Grand Prix for film competition winners

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Budding filmmaker George Peck had star treatment last weekend, with unlimited access to the Italian Grand Prix paddock after winning a national award.

The 17-year-old snapper and keen filmmaker from Wirksworth championed a competition to produce a road safety advert with a team of friends, and as a reward they were all taken to Monza to go behind the scenes of the Italian race - as well as £4,000 towards filming equipment.

The project started in June when George was inspired to enter the competition by his then headteacher David Baker – an avid motorsports fan, so George enlisted his friends as actors and devised a film, which can be seen on YouTube.

George, who is just entering year 13 at Anthony Gell School, said: “I liked the sound of it because I do quite a bit of filming and photographer and I thought it would be fun.

The team of school friends, including Raoul Nash, Grace Cole, Ryan Pressley, Charlotte Ames and Regan Cooper devised a video aimed at young people, on the theme of paying attention while driving, depicting some friends who are dicing with danger, but luck doesn’t last forever.

And out of hundreds of entries, the team came joint first, and were sent to Monza last weekend, where they rubbed shoulders with the stars.

George said: “After the qualifiers on Saturday we met Lewis Hamilton. It was a dream come true – a real privilege to be given such access to the areas that are reserved for the teams and sponsors.

“On the Saturday and Sunday we had tickets for the main pit straight, at the podium and for the Mercedes garage,” said the stars truck racing fan, who was also interviewed by Sky Sports on the day.

“We were metres away from Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen, Niki Lauda, David Coulthard and Suzi Perry.

“And actually we had no idea but George Lucas and Nico Rosberg were talking just metres behind our backs!”

The team meats FIA President Jean Todt and MSA CEO Rob Jones.

The team meats FIA President Jean Todt and MSA CEO Rob Jones.

Click here to see George’s team in action