Getting the news I was going to be driving the eBay Motors car in the final rounds of GRC was awesome, its been fantastic so far this season with the support from Serve and Best Buy but to get eBay as the primary sponsor for the final two races is great.
I’m delighted with the look of the car; the wrap and colour scheme look really sharp and on the track I’ve been pleased with how things are shaping up despite some tough breaks. The week eBay joined as primary sponsor I was taken out of a difficult 17 car final at X Games Los Angeles and my car failed me in New Hampshire, when running second. I’m hoping to pull something out the bag in Las Vegas to get that podium that is well within my grasp.
In 1998 and at the tender age of 16 I started my career in motorsport racing original mini coopers in Minicross. As much as I loved getting behind the wheel, the time spent building the cars in the garage at home with my father was equally enthralling for me and gave me an appetite to succeed in the world of motorsport. In the years that followed, I continued taking part in many amateur races until the beginning of 2010 when I decided to get serious and team up with Ford, turning semi professional in the process. The switch paid off and with a string of podium finishes and race wins, I brought home 3rd place in the MSA British Rallycross Championship.
2011 and after a successful start in the Best Buy UK Team, Andreas Eriksson invited me to a test in Sweden with OMSE. Eriksson subsequently asked me to join the OMSE team full time and run the remainder of the 2011 MSA Supercars championship. The trusted Mk6 Fiesta was stabled and I took control of one of the teams Mk7 Ford Fiestas. Instantly I found myself leading the championship in a three-way battle and with the support of the team I was never off the podium all the way to the end of The Championship.
2012 is looking good with the team initiating me in a full out assault on the GRC. I’ve left my full time employment at the family waste recycling company behind and will focus all my energy as one of the rookies in the OMSE Ford, Best Buy Racing Team.
I know I still have still has lots to learn, but I’m excited by the challenge and I feel I’m making great progress every race
1998 -2000 Minicross
2001 Minicross Champion
2002 -2005 MSA Super Modified
2005 Dutch Super Modified Rallycross Master
2006-2007 (break; work commitments)
2008-2009 MSA Super Cars Div 1 with DJB Motorsport Mitsubishi team 6th overall
2010 MSA Super Cars Div 1 with DJB Motorsport Ford Mk6 3rd overall
2011 MSA Super Cars Div 1 with OMSE Best Buy Ford Fiesta Mk7 3rd overall (only the 3 final championship rounds in the Mk 7)
2012 The story continues with eBay Motors…
Las Vegas Motor Speedway Final Round of the GRC 2012 on September 29th
Being part of this fantastic sport with a great team and Sponsor really makes me look forward to getting in a race car and, being a relatively young driver I’m extremely excited about the future and have the support of a fantastic team who push me to keep improving. I know podium finishes aren’t far away!
GRC is developing at great speed and the opportunity to expand it overseas is exiting and should increase what has already become a large following. The tracks are becoming more technical and exciting to watch as spectators, speaking to fans at all rounds this season it was clear that watching a GRC provides huge entertainment and that is always nice to hear.
Over the next two months I’ll be back in the UK catching up with family and friends and maybe doing a bit of light bulldozing at the family business when I can. Aside from that I will need to keep my eye in ahead of the next race so I’ll be spending some time behind the wheel at the DirtFish Rally School. Bring on Vegas!
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