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 were well received in my debut year.

2018 was an extremely successful year. Below are a summary of achievements....

🔺Mazda Road To Indy Shootout Finalist

🔺2nd in the British National Championship 

🔺1st in the Tourist Trophy National Championship

🔺2nd in the Triple Crown Trophy National championship 

🔺Four Times Champion of Brands, and Bert Ray Memorial Trophy Winner 

🔺Double Podium Finisher on Debut race in America and F2000

🔺2018 Motorsport Awards Nominee for ‘Star of the Future’ 

🔺10 Race Wins at Brands Hatch, Silverstone, Oulton Park & Castle Combe - 20%

🔺29 Podiums at Brands Hatch, Silverstone, Oulton Park, Castle Combe, Donington Park, Croft & Kirkistown - 59%

🔺14 Fastest Laps - 29% 

🔺10 Pole Positions - 20%

🔺39 Top 6 Finishes - 80% 

🔺43 Top 10 Finishes - 88% 

🔺5 DNF’s - 10% 

🔺49 - Races In Total

2019

After just missing out on winning the $200,000 Mazda Road to Indy Scholarship, I set my sights on trying to raise sponsorship and funds to race in the USF2000 series. I managed to get most of the necessary foundations in place to be able to run the season. However, still uncertain of whether I could get funding for the whole year and having put a lot of sleepless nights getting everything in place, eventually took its toll on me. Unfortunately it led to me taking some time out in the first half of the season.

 

When I finally got back in a race car I felt better than ever. I took part in the last few rounds of the FF1600 British Nationals, winning a race at every track. I would round at the season finishing 4th in the Formula Ford Festival (out of 70 plus cars) and 6th in the Walter Hayes Trophy (out of 100 plus cars).

2020

It's been an odd year so far, for everyone I guess. Myself and my girlfriend travelled to Australia late 2019 for a few months, but ended up getting stuck when the pandemic got really bad. This has meant no racing so far, prioritising our health and safety first. It has however, given us time to think and plan ahead for the future when things improve.

I would love to continue my career up the motorsport ladder, but it remains to be seen if it is financially possible, and sadly does depend on finding some more backing. If I could achieve this, I believe I have the talent to enable me to compete and win at the highest level.

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.

 

 

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

 

 

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