I was born in Liverpool but have never lived there. My mum was from there and although we lived in London she decided to have me (3rd child) at "home". When I was 6 my dad, who was a top stock car driver in England, did a tour of South Africa and when he came to England after 6 weeks, decided we would move there. I lived there until 1979 (so during the apartheid years) when I was forced to move back to the UK for various reasons (including being threatened with deportation, or worse, for being involved in the student anti-apartheid demos). I worked in IT all my life and for Shell from 1986. In 2001 Shell moved it's desktop operations to Malaysia and as my team had developed the SOO, I moved over on a 1 year contract to help with the transition. The move was such a big success Shell made the (incredibly stupid) decision to sell us off so we got outsourced to EDS which became HP during the transition. because I was still a Shell UK employee, they couldn't force me to move to the new company so I ended up being made redundant and because I was over 50 (just) Shell's rules also meant that they had to give me early retirement (and at that stage Shell's pension was still a "last salary" scheme so extremely good). So, since 2009 I've been "retired" - hence the amount of time I can spend as admin for the team and running races/practice on iRacing.
I did Karting when I was young and although I was a decent driver, I never had the money/talent/ambition to go any further and "retired" in 1986. In 2001 I moved to Malaysia for work and had a 2nd career in Karting and had huge success - I was Asian and Malaysian Masters (over 32) Rotax champion a few times and represented Malaysia twice at the Grand finals (I was selected 5 times but work meant I only went twice). In the 2nd year, at La Conca in Italy, I came close to getting on the Podium in DD2 Masters - I was the top qualifier after the heats but broke down in the 2nd chance race (in those days the masters raced with the seniors so we struggled to even make the final!) when running 2nd of the masters :-(
Climbed Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak in SE Asia. Mind, it's half the size of Everest so no big deal...
Won loads of trophies (overall, Caterham, Karts, FPA2000) at the Jonathan Palmer Motorsports experience. Suppliers I used to work with in the UK had regular events there so I became pretty handy. One time we went, Justin Wilson was there (having just won the FPA championship) and I got within 1 sec of his time around the short track. My reward for that was a spin around the track with him driving a 2 seater version. It frightened the crap out of me
Been a member for 4 years. the 1st year I did a huge number of races, mainly in the Skippy, SRF and Mustang but over the last couple of years I've concentrated mainly on endurance racing in GT3's and a few other cars like the Kia for VLN/N24. I'm consistent and safe rather than fast so endurance racing suits me perfectly. I've had some good results - most notable was winning the AEC (Australian Endurance Championship) Spa 24 in 2015. Recently I was a driver in the BAM car that won Petit Le Mans in the Ferrari GT3.
2015 AEC Daytona 8 hour
2015 AEC Spa 24
Finished 2nd overall multiple times in Global Challenge (Kia) and GTC (Jetta), mostly to Marco Abbate
4th in Kia class in VLN series in 2017
Multiple wins in iRacing special events, memorable ones are 2016 WG 6 hour in the Mercedes and 2017 Petit Le Mans in the Ferrari GT3.
Consistency and Safety 1st.Speed not so much.
Philosophy: The older I get, the faster I used to be