I started kart racing in 1984 with friend and now British Touring
Car driver Warren Hughes. We both had the worst of kit and invariably
spent many a Sunday chatting on the sidelines when the rest of
the field were running reliably. Warren chose the route of professional
driver whilst I opted for a career in the family business. Warren's
rise to his high level of success is well documented.
My return to motor sport however would wait another 12 years.
Having spent several years previous on track days notably with
Graham Clark's RMA outfit I has the opportunity in 1996 to acquire
and race the ex Mark Peters European Challenge Ferrari 355. Three
races in the domestic Ferrari series with 2 podiums gave me the
conviction to run a full series in 1997. The turning point of this
season was after leading the championship being unable to run on
the European rounds as I still held a novice licence! Despite this
I finished 3rd in the UK series and was offered a drive in the
British Team of the European West Ferrari Challenge by Ferrari
UK for 1998.
Decided to sign for team firstair in the inaugral season of the
mgf cup. 15 national champions in a field of 30 drivers sure to
by the best way to learn racing wheel to wheel!! And it certainly
was as former formula first champion James Rhodes team-mate it
was a baptism of fire. Big learning curve finishing 16th out of
30 man and woman field.
1999 and back with Warren Hughes who signed fir Ian Barnwell's
outfit. Qualifying in top ten now and some good results notably
at Brans Hatch getting up to 7th in championship before leaving
the team in the summer of 1999.
2000 saw a run out in the Privilege British GT Championship in
the Cirtek Porsche 911 GT3R at croft finishing in 6th place. This
was followed by a run out at Zolder in Belgium in the FIA GT round
finishing in 7th place in the 3 hour classic.
I was due to race in the 2001 Monza 1000 kms in the World Sportscar
Championship in a Tampolli Nissan but was forced to withdraw with
a broken arm.
Mugello on Italy was the venue for a 2 day test in 2002 with Harlow
Motor sport running a 911GT3R with Robin Lidell and Fabio Babini.
In July 2005 I teamed up with local driver Gary Robertshaw at
Cadwell Park in his Radical SR3 1300 prototype to contest the
Radical Festival. We finished 6th in class albeit running against
the more powerful 1500 engined cars. The outright lap record
of the famous circuit was broken during our race by a V8 powered
Robin Mortimer an old Ferrari adversary and owner of Team RPM was kind enough to invite me for a test in June 2007 at Donnington in his Championship Winning Radical SR3 1500.
Subsequent to the test in August 2007 an opportunity arose to partner Clint Bardwell (ex GT lights driver) in another of Team RPM's cars at Croft.
Results of 6th and 5th were achieved on a sunny afternoon's racing at the north yorkshire circuit.