From little Acorns!
I have always been obsessed with racing for as long as I can remember, wanting to be a part of it, the speed, the smell of fuel and burning rubber, always watching the British Touring cars on Tv or going to a track to watch it live and making the relevant engine noises and imaginary steering wheel action associated when driving fast as a kid, so tired of my constant whingeing, my parents gave in and bought me a little Polini 50cc Minicross at 5 years old, I couldn’t get enough of it and was competing in local championships everywhere!, I was hooked and so it began, my early years in Karting at club level in cadets, gradually working my way up the ranks to top junior level in Formula Kart Stars at the age of 15, headlined by Bernie Ecclestone.
And so it continued!
My Motorsport all began after I approached Rob Boston, who owned a team competing in the BRSCC Mazda MK,1 with grids of up to 48+ cars per meeting I knew this would be competitive, so this would be my stepping stone.
Not sat in the car, no prior testing or even raced at any of the tracks on the calendar, people thought me mad or stupid, but this was my dream and I was doing it!, by the fourth round having managed some 2nd and 3rd podiums by the fifth round at Oulton Park I did it!! my mission with 2 wins, I was on a roll and went on to win all 8 out of the remaining 10 rounds, then topped off the year by winning the Autumn Championship. “Was a awesome first year”
The Big boys club!
I really wanted to challenge myself after my success in the Mazda championship and was really lucky to get partnerships in place for 2 years to compete in the UK Clio Cup . It is a fantastic championship, wheel to wheel action with phenomenal television coverage for potential partnerships wanting brand exposure along side the BTCC British Touring Cars. After a great first year learning and experiencing the front wheel drive machine it was close, but I managed to hold on to the Graduate Cup from Josh Cook in the points .
I dabbled in between championships after the Clios to try and find out in which direction I should go now if possible, one being the BTCC G55 SuperCup, Rob Boston Racing contacted me, as he had a seat available, well I wasn’t going to say no to that opportunity, yet again, never sat in the Ginetta, no testing, only good thing unlike before, I did now know the tracks very well! so coming 2nd in my first ever Ginetta SuperCup round was fantastic, what a boost and the racing was mega! Then if it couldn’t get any better I was then made a member of the BRDC Silverstones British Racing Drivers Club as a Rising Star.
In 2016 a drive became available to do a full season the British GT with Team, British GT has always been something that I would like to race in if it was possible, a deal was struck Hard bringing home the Silver in their maiden year.
I have taken the last few years (2017 and 2018) off to form an academy karting team for the young stars of the future. I found that there really isn’t a ready platform for Karting for the important early foundations of education and teaching for natural talent going forward up to top level motorsport. After many talks with Tony Gillam of Team Hard Racing the Stilp Hard Academy was born. It is proving to be very successful with the young talent we have so far in the Honda Cadets class. We are forever evolving and growing into more classes as we move forward.