He was propelled into the spotlight of the Virtual Grand Prix Championship when he was handed a race seat at 18 as a result of team-mate Scott Parsons' rally accident. He's already scored his first podium while on loan at Mathershaw and is now up against reigning World Champion Nathaniel Powers at Downton, and holding his own. These are some of the things you probably already know about Marcus Thunder. But there's plenty more you don't know, like his love of chocolate, the smell of fresh rain, and his many many fears...
Q: What keeps you awake at night?
Marcus Thunder: When I'm at home, it's the bloody bird that's found itself a home outside my window!
Q: If you could banish one thing from your life - for the rest of your life - what would that be?
MT: Losing. (laughs) No, it'd have to be illness. So no-one I ever cared about were to ever get seriously ill.
Q: What’s been your most valuable ‘life’ lesson?
MT: Everything happens for a reason.
Q: What do you admire?
MT: I admire a lot, skills mostly I suppose. Like rally drivers, what they do is insane!
Q: If you could give your younger self some advice what would it be?
MT: To ignore idiots. There are always people who try and stand in your way, or just make life a nuisance for you. I know it's hard, but ignore them, you'll end up in a better place. You don't need people like that.
Q: If your racing career ended after this season what would you do with the rest of your life?
MT: Wow, what a horrific thought, I'm only 19! Um, I have no idea. I'd probably have to find a job somewhere else in motor-racing, it's in my blood. But thankfully I'm already signed to Downton next season, so I'm all right. (laughs)
Q: What animal would you most like to be?
MT: A cheetah, because they're quick.
Q: What is more important in life than winning?
MT: There's something more important than winning? (laughs) I'd have to say good health, and having good people around you. Enjoying life, a few things, but winning is good as well!
Q: What would you spend your last dollar on?
MT: I don't know as I'd spend it, I'd save it or invest it, so then I had more money.
Q: What is your greatest weakness?
MT: I wear my heart on my sleeve, it can be pain, but also a blessing.
Q: What is your favourite smell?
MT: Fresh rain!
Q: What’s your ultimate comfort food?
MT: Chocolate. Always chocolate.
Q: What’s the first thing you do when you get home after a race?
MT: Relax. I like to have a go on the playstation actually, or read a book. Whatever I'm in the mood for. If I've been away for a long time I'll also ask mum to cook me a decent roast dinner!
Q: What scares you?
MT: How long have you got? (laughs) Spiders, snakes, wasps, bees, heights - no, falling - um, anything that can hurt me really! Oh, and dog's, I'm not fond of dogs. When I was little - about five, so very little - an enormous one jumped up at me. I've been nervous of them since.
Q: When were you happiest?
MT: When Bradley called to tell me I had a race seat. Obviously I was devastated to learn the circumstances - I get on really well with Scott and he's been really helpful - but I was over the moon to find out I'd be racing!
Q: What’s the best advice you have been given?
MT: When one door closes another one opens.
Q: If you had to stay in one place for the rest of your life, where would it be?
MT: Probably England, in the same town and house I've lived my whole life! Away from England, Majorca. I love the island and have been there on holiday every year I can remember!