Protyre Ginetta GT5 Challenge







Racing History:

I have been karting for almost 6 years and got into it via my 11th birthday. I had a karting party and did about 9 months doing indoor karting learning the basics. Ready to take the next step my family and I went to the auto sport show and got a hold of a few contacts to move to the next step. Not long after I got my first kart and raced at club level and then just before the summer of that same year I took my ARKS test and from there went MSA racing. I did two years in Iame cadet learning my race craft and from there I moved up to junior and mini X30 when I was 13. 

For a year I did both mini and junior X30 as I struggled to get seat time and doing two classes on the same weekend it doubled my track time allowing me to learn more. After a successful year in mini coming 3rd in the inaugural TVKC championship, I stayed with doing just junior X30. My second year of doing junior was a continuous learning curve and slowly moving up the field. The first half of my third year (2019) I had managed to work my way up to the back of the front pack and it wasn’t long before I got my first win which was the PF plate and following that success I won the classic cup. Also, I came 17th overall in the British kart championships and top rookie. Coming into 2020 I moved up to senior X30 and it is been a very solid start to the year with some good results and putting me in good stead for the rest of the year.

What is your career highlight so far?

My career highlights so far are:

  • Ladies day at TVKC every year where myself and my dad dress the kart up in pink and go around the paddock getting people to sign my kart pods and donate towards cancer research. Last year we managed to raise over £750 across two days.

  • Winning the PF plate at PFi

  • Winning the Classic Cup at PFi

  • When doing Mini and Junior X30 together, finish the race in one and running around to the grid and going straight back out in the other.

Who are your motorsport heroes and why?

Lewis Hamilton for his finesse and precision execution.

Lando Norris for his charisma.

Ben Barnicoat for his diversity of driving different cars and to being able to adapt quickly to different driving conditions.

What are your favourite cars/teams/liveries from motorsport history?

Favourite cars are the cars from the 1960’s/70’s era of motorsport from F1 cars to GT to compact cars. I like these cars because of the raw engine power and driving experience.

Favourite teams are Mercedes F1, Rebellion Racing and Aston Martin Racing.

My ultimate liveries are the Rebellion Racing 2019 Le Mans number 3 car, 2009 Brawn GP livery, police car colours and Simon Pagenaud’s 2019 winning Indy 500 Penske racing car.

What is your dream career in motorsport?

Ultimately, I would love to race at Le Man and do endurance racing in either the GT cars or LMP cars because it is the true test of man and machine.

What are your hobbies outside of motorsport?

Outside of motorsport I enjoy field hockey, swimming, fitness, gym and restoring classic cars.

Tell us something that people wouldn’t have known about you?

When I was younger and before my racing career took off I got into county swimming and hockey.

Quickfire Quiz:

  • Favourite TV Show: Only Fouls and Horses and Mrs Brown’s Boys

  • Favourite band/artist: Either Queen or Eminem

  • Favourite movie: Top Gun

  • Dream car (on track): Either a Jaguar D-type or 2019 Aston Martin Vantage GTE

  • Dream car (off track): 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350

  • Sports teams you support: England Hockey, Richardson Racing, and Mercedes F1

  • Who would you like to play you in a film of your life: Chris Hemsworth

  • One thing you’d like to learn in life: how to weld

  • Best holiday destination you’ve been to: Mexico

  • Describe yourself in three words: Analytic, self-motivated and organised.

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