After purchasing my first car in 2008, a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 6 – Tommi Makinen Edition, I soon ventured onto the track participating in a track day at the Snetterton Circuit. Throughout the same year I had been supporting my brother-in-law Jonathan Faull in his first year of motorsport as he had entered the Time Attack Series. During 2009 I continued supporting Jonathan in his second season of Time attack. I participated in several more track days at Brands Hatch, Snetterton, and a short 20minute session at Oulton Park.
I had intended 2010 to be no different to the previous years but by chance I participated in a Mitsubishi Lancer egister (MLR) club sprint event after not being able to participate in a track day. It was rather fun and I continued to do a further three events in preference to track days, enjoying the competitive element of driving.
Up until that point very little work had been done to the car as it was my daily driver but I knew that a little more power was required. At this point it was suggested that rather than going down the route of an engine rebuild to cope with the demands of the extra power required to compete competitively I was fortunate to secure Brian Cox’s successfully campaigned and race-prepped red Lancer Evolution 5 after it was highlighted to me by Mark at Owen Developments.
I was encouraged that I should jump in at the deep end and go circuit racing. I visited the Autosport Show International in January 2011 and picked up personal safety equipment including HANS device from Demon Tweeks. I successfully passed the ARDS test in the February at the Castle Combe Circuit.
In March 2011 we tested the race car for the first time. Things didn’t go that well when the discs cracked and the power steering belt exploded after a catastrophic failure of one of the belt pulleys, all on the second lap. Despite this we were able to get the car back to Owen Developments where the car was quickly repaired enabling us to get back to Silverstone and drive for 30 minutes on the 1A tyres that the car was fitted with (due to the regulations of the cars previous championship).
That was all the preparation we could fit in and then it was on to the start of the BRSCC Eurosaloons Championship.
My motorsport racing history is quite limited at present with 2011 being my first season in circuit racing, although I competed for fun at four rounds in the MLR Sprint Series in 2010 in my daily driver (Evo VI TME). I successfully acquired my Race licence in February 2011 and won CLASS A Eurosaloons Championship in my first season.
I hope to continue racing throughout 2012 to see if I can improve my overall placing in the championship.