What started as a hobby whilst at school, playing sim racing games on my computer has lead myself, Max Spooner to a potential career in motorsport.
Through various Sim Racing competitions I have won events which have subsequently led me to drive a number of prestigious cars in real life, including a Leon Cupra Toyota GT86 AMG Mercedes Porsche Cayman, Ferrari 458 & Lamborghini Aventador all before the age of 21! I also own and drive a Tiger Cat E1 kit car.
Following a visit to the Autosport Show in 2011 I decided to try motor racing for myself and entered the 2011 750 Motor Club Locost Championship.
However, due to a combination of limited funds and a lack of experience building a race car. Results never really materialised with the car being both slow and unreliable. At this point I decided I needed professional guidance.
Unsure of my true potential I turned to British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) race winner and driver for the MG Racing team Jack Goff. Driving Jacks Renault Sport Clio 200 at a soaking wet, greasy Donington circuit, last October.
My father emphasized that we didn’t want any soft soap and if Jack felt that I was not good enough for competitive racing, then I would continue at the lower levels, as a hobby.
Jack was really impressed with me and described my driving as smooth, fast and consistent.
Especially as this was a car, circuit and conditions that I had never driven in. Jack commented that if this was the achieved by Sim racing then he was confident enough to race against me himself.
It was this praise that caught the attention of MX-5 Supercup driver George Lines who was also testing that same day. George found out about my plans to enter the championship and offered to let me test his car. So in November last year we took to the Abingdon track in the MX-5. You can see footage of the test below.
Prior to driving the MX5 George was saying to me, that to be a good driver that plenty of testing was imperative. You can imagine his surprise when I then told George and his father that up until the test with Jack, I hadn't been on a race circuit for 2 years.
George was so impressed with my speed that he said I was a “Top 10 driver out of the box”.
They were adamant that I needed to enter the championship as they felt with enough testing and development I would be capable of fighting for the championship.
With support of current partners Kraftwerk Tools UK I was introduced to Paul Sheard who runs his own team with several MX-5 and is one of the most successful teams in the championship. He has offered me a drive in one of his front running cars for the up and coming season.
Interest has also been expressed by Simon Green Motorsport who has also offered drives in both the Civic and Ginetta championships.
These teams do not make these offers lightly as it is both their cars and their reputations on the line.
This is where I need your help. I want to get both my local community, and hopefully nationally behind Me in my quest to reach the pinnacle of British motorsport, the British GT Championship where Ferrari's, Aston Martins, Lamborghinis and several other high performance supercars battle it out. But to get there I need to prove myself in the lower ranks.
With your support I want to compete in the 2016 BRSCC MX-5 Supercup with Paul Sheard Racing. I need to raise the budget to test and compete at every round of the championship at race circuits all over the UK and a trip over to the Zolder circuit in Belgium in June.
Whether its £10 or £10,000, I have packages available that do more than just have stickers on the car. Whether you're a school looking to inspire your pupils with assembly talks and car displays, to business events and promotions. Or if you just want to help out a local young man achieve his dream, I would like to get everybody involved.
The MX-5 Championship is broadcast in full on free to air television and offers great coverage on TV, in magazines and online using social media including Facebook, Twitter and You Tube.
Even if you cannot support me yourself, I would very much appreciate it if you tell your friends, families, co-workers and businesses alike to help promote me and get me on the grid in 2016.
Oh and by the way, I have achieved all this as a young man with Asperger’s Syndrome.
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