!

“I felt anxious arriving at Croft, but also very excited! With all the preparation and time I had spent in the sim at Arden working on Croft I was ready to get everything out of the test days.”

That preparation is something all the drivers on the programme receive, but for Logan on the buildup to Croft it was certainly more specific.

“With YRDA I have access to the Arden simulators and I’ve also been lucky enough to work with some of the British F4 engineers. The simulator is the closest thing to driving the car and it’s great for learning tracks and how the car handles. It’s perfect for a new driver!”

So, preparation complete it was time to head to Croft. Once at the circuit it was time to prepare for the first session. Here’s Logan to explain how she did just that…

“As a group me and the other driver, Abbie Munro, along with engineer, Brandon Wong, did some sighting laps in a road car to see the track in person for the first time. After that we overlooked some in car footage from the Arden drivers that had raced at Croft the weekend before.”

Being able to see the circuit is quite crucial. It gave Logan a chance to familiarize herself with the circuit in person before going out in something a lot quicker! With a full two days testing ahead Logan had plenty of times to put in some impressive lap times so first it was about growing the confidence within herself around a brand-new circuit.

“To be back in the car it was definitely a little uncomfortable at first as it’s a new track, new car and a new group of individuals helping me. But after the first session I was beginning to get more and more comfortable and confident.”

Croft is certainly not an easy track! A very quick first half of the lap is followed by some slow speed corners which makes the challenge of learning the circuit a lot more difficult! The first half requires the driver having to carry a lot of speed mid corner and on the sim that is a lot easier than in person, but how did the sim help speed up this process?

“The simulator is so advanced and I have been lucky enough to have spent as much time in it as I did before the test. When at the track and in the car it is just so similar that I really only took a session, if that, to really get my head around it all and focus on my improvement.”

I think the answer to our previous question is a lot! Clearly the preparations had paid off and now Logan was fully focused on those lap times. She would be able to get in around 100 laps each day and that would be separated into short sessions so the number of sessions increased. It gave Logan more time to come in and look at data before going back out on circuit again to put some more improvements in.

“Throughout the day we would do 10 laps a session and we could have easily done at least ten sessions over the day and at that rate we could have been sitting at around 100 laps on the first day alone! My times continued to fall throughout the day and it was a show of my stamina and physical fitness, but mostly all the preparation I was able to do beforehand.”

At this stage, not only was the sim showing it’s value but also the work Logan had done fitness wise. The training days at St George’s Park along with Logan working on a fitness programme with Chris Ray and sticking to it saw her comfortably sitting at 100 laps by the end of day one. But overall the morning had been a success. Track familiarization was complete, the lap times already impressive and after a short lunch break it would be time to do it all again!

“In the afternoon we had more time to look over the data and I was able to evaluate how I had done up to that point. I was able to talk to Brandon and the mechanics about what can be done and what I am doing wrong, but also what to focus on for the next session.”

The afternoon would see Logan now making some setup changes to the car as well focusing on certain areas of the track to improve on lap times. Being able to work successfully with engineers doesn’t come so quickly to all drivers new to cars, like Logan, but her skills from the UAE F4 championship were evident at this point and it was smiles all round by the end of the day.

“I was happy with how the first day went and how I was able to keep it on track the whole day and not cause any problems, but moving into the second day I was wanting to get the car moving about more and being able to use that to my advantage to position the car where I wanted it to go.”

Day Two
Overnight Logan had developed a blister on her hand which could have hindered her test on the second day but thankfully this problem was something she had experienced before.

“Over the first day it was just a hot spot and I had experienced this at Abu Dhabi when I did my first race weekend at Yas Marina but I didn’t think much of it, until during one of the sessions my hand was really causing a problem. Thankfully I was able to push it aside and focus on the task ahead but when coming into the pits I had realised that not only had a blister formed but it had also popped. We were able to solve this by getting some proper heavy duty blister plasters and a change of gloves.”

Heading into day two it was back to work and chasing lap times. With the Arden F4 drivers out the week previously Logan was able to look at data from Red Bull Junior, Jack Doohan, and use that to help here improve her own lap times which she was happy with by the end. However, like a true racer she immediately was looking for where she could improve.

“For my first time being in the car and at Croft I was reasonably happy to get to where I got. I would have liked to of been a little closer to race pace but with the blister and lack of experience it will have to be something I look to do next time I’m in the car.”

The day ended with Logan and Abbie doing some practice starts. This was something Logan had experience from in UAE F4 so she focused on her technique and how she could improve before her first race.

“I had done starts before in the UAE and was able to get away in all but one, with the starts at the test I was just focused on the technique and what would be able to work for me.”

With a successful test complete Logan is almost ready to go racing and she already feels confident enough to be battling with some of the experienced drivers towards the back of the field!

“I would probably like a little bit more time in the seat, but I feel over the race weekend I would grow and get more confident in the car. Realistically I might be initially mixing it up with the chasing pack but ultimately my number one goal is to end up fighting for podiums and wins.”

Until then it will be back in the sim to find new ways to improve on those lap times! Steve Hutchinson, TBOS Global: “Two very successful testing days at the Croft circuit in a British F4 for Logan, completing around 200 faultless laps over 2 days. Great progress made with each session building and improving on the last, good feedback on the car and delivery from her race engineer ensured techniques improved along with impressive lap times. A really good test with all the boxes ticked, speed, intelligence to deliver from the data and great fitness levels.”

F4: Logan Hannah reflects on a successful few days testing at Croft Circuit ahead of her F4 debut

Posted by CircuitProDigital | Jul 18, 2018 | Breaking News, Dubai, Formula4, Logan Hannah Race Blog|

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Logan Hannah, UAE's bright young motorsports star is in training for her next big adventure intp UK F4

My recent 2 days of testing at Croft Circuit with Arden Motorsport in UK have been a challenging but a really valuable experience.

Having not driven any type of race since December last year when I competed in Round 1 of the UAE F4 Championship, I headed into these 2 day’s of testing feeling both nervous and excited for the new challenge ahead.

The British F4 car is quite different to the UAE F4 car as both the chassis and engine suppliers are not the same and each car handles and performs in different ways so my main goal for the end of this 2 day’s testing was to firstly get used to the British F4 car but to also to start building a solid working relationship with the Arden Mechanics and Engineers that were supporting me throughout the 2 days and hopefully when I start racing in British F4.

On Day 1, I started out initially feeling excited and ready to go but also slightly anxious but as the day went on I quickly progressed with my understanding on the handling and movement of the actual car compared to the Arden simulator. Day 1 went really well overall and I was happy to finish the day having completed a lot of clean and fast laps.

On Day 2 of the testing in the first session of the morning, I was able to quickly process everything I had learned the previous day and was able to improve on my lap time by a considerable amount. Throughout the 2nd day I continued to make great steps forward in all aspects of my driving technique and track lines.

In the afternoon I developed a painful blister on my left hand which could have been a mental distraction but I was still able to keep pushing 100% in the car till the final session improving on my lap times and overall driving performance. To finish off we practised standing starts on the grid which was a lot of fun and provided me with an insight of what to expect when I hopefully line up in my first competitive British F4 race. Overall the 2 days were an amazing experience and I can’t wait for the next one!

BBC News Scotland - Logan Hannah is making motorsport history

An interview with BBC News Scotland and Logan Hannah

Logan Hannah was interviewed on BBC News Scotland, watch the video, below.

The National

How 16-year-old Logan Hannah is making a name for herself in the world of motor sport

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Logan Hannah at the Yas Marina circuit. Courtesy Adriano Coutinho
The teenager has her sights set on a career in racing. Funding her dream is among the challenges that lie ahead

It’s rare to meet any 16-year-old who knows exactly what they want to do for the rest of their life. And it’s rarer still to meet a girl that age who has not only set her sights on being a ­racing driver, but has already represented her adopted country, the UAE, in ­motor-sport competition. ­Lewis Hamilton might still be punching the air after being declared Formula 1 World Champion for the fourth time, but even he had to start somewhere. That somewhere is karting. Name a great racing driver, and it’s highly likely they started in kart racing – a popular hobby and sport that’s both fun and highly competitive. Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber and the aforementioned reigning champ – all of them started out on a kart, and hoping to join them in the pantheon of greats is Scottish teenager Logan Hannah. Sixteen and already a regular on the podiums, she’s determined to rise to the dizzy heights of the upper echelons of motor sport, traditionally a space dominated entirely by men. Hannah appears unfazed at the prospect of wading into such crowded and potentially hostile waters. On the contrary, when I sit down with Hannah and her father, Graeme, she’s still abuzz following a successful first outing at Yas Marina’s Grand Prix circuit, during which she experienced a Formula 4 car for the first time. “It went as well as could be expected,” she smiles. “It was my first time on that track. I’d driven it on simulators, so I knew which way the track went and what gears to select when going into the corners. But it’s totally different when you’re doing it for real, dealing with the g-forces, the wind and the heat. After driving that car, though, it’s just made me want to do this even more.”

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How does someone not even of legal age to drive on the roads get into motor racing in the first place? “It started,” recalls Logan, “when my dad was racing in the Radical Middle East championship [a one-make race series that is also the Middle East’s most successful]. I was always at the track, wanting to help and pestering dad to take me with him.” Bitten by the racing bug, she managed to talk him around to the idea of competitive karting and, in 2013, she entered her first race at Dubai Kartdrome. From the very beginning, Hannah stood out because of her methodical, measured approach to racing, and she scored enough points that year to qualify her to represent the UAE in the SWS World Junior Cup Karting Finals at Le Mans in France. That was followed by competing in the UAE’s Rotax Max Challenge, driving for the Sodi Middle East team. Last year, though, was when things really started to come together. In January, she was selected to join the Young Racing Driver’s Academy (YRDA) – a significant accomplishment for anyone in only their second season of racing. Last year, she also relocated from Dubai, after living in the city for 10 years, to Glasgow in Scotland. Her father has remained here, as he works in Abu Dhabi as a manager for Emirates Global Aluminium. Hannah and the rest of the family come over whenever they can, and the UAE winter months will make ideal conditions for spending time on track. Last year, she also took third place overall in the Al Ain Raceway Challenge Trophy, reached the finals of the Ginetta Junior Scholarship competition and won Karting Magazine’s Female Driver of the Year award. The success has continued this year, which brought with it new opportunities, one of which is entering the world of “formula” racing via F4 – the logical, progressive next step for any successful kart racer.    Read more

Logan's F4 debut

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Logan Hannah is set to make her debut in an F4 UAE Tatuus race car

Sixteen-year-old Logan Hannah is set to make her debut in an F4UAE Tatuus race car after confirming her first official test day Yas Marina Circuit later this month. Hannah will debut with the SILBERPFEIL Energy Dubai team on October 27, which is the first official day of pre-season testing for the six-round 2017/18 F4UAE Championship powered by Abarth. Having spent the summer months in the UK, the Dubai resident has been honing her race craft in a Ginetta Juniors testing and simulator program with Richardson Racing, Formula 4 simulator training at Arden Motorsport in Banbury with the YRDA (Young Racing Driver Academy), plus extensive karting racing in Scotland and at the UAE’s Dubai Kartdrome. One week prior to her first test, Hannah is set to travel back to Arden for a full day of F4 simulator training, specifically on the Yas Marina Circuit configuration. This will assist in increasing the teenager’s familiarity and expectations of the circuit before sitting in the SILBERPFEUIL Tatuus race car for the first time on track. “To be given the opportunity to test a Formula 4 car in the UAE is such a huge honour,” said Hannah. “Driving at Yas Marina Circuit, where I have been watching my dad race Radicals since I was 10 years old, is also something I had always wished for. So a big thanks to Kevin Day for giving me the opportunity to go out and show what I can do with the SILBERPFEIL Energy Dubai team. “As a race driver I’ve always wanted to be recognised for my abilities and not by any boundaries that may define me, and without my family’s support and encouragement I wouldn’t be here. They’ve given up so much for me to be where I am now,” concluded Hannah. With hopes to have a career in open-wheelers in the USA or Europe, Hannah will use the F4UAE test to help make her official transition from karting to single seater racing while setting realistic expectations on growing accustomed to both the car’s handling plus the unique track conditions in the Middle East. The 16-year-old will also look at other potential testing options in December at the Dubai Autodrome, which would complete the racer’s experience on both F4UAE championship circuits. Team owner of the SILBERPFEIL Energy Dubai team, Kevin Day, welcomed Hannah back to the team in which she first began as a karter. “It's great for us to have Logan join us for the official test as she started her karting career with us a few years ago,” said Day. “We have always monitored her progress after she has raced across the UK and the UAE in karting and Ginetta Juniors. For her to come back to us for her first single seater test is an honour.” The F4UAE Championship kicks off at the Home of F4UAE, Yas Marina Circuit, for the official pre-season test on October 27-28, before the first round of the Championship begins in anger as a support category to the Gulf 12 Hours on December 13-16 at the Abu Dhabi Formula 1 circuit.

Logan returns to compete in UAE Karting

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Logan returns to compete in UAE Karting

This weekend at Al Ain International Raceway , Logan was competing in the Final Round 13 of the UAE Rotax Max Challenge karting series exactly one year on from her last RMC race and where it had all originally started for her karting career in 2014.

Following 2 days of track testing at Al Ain International Raceway supported by her adopted team for this race George Gibbons Motorsport – GGM , Logan was showing some impressive pace and headed into the Friday and Saturday race weekend optimistic for a strong showing in the Rotax Senior Max class.

With the conclusion of the 3 x Heats on Friday, Logan had put in some strong controlled drives, qualifying her 5th overall to start the Pre-Final on Saturday morning and it was to be a successful return to her UAE karting home for Logan with a well-deserved and hard fought 2nd place in the Pre-Final and an equally impressive drive to a 3rd place podium finish in the Grand Final.

Logan’s podium result was made even sweeter as her main sponsor, Patent Chemicals are also based in the UAE.

Logan impresses in recent Ginetta Junior test at Silverstone Circuit.

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Ginetta Junior

Following on from her positive Ginetta Junior Scholarship performance at Blyton Park in late 2016, Logan was once again behind the wheel of a Ginetta G40 Junior race car for her first full day of testing and driver coaching with the Richardson Racing team.

During the general morning sessions, Logan spent considerable time lapping the track with her driver coach Kieran Vernon as well as reviewing her driver data together looking for development areas to improve her driving technique and car control. In the afternoon sessions, Logan then ventured out on her own with other more experienced Junior race drivers where she gained some further valuable practice in the art of safe overtaking and defending on a particularly busy track test day.

Further test days are planned throughout the year for Logan to further build on her impressive showing in the Ginetta Junior race car with one possible option being considered for her to enter one or more later rounds of the 2017 Ginetta Junior Championship.

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Logan kicks off 2017 Rotax Senior Max campaign with podium

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Race Result

There was a positive start to Logan’s 2017 karting season at Larkhall circuit on Sunday the 19th February. Round 1 of the WSKC Championship saw Logan line up on the Rotax Senior Max grid for the first time since moving up from Junior class and despite challenging wet track conditions she produced an overall solid display with a well-deserved 3rd place in the Final.

Round 2 of the WSKC Championship will take place at Larkhall on the 19th of March where Logan will be looking to continue challenging near the front in this strong field of fast and experienced drivers.
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Logan receives major boost for upcoming 2017 campaign from new partner Patent Chemicals.

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New partner Patent Chemicals

Following on from an impressive karting season in 2016, Logan will be targeting further success on and off the track for 2017 where she will continue racing karts in Rotax Senior Max and testing race cars in Ginetta Juniors, so securing valuable sponsorship deals are essential for her to continue developing and climbing up the motorsports ladder.

Andrew Holmes, Director of Patent Chemicals…"Patent Chemicals is proud to support Logan in the development of her racing career. As a relatively young company, Patent Chemicals sees many parallels between Logan's efforts to break into the world of motor racing and our own entry into the oil and gas production chemicals industry. We are truly impressed with Logan's dedication to the sport of motor racing and her commitment to achieve excellence. We very much look forward to being a part of her team for the 2017 season."

Logan added….“When I first heard that Patent Chemicals were interested in supporting my driving career, I was really proud especially as they are a company based in the UAE where I started racing karts back in 2014, so it is extra special for me to continue representing the UAE now that I am doing most of my racing in the UK. I look forward to working with Andrew and the team at Patent Chemicals during my 2017 race season and will work hard to repay them for the commitment they have shown to me. I am also really excited about returning to race karts again in the UAE this April for the final round of the RMC Championships at Al Ain Raceway, I can’t wait!”
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Logan Hannah wins Female Driver of the Year Award

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Logan Hannah wins Female Driver of the Year Award

On Monday 19th December it was announced that Logan Hannah was the 2016 Karting magazine Female Driver of the Year. The Award, which ran for the first time in 2015, was previously won by Alicia Goundry with Logan Hannah being one of three runners up. This year she was able to go one step further and take the award.
Logan has had her best season to date, her results included several podiums both over in Dubai and in the WSKC championship too. She also signed to Arden’s Young Racing Driver Academy and made a good impression at the Ginetta Junior Scholarship.
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Logan is 2017 Ginetta Junior Scholarship Finalist

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Logan is 2017 Ginetta Junior Scholarship Finalist

Logan recently competed in the prestigious 2017 Ginetta Junior Scholarship event and following intensive fitness, media and driving assessments she was selected as one of the finalists from the original qualification entry of 60 x aspiring young drivers and significantly was the only female driver to make it to the finals day of the competition which was eventually won by 15 year old Adam Smalley. Discussions are now ongoing with several of the leading Ginetta Junior Race Teams exploring the opportunity for her do some testing in the race car, preparing her for potentially competing in the 2017 Championship Season.

Ginetta Championships Manager Ashley Gallagher; “It has been another great year for the Ginetta Junior Scholarship. Once again we have unearthed a whole host of new driving talent from a range of motorsport backgrounds, with drivers travelling from across the UK and around Europe to fight for this brilliant prize. It’s always tough to pick just one winner with such a high standard of competition and we wish each of our entrants the very best in their motorsport career.”

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The Ginetta Junior Championship is the UK's Longest running junior series, offering the first step on the motorsport ladder for 14-17 year old racing drivers. Using the multi-disciplined Ginetta G40, it gives aspiring teenage drivers the experience of a lifetime, kick-starting their journey towards racing stardom.

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TaxAssist Accountants to support Logan’s future driving ambitions!

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TaxAssist Accountants to support Logan’s future driving ambitions!

“TaxAssist Accountants in Corstorphine do all the things you’d expect an accountant to do: preparing accounts for limited companies, sole traders and partnerships, payroll, bookkeeping, VAT and self assessments for individuals… but so do most other accountants.

So why is Renee and her team so successful?

It’s because they believe the technical things they do are a given – an accurate set of accounts is the least a customer can expect – and so they concentrate on delivering customer service that they believe is second to none. They really get to know their customers, understand their businesses and then work really hard to help people achieve what they want…

Working with individuals and businesses with turnover up to £2M TaxAssist Accountants provide specialist help and support beyond what most people think of as ‘he norm’ for an accountancy practice.

TaxAssist Accountants has enjoyed a long term relationship with Hannah family and are really proud to be working with Logan to help her achieve her hopes and dreams.”

Logan added….
“I am so thrilled at having the opportunity to represent TaxAssist Accountants both on and off the race track. It is really exciting to have such an enthusiastic partner to work with at this stage of my driving career and I would like to thank Renee and Richard for providing me with such amazing support and encouragement as I keep pushing to reach my ultimate goal of competing at the highest level in motorsports.”

Logan Moves to Saltire Motorsport - Scotland

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Al Ain Raceway Challenge Trophy

Logan relocates from Dubai to Glasgow Scotland but before the RMC season was finished Logan moved up from Rotax Junior Max to Senior Max for the final 2 x Rounds 11 & 12. This move brought Logan her first podium and silverware finishing 3rd in the Al Ain Raceway Challenge Trophy.

Since moving back to the UK, her kart racing is based out of the West of Scotland Kart Club at Larkhall with Saltire Motorsports and she has already competed in Round 4 and 5 of the Club Championships back in Rotax Junior Max. At Round 5 of WSKC Club Championship at Larkhall last weekend Logan competed in her first ever wet race.

Karting Magazine – Runner Up - Female Driver of the Year 2015

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Karting Magazine

Voting for the popular young racer in the UK’s Karting Magazine, ‘Female Driver of the year Award’ resulted in Logan finishing as a top 4 “Runner-Up”, highly credible in only her second year of racing and the only non-UK based driver! No mean feat!

International Recognition & the Arden YRDA Programme

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Logan pictured with Jamie Horner of Arden Racing / YRDA at the December GP2 / GP3 testing sessions at Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi.

Logan’s potential, is self-evident in the red hot competiveness of the UAE Rotax Max challenge, but she has now moved into the international limelight, following a recent visit to the GP2 / GP 3 post season testing days at the iconic Yas Marina circuit, where she met with Jamie Horner from the world famous and highly successful multiple formula motorsport team, Arden International.

Logan made a positive impression with the team so much so, that she has been offered a much sought after place in their prestigious Young Racing Driver Academy (YRDA) in 2016.

The YRDA was launched in the UK in 2013 by leading sports management consultancy, The Business of Sport (TBOS), in association with, Arden International.

YRDA is a motorsport academy that is focused on identifying and nurturing young racing driver talent and providing a pathway from karting into single-seater racing.

YRDA delivers a specialist programme and provides tailored mentoring, marketing and management support to young racing drivers.

YRDA and its programme partners possess wide-ranging expertise and experience across the business of motorsport and are perfectly placed to encourage and assist a young racing driver in maximising his or her on and off track potential.

YRDA’s aim is to identify talented young racing drivers and provide opportunities for those individuals to develop the necessary range of skills, knowledge and level of confidence to fully prepare them to compete to the best of their ability in their chosen feeder series and move towards their ultimate goal of racing in F1.

Jamie Horner Director of TBOS and Founder of the YRDA said “We are delighted that Logan has joined the YRDA. Already in her short career she has displayed the key attributes that we look for in up and coming drivers that we invite to join our programme. We are looking forward to working with her and being a part of her motorsport journey going forward.”

Logan is super excited to have been offered a place in the much vaunted YRDA, but is under no illusion that this is just the first small step in realising her potential and ambition.

Commenting on her first YRDA session, in her usual cool, unflappable manner, Logan said “I was quite nervous on the Saturday morning travelling to Arden not knowing what to expect but once we were there and Steve showed me around I felt more relaxed and ready to start driving in the simulator. For a very first time in the simulator I was overall really happy about how I got used to it and the way that it handled so in my opinion it was really good. My times came down quite quickly and I gradually started to push harder after I got used to the track and the car controls especially the braking and gears downshifting. I really can’t wait for the next session and I hope that now I know the track and car better I will be able to push harder to go quicker and quicker”.

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At her recent Arden YRDA assessment session in the UK, Logan experienced the Arden state of the art simulator

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The 2015 / 16 Season So Far

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Regardless of how the day’s events turn out on track, there can never be any doubt of Logan’s determination and commitment,
wherever she is placed

In what is, after all, only Logan’s second full year of racing, the season opened full of promise, quick lap times, some good qualifying results, close wheel to wheel racing, deft passing manoeuvres, robust defending and increasing confidence all augured well for some solid results and a first podium.

Then, in November, while testing in an open practice session, a senior driver, in a much faster KZ gearbox ‘shifter’ kart was inexplicably allowed to run in the same session as the juniors, and through no fault of her own, the inevitable happened when Logan’s kart was t-boned at high speed, causing a huge accident which really shook up Logan and badly damaged her kart.

But Miss Hannah is made of stern stuff, and within days she was back behind the wheel, in another practice session, clocking times comparable to the fastest of her peers in the Rotax junior class. A true measure of this young lady’s resilience. Despite consistently quick times in subsequent practice sessions, that nasty incident and perhaps the revealed a ‘to-be-expected’ dent in the teenager’s otherwise impenetrable self-confidence in the ensuing Round 4, 5 & 6 races, where uncharacteristically, her driving style vacillated between being “too aggressive……… to not being aggressive enough” as she hunted for that ‘sweet spot’ of controlled aggression and committed overtaking style that is needed to be a consistent frontrunner.

Unfortunately, this hunt resulted in the inevitable but character building telling off from the Clerk of the Course and a visit to the Stewards office as she pushed hard to find where that very fine line is between assertive driving and overly aggressive driving, but that isolated incident aside, Logan’s mature and responsible driving style always exemplifies the Race Officials mantra of “give your competitors racing room and respect’!

While it can be argued that Logan’s personal racing mindset or ‘software’ may not have been operating at 100% in recent races, it is worth noting that her lack of tangible results might also be attributed to ‘hardware’ problems after it was belatedly discovered that despite extensive repairs and jig realignment of Logan’s trusty Sodi chassis after her practice crash, it seems that her kart had not healed from the trauma of that tangle quite as well as first thought.

In fact it now appears that Logan had been running with and hampered by a bent chassis, which in a sport where fractions of a second count, is less than optimal.

But no excuses; Logan doesn’t play the usual racing driver game of ‘could have’, ‘should have’ or ‘would have’ and no one knows better than her, what she needs to achieve in the second half of the season.

So with the end of the season in sight and a new chassis being prepped in the team workshop, 2016 will be a telling time for a re-energised Logan Hannah. Odds on a podium anyone?