Kart star Nikhil Chopra will be joining the grid of the APR Volkswagen Racing Cup for 2021 despite not being old enough to legally drive on the public highways until his second race weekend.

The sixteen-year-old will be racing a four-wheel-drive Golf R32 prepared by Prestige Performance Centre and engineered race weekends by Tony Gilham Racing.

Former Volkswagen Racing Cup Champion Gilham has been giving his guidance to Chopra at Oulton Park and Brands Hatch in pre-season testing.

“Prestige Performance Centre has given me a great opportunity,” says Chopra. “Their technicians’ knowledge of tuning cars is immense, and head technician Keith Davies has a wealth of personal experience in the racing world. He helped Tony Gilham win the championship and also worked three seasons in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB.

“With this amount of back-up I am sure we will have a fighting chance. All I need now is time in the race car to practise and to learn the circuits,” adds Chopra, who has raced karts since he was eight.

Despite being one of the youngest drivers to grace the Volkswagen Racing Cup grid the youngest-ever competitor was Zoe Wenham who raced a Golf GTI 15 days after her 16th birthday.