A late decision to enter into the opening round of the British F3 at Silverstone proved to be an inspired one for Anxiety UK Young Ambassador Cameron Twynham.
The 17-year old Team West-Tec driver who was diagnosed with anxiety almost three years ago initially headed to his home circuit to use the experience for the forthcoming round of the European F3 Open in July.
But in the glorious bank holiday weekend sunshine Cameron excelled with some fantastic driving and romped home to three podium places coming third in all three races beating many more powerful cars along the way.
The weekend also proved to be a success off the track with Cameron taking further steps in his battle with anxiety.
Despite the close proximity of the family home to the Silverstone track, Cameron and his coach Ollie Millroy booked into a local B&B in order to folow the pattern of their normal pre-race routine.
That was another challenge in itself as Cameron admits.
“This weekend was another small step for me, it was the first time since the start of my anxiety that I had slept away from home without my parents,” said Cameron. “It doesn’t sound much to many people but for me it’s another trigger I have overcome.
“For me I can control my anxiety by identifying and avoiding the triggers and pushing myself in every other area,” he added.
“Collecting three more trophies for the sideboard was a real bonus too!”
Cameron’s story is a familiar one for many people with anxiety disorders but with the support of family and friends and a steely determintation to succeed both on and off the racetrack, this young man is proving to be an inspiration to other young teenagers and adults faced with similar difficulties.
Nicky Lidbetter, CEO of Anxiety UK, added: “Cameron’s success on the track is having a real posiitve impact off it by helping raise awareness of anxiety and encouraging others through his own achievements to believe they can too reach their goals in life.
“We’re proud to have such an amazing young man as a Young Amabassador for Anxiety UK.”