JCW Mini Challenge Champion 2011
It’s been a long road….
Chris grew up surrounded by motorsport and from an early age he attended many race meetings at Ingliston and Knockhill, with his father’s family run Van Diemen FF1600. After watching father Alex for many years, at the age of 10 Chris decided he wanted to race. He obtained a Cadet kart and a racing licence and began racing karts alongside his father. As Chris progressed, Alex decided to take a step back from his own racing and concentrate on his son. Throughout cadets and Junior TKM Chris achieved numerous trophies and race wins.
Chris then stepped up into Senior Karting. He won several of the West of Scotland Club major trophies and Senior TKM championship, along with the overall Senior WSKC Championship, Northern NKRA Senior TKM Championship and Grand final NKRA winner.
From Karting Chris moved up into motorsport. Run by his family, he began racing a Citroen AX GT in stockhatch rallycross and then onto the Scottish Hillclimb Championship in another modified Citroen Ax. Despite missing two rounds Chris still managed to finish second in his class against more powerful machinery.
In 2008 & 2009 Chris entered the Scottish Mini Cooper Cup, finishing third in the championship two years running with several race wins and podium positions throughout. Chris also won the newcomers cup in 2008 along with shattering the 3 year old hill record at the Doune Hillclimb round by nearly 3 seconds.
Chris then moved to the British Mini Challenge. A R56 JCW Mini was supplied by loyal backer MinisparesUK. The car was ready just in time for round one. In his second race meeting Chris won two rounds and narrowly missed a clean sweep, finishing a very close second. More race wins and podiums followed throughout the season, including a stunning win in the wet at Brands Hatch and at Castle Combe with a car that was well off the pace. The season resulted in 2nd in R56 JCW class and 4th overall.
In 2011 Chris entered the British Mini Challenge again in a new car, achieving fastest laps, most poles of the season, most wins of the season and the first treble victory in a single weekend. These results crowned Chris the 2011 JCW and Overall Mini Challenge Champion.