My Journey So Far......

I'd always had an interest in cars from an early age. However it wasn't till I'd turned twelve that I really started to take an interest in the sport, watching Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button winning back to back world titles in 2008 & 2009.

This inspired me to embark on my own journey into motor racing. Halfway through the middle of 2009 my parents bought me my first kart on the basis that I race just once a month at the local circuit. This didn't last long, within 5 years I progressed from club level to the British National Championships (Super One) of which I had only ever dreamed of competing in.

 

I spent my first five years racing as a privateer with my Dad, neither of us had any prior experience, everything we learnt during this period was self taught, both driving and kart set up. These were extremely fun years, but tough, we raced as frequently as possible between schooling, exams and family ill health. 

Racing

Off the back of a very successful 2014, I attracted the attention of Jamie Patten (Ex British Champion) and Sean Girdler joint owners of ONE Motorsport. They approached me, asking if I would be interested in helping develop, test and race their newly designed chassis. I naturally revelled in the challenge and spent the majority of 2015 tweaking the frame with the team, picking up wins and podiums to round the season off.

In September 2015 I flew out to America as part of an invitation from George & Alex Vorrilas of Apex Kart Sports based in North Reading, MA. We arrived late Thursday, built the frame up for the weekend and won on the Sunday.

 

All our hard work from the year had paid off and given that I had never raced in America, let alone been to the country before meant we generated a great deal of interest in the chassis following our success. 

 

 

Leading on from our victory George Vorrilas of Apex suggested that the team compete in the Gearup F-Series in North America for 2016. Racing in a partnership with ONE and Apex Kart Sports, my soul focus was on winning the F-Series Championship and I spent several months living in the States to make it a reality. 

What would be my next step?

 

2017 was a very testing, but very successful season for myself. Highlights such as a 2nd place finish in the British Nationals at Silverstone and a 9th place finish overall in the championship have been received well in my debut year.

2018 has been extremely successful so far, you can keep up to date with all my latest progress via my social media accounts or alternatively in the ‘news’ section.

 

I’m already in the process of planning 2019, you can check out my ‘future ambitions’ to race over in America below.

F U T U R E   A M B I T I O N S . . . . .

 

 

A New Chapter....

In October 2016, I made the decision to move up into cars to further pursue my career in the sport. 

After an extremely successful season in karts, I would round off 2016 by competing in the largest Formula Ford race in the world, the Walter Hayes Trophy at Silverstone. Nearing the end of November, I also had a great opportunity to test at Snetterton in a Radical SR3 as we looked at potential options for next season.

 

After much deliberation we set our sights on Formula Ford in 2017, competing in the British Nationals and the Castle Combe Club Championship with Kevin Mills Racing.

 

 

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