The search for the next Lewis Hamilton is under way in Wigan

The man who discovered Lewis Hamilton is on the search for motorsport’s next big talent – and it’s taking place in the north west of England.

Bill Sisley, who took a young Hamilton under his wing, now runs a karting school at the Three Sisters Circuit in Wigan.

He has trained more than 20 British karting champions and is on the lookout for the next big thing.

Bill Sisley has a keen eye for motorsport talent (Credit: Autocar)

His biggest claim to fame though is when he spotted Hamilton, who went on to become one of the most successful F1 racers of all time.

“I first spotted Lewis in his first kart race as an eight-year-old cadet and after only a few laps he stood out as a special talent,” Sisley said.

“Throughout his karting career, I advised him on a career path and on how to deal with the media. He is a once-in-a-generation talent and his seven Formula One World Championship victories back that up.”

Sisley – who also played a part in the career of another F1 champion, Jenson Button – has been involved in the Kart Racing industry for more than 50 years.

The Three Sisters Circuit is renowned for its difficult, tight corners

His Kart School, formed in 1976, has trained a host of young kart drivers who have moved up to the higher echelons of motorsport.

Originally based at Buckmore Park in Kent, the former kart racer has since moved his trade to Greater Manchester, taking the reigns of the Wigan-based school.

Through their Junior Karting Scholarship, the Bill Sisley Karting School is on the lookout for the future stars of motorsport.

The hunt is always on for motorsport’s biggest stars at Three Sisters

The scholars will be provided with all the tools at The Three Sisters to follow in the footsteps of those who paved the way before them.

Could the next Lewis Hamilton be unearthed in the north west of England?