I’ve had two amazing seasons in 2014 and 2015 winning the British Dunlop Endurance Championship overall each year with David Mason in his fabulous class 2 Ferrari 458 Challenge GTC and winning the Continental Trophy Series in Sean and Laura Danaher's stunning 1938 Maserati 6CM Grand Prix car.
I also raced an Aston Martin GT3 in the famous Rolex 24 hours at Daytona in Florida with the North American works team TRG, two different Jaguar XK120s and Simon Orebi Gann's lovely Le Mans bodied Morgan SLR in which we came second in the Championship. A tall order to get anywhere near this in 2016.....
And another great year it was!!
David upgraded to a Ferrari 458 GT3 car and we set about winning the Championship for the third time in a row. Alas, the season started poorly but after a hard fightback in both the Britcar Endurance and Britcar GT and Production Championships we emerged with second place in the former and another Championship win in the latter. Highlights were certainly pole and fastest laps at Oulton Park and Silverstone and various wins and podiums throughout the season.
The Continental Trophy Series had sadly come to an end in 2015 so the focus was to win the two most important races for the Maserati 6CM in the Pre War season. These were the Nuvolari Trophy at the Donington Historic Festival and The Goodwood Trophy at the mind blowing Goodwood Revival.
First up was The Nuvolari Trophy and a hard fought pole position for the first race. In the race it was wringing wet and, carrying a small problem, second place was gratefully received. However the main event was the next day and storming away from second place on the grid the lead grew while the others fought amongst themselves. However, soon I was lapping the tail enders and this was losing me time. The chasers were gaining and this was nearly my undoing. On the second last lap a backmarker held me up and the second placed car dragged past me on the Pit Straight. However I outbraked him 3 corners later and held on for a fantastic win, the first time it had been won by a Maserati.
The second important race was at the Goodwood Revival. Last year I had qualified on pole but, at a power and torque disadvantage to the 2 litre ERAs I had to settle for second place, still a great result at Goodwood. This year the battle for pole was won again. Off the line I made his best race start ever and shot into the lead. And so it stayed till the chequered flag!! A winner at Goodwood and the first time a non ERA had won the Goodwood Trophy for a decade.
New for 2016 was racing with Julian Thomas in his fantastic low drag, light weight E Type Jaguar. We were competing in the Jaguar Classic Challenge and started the season in fine style at Donington with pole, fastest lap and win. And so the season progressed with 4 out of 5 wins in the series including a top level win at Le Mans for Julian driving solo to take us to the Championship win. We also contested the Spa 6 Hours and another two 2 hour races.
I also raced the Morgan SLR in a one off at Spa in Belgium. It was terrible weather but the nimble SLR took everything in its stride and a second place podium was a great result.
While the main focus at the Silverstone Classic was the E Type Jaguar, I also stepped into Mike Norman Smith's great fun BMW 2002ti historic touring car. Class pole and racing with Mike Luck, another great second place podium was very welcome.
And so the season draws to a close. Now I’m looking forward to racing next year. Season seats in the Ferrari, the E Type and the Maserati 6CM are already confirmed and no doubt some other offers will be along shortly.
My other activities include running a track day company Gold Track with my partner Melindi. We’ve just reached the end of our 21st season. We run about 35 events across the UK and at Spa in Belgium. These events are highly popular with participants in road and race cars whether self owned or hired for the day. A typical Silverstone GP track day would see around 95 cars of all sorts enjoying non-competitive track driving fun with safety considerations foremost. Corporate days are a frequent addition to these days enabling guests to experience the thrill of fast lapping on track.
I also have a very busy race and track day driver coaching business. Pupils of all levels of experience are catered for and I can supply one of my two well-known Porsche 968 Club Sport track day cars if the driver has no suitable car themselves. These cars are famous for good handling and feedback while remaining easy to drive. They have also proved highly reliable and are run solely on Motul products. I use Racelogic's Video VBox data and film gathering system to aid understanding and give the driver a record of the days activities.
All in all I spend over 150 days a year on track and am very proud to be an ambassador for Motul and many other well-known motor sport and non motor sport names, among them Brian James Trailers, Dunlop Tyres, Video VBox, Grand Prix Racewear, MacConnal Mason Art Galleries, Powerflex suspension bushes, Complete Environmental Solutions, Walero race underwear, Porsche Centre Silverstone, Mission Motorsport, Dodo Juice car detailing products, REIS Insurance Services and Quaife Gearboxes and Differentials.
And finally a huge thank you to David Mason, Sean and Laura Danaher, Julian Thomas, Simon Orebi-Gann and Mike Norman-Smith for the opportunities and fun in 2016. Here's to another great season in 2017.
The 2016 season results table.
Ferrari 458 GT3
GT and Production Championship: Champions Class 1
2 fastest laps
4 wins (class and overall)
Britcar Endurance Championship: Second Class 1
2 fastest laps
Maserati 6CM Grand Prix car:
Winner Nuvolari Trophy (first Maserati to claim Trophy)
Winner Goodwood Trophy (first non ERA win for a decade)
Low Drag Light Weight E Type Jaguar:
Jaguar Classic Challenge Champions
3 fastest laps
GT & Sportscar Cup
Podium in P2
Spa 1.5 hour race
Podium in P2
BMW 2002ti Classic Touring Car:
Podium in P2
7 fastest laps