“The 16-year-old Roush Performance driver in Pirelli World Challenge’s GTS class has been a revelation this season. He spoke to David Malsher about his improvements, his technique, and his aims for the future.

Just as I dislike the work of Miles Davis but acknowledge his brilliance as a trumpeter, I disagree with the whole principle of Balance of Performance yet believe that Pirelli World Challenge’s competition director Marcus Haselgrove is some sort of genius.

He could scarcely have done a better job this year. The GT class cars produce broadly equal lap times, despite us all knowing there is no way in hell that a Cadillac ATS-V.R should be able to lap a track like Laguna Seca at the same pace as a McLaren 650S.

And the GTS class is something else again. There is a natural difference in the way a little GT4-spec car like a KTM X-Bow or SIN R1 is going to produce its pace compared with a Ford Mustang or Chevrolet Camaro, yet these very different types of machine seem to be locked in constant combat. The result is that the GTS races produce some of the most compelling racing on this continent.”

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