The combination of those things enabled me to get to where I got to.
"As a kid you think you can do anything and then as I became a teenager I realised how difficult it was going to be, but I still wanted to do it, so I set my mind to it.
"I was lucky that I was surrounded by family, friends, wider family who supported me, and got involved with people like David Leslie, senior and junior, and Jackie Stewart.
Dressed smartly in a belted jacket over jeans, he readies himself for the photographer by sweeping his fingers through his curly hair.
"I do like to keep a low profile," he says, with a laugh.
"I'm lucky that when I come home I can blend in and that's nice.