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Andrew Watson is ready to show off his talent at Spa circuit

By Sammy Hamill

Andrew Watson will be "heading into the unknown" when he makes his debut at the Spa circuit in Belgium this weekend. The 20-year-old student from Donaghmore is part of McLaren's Young Driver programme, competing in the British GT championship with satellite team Von Ryan Racing, and gets his first chance to race on one of the world's most iconic circuits.

Watson, a Ginetta Supercup winner who now shares a McLaren 650S GT3 with Scot Ross Wylie, has prepared for the two-hour race by paying a flying visit to the circuit in the Ardennes forest and practising on his Playstation.

"I went over to Spa for the first time last month and I've been spending a lot of time on my simulator at home so I know roughly where the track goes before I go out for my first lap," said Watson, who finished seventh in the previous round at Silverstone.

"It's arguably the most famous track in the world and it is going to be awesome heading up to Eau Rouge for the first time. I think it's definitely going to be 'a pinch myself' moment.

"My first time on-track will be in Friday's test session but I see my lack of experience at Spa as a real chance for me to show my talents. If I can do a good job after never having been there before it will be a good advertisement for myself."

The race, which also features Portadown driver Hector Lester in a Ferrari, takes place tomorrow starting at 11.15am following practice and qualifying today.

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