My racing career began in 2010 at a local kart circuit in Golspie, North of Scotland. Many victories & championship wins followed as I competed throughout the Scottish racing scene in the Cadet, Mini Max & Junior Rotax classes. I then qualified in 2012 to compete in the prestigious British Super One Championship, with the successful Tooley Motorsport Team. My speed was evident from the outset & by Rd.5 of that years Super One British Championship I was the first “rookie” to qualify on Pole position in the Cadet class. The easier option would have been to stay at home and continue at local club level rather than the difficulties of travelling travelling most weekends for many hours to compete at British Championship level. But I am proud that I took the much tougher route & looked at the bigger picture, to push & challenge myself as “a small fish in a big pond” in order to attain an even higher level of experience & knowledge for my future career.
2016 was a transitional year into single seater testing & development. At 14 years of age I was the youngest driver to complete the Association of Racing Drivers Schools (ARDS) test at the Knockhill Racing Circuit & shortly afterwards at 15 years old was given special dispensation by Knockhill Circuit to test throughout the year in a Formula Ford 1600 with the Graham Brunton Racing (GBR) team. In addition to this we replaced my British Championship kart equipment with a more powerful KZ gearbox kart for intensive fitness & testing purposes. This upgrade provided valuable experience with gear changes & front brake systems which helped with my move move into single seater race cars. Along with this we set up a racing simulator at home & this allowed me to get a feel for the different race tracks I would go on to in the future to compete at.
2017 At the age of 16 years old I competed in the full Scottish Formula Ford 1600 Championship with the Graham Brunton Racing team. This move was helped in no small amount by the generosity of a friend who loaned myself & the team a Ray GR15 Formula Ford for us to use as we wished. I quickly established myself towards the front of a grid of experienced drivers & by the time of the mid season reverse direction race meeting, which was new to all competitors, I was at the very front along with my GBR team mate. As budgets allowed I was able to compete in a couple of mid season race meetings down in England & Wales. I came away away with a podium finish & trophies from both meetings. This & my results in the Scottish Championship resulted in some sponsorship that allowed me to compete in the end of season blue riband events at the world famous Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch & the Walter Hayes Trophy meeting at Silverstone. Running a memorable top 10 in the Festival Final was the icing on the cake of an excellent first year in car racing.
2018 I was looking to step up into the National Formula Ford 1600 Championship. However much hoped for sponsorship didn’t materialise & I found myself unable to compete at all. It was also the year I was sitting my Higher Exams at school & so I had plenty I needed to focus on. I kept as sharp as I could by testing in my KZ kart & on my racing simulator at home. Hard work at school resulted in me achieving very good results in my Higher Exams & I also passed my driving test. So when some financial backing became available I was given the opportunity to enter the last race meeting of the year in the Scottish Formula Ford Championship. It only took me into the fourth of 4 x 15 minute test sessions to top the time sheets & after a year out of the me into the fourth of 4 x 15 minute test sessions to top the time sheets & after a year out of the car I was obviously delighted. Finances allowed me to then compete at the end of year Formula Ford Festival. Due to a weekend of engine gremlins I was unfortunately unable to repeat my dream debut of the year before. However I did enough to impress the Kevin Mills Racing team and I was approached about driving for them in the 2019 National Formula Ford 1600 Championship. A Friday test session was arranged at Brands Hatch with the team & this led to actually competing with them there the next day in a Champion of Brands race meeting. I qualified third on the grid & the actual race saw me move in to second place before finally finishing in third place. A dream debut for the Kevin Mills Racing team that now leaves me very optimistic for the 2019 season ahead.
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