Like many of today's stars, Lars began his motor racing career in karts. He began racing in 1990 and enjoyed immediate success. In 1991 Lars finished 3rd in both the British and British Open Cadet championships behind the victorious Jenson Button, now a Formula One superstar. Making swift progress up the racing ladder Lars competed in the top junior class in 1994, the Junior ICA championships. He became Vice British Champion (coming second to current BAR F1 test driver Anthony Davidson) and British Open Champion (beating Jenson Button in the process) despite competing on the smallest budget.Lack of finance left Lars unable to race in 1995, and in the 1996 to 1998 Lars was only able to compete in part seasons in Formula A, the highest class of karting. Lars used this time to apply himself more to his education, but maintained his focus on a successful career in motor racing. In 1998, at just 19 years of age, he was nominated by his old secondary school, The Willink, to become a school governor, a position he still fills.Still on a limited budget for 1999 Lars won one of the UK's biggest prizes, the Formula A British Open Championships, the result of which was a team drive for the rest of the season and an entry into the biggest racing scholarship in the UK: the ELF backed Fast-track Scholarship where the winner receives £100,000 of racing tuition in France at the world famous La-Filiere Racing school in Le-Mans. This team drive allowed Lars to show his real potential as a driver, finishing the 1999 season in style and winning the highly prized Fastrack Scholarship where he was selected by 5 times Le-Mans winner Henri Pescarolo to represent Great Britain at La-Filiere for the 2000 season. This was a fitting tribute to Lars' natural talent and determination in the face of the much larger budgets of some of the other competitors. By the end of 2000 Lars had finished the season as the highest place non-French driver, in fourth position, after accumulating two race wins, three pole positions, four fastest laps, two second and four third place finishes, and second place in the seasons finale at the Zuhai International race in Hong-Kong. This was all despite racing with a broken thumb for 5 races and a plaster cast (meaning he couldn't grip the steering wheel properly) and 4 mechanical failures, one when on pole position at Magny-Cours. 2001 saw only a couple of successful outings in the BARC Formula Renault Championship again due to financial problems.Lars believes that to become a truly exceptional motor racing driver, a good understanding of the technology is essential. With this in mind, he has completed an engineering apprenticeship at The Atomic Weapons Establishment, which boasts the best engineering apprenticeship in the world. At his time there he accumulated many accolades, including ONC and HNC certificates and awards for Public Speaking. He is currently working at Pro drive, where as an engineer, he has worked on the Subaru World rally cars and the Ferrari Maranello GT and also drives for them at track days.
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