It is hard to imagine a more exciting and successful season than the one just gone: 24 races in 6 different cars, with 11 wins, 13 poles, 16 fastest laps and 17 podiums.Ferrari 458 GTC Britcar Endurance Championship 7 wins 10 poles 10 fastest laps 12 podiums Class 2 and Overall Champions Maserati 6CM 2 wins 1 second (Goodwood Revival) 2 poles 2 fastest laps Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 Rolex 24 at Daytona, finished Aston Martin GT4 2 wins 3 fastest laps Mazda RX7 1979 Goodwood 72 Members meeting, DNF Mazda MX5 Mission Motorsport Race of Remembrance Pole Fastest lap.
A huge highlight is the class 2 and overall Championship win in the Britcar Endurance Championship with David Mason OBE in his fabulous Ferrari 458 GTC run by top Ferrari team FF Corse. It all came down to the last lap of the last round at night around the frenetic twists and turns of Donington Park National circuit. And after a season long battle we won it by 1 point!! Other highlights were the Rolex 24 at Daytona in Florida driving the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 car with the North American works team TRG.
Although we did not get a great result we did finish and it was great to be back on the ultra-high speed Daytona bankings. Driving Sean and Laura Danaher’s mind blowing 1938 Maserati 6CM Grand Prix car was another fantastic privilege. We have now raced 8 times with 3 wins, two seconds, 3 thirds, 2 poles and 2 fastest laps. Goodwood Revival ranks high with 3rd place last year and 2nd this year. Can we go to the top in 2015? Although not so great for the crowd, I am praying for rain as I think we can overcome the capacity, power and torque advantage of the very quick and well driven 2 litre ERAs.
The 72nd Members Meeting at Goodwood in the 1979, Spa 24 hour winning (1981), Mazda RX7 was another event not to be missed. Lovely machinery and huge enthusiasm made up for the only DNF of the season. Boy, was that car loud!! Another great event was the Classic Race Aarhus in northern Denmark. We were guests of Lord Gregory and Anthea Thornton and the highlights for me were driving Gregory's fantastic and very fast Chevron B24 Formula 5000 car. It was running over 600 bhp and we were topping 160 mph round the streets of Aarhus.
The other car I drove was Jack Brabham's Brabham Repco (rather poignantly on the day he died). It was a beautiful car to drive - many thanks Ron Maydon. And finally, the Mission Motorsport Race of Remembrance is one you should put in your diary for next year. Set to the amazing backdrop of the Snowdonia mountains, Anglesey circuit is a challenging and fun circuit and supporting our wounded service men and women should be close to all our hearts. Next season is shaping up well with the season confirmed in the Ferrari with David. All being well, the Maserati will roar again with me at the wheel and several other opportunities are in the offing. Watch this space! I can’t wait!!