THERE IS a young British racing driver who shares an uncanny connection with his F1 hero Lewis Hamilton. His name is also Lewis and his father’s name is Anthony – just like Hamilton’s dad. Lewis Appiagyei, 16, from London is also a racing driver born on the 7th, just like world champion Hamilton.
Last week Lewis and Anthony (Appiagyei) walked through the doors of McLaren just as the Hamiltons did many years ago It was like history repeating itself or lightning striking in the same spot twice. If Lewis Appiagyei goes on to sign for McLaren then his destiny of becoming a world champion will be hard to bet against.
Lewis Appiagyei also stands at 1.74m tall, yes the same height as the six-time world champion.
On numerous occasions in the past, Lewis Appiagyei finished his races in the same position as his idol, racing on the same day/race weekend.
Young Lewis has predicted that he’s going to be an F1 champion in the future.
He first made the news as a seven-year-old go-karting child prodigy. He broke several track records and won championships as he moved up the ranks. He is the current junior champion at Buckmore Park (Winter Series), one of the breeding grounds of British motor racing legends.
Over the years, the protege has amassed a tally of records for fastest laps and race wins, one of which includes a Guinness World record for sim racing. He also holds a record for one of the fastest laps on Buckmore Park, the race circuit owned by the late John Surtees. The record he set back in 2012 still stands today.
Just as Anthony Hamilton introduced his son to radio controlled car racing, Anthony Appiagyei introduced his offspring to sim racing on his Playstation Portable.
Both Lewis’ were just seven when they were introduced to the world for their racing skills. Hamilton appeared on BBC’s children’s programme Blue Peter, while Lewis Appiagyei featured on the entire back cover of The Voice for winning back to back races at Brands Hatch.
The similarities they share are startling to say the least. Lewis Appiagyei believes that on some level he has been dealt similar cards as his hero. The first couple of times it happened it seemed just a weird coincidence, but the frequency with which this is happening now is quite astonishing.