After some time out and a short spell on quad bikes Simon got a call from one of his best friend. He was doing a track day at his local circuit Donington Park a track prepared 205 GTi and encourage Simon to jump behind the wheel. Thanks to that invitation Simon had such a buzz that 3 days later he had his own race ready 306 GTi which in his words he drove the wheels off for many track days to come.
His hunger for bumper to bumper action saw him return to the LMA Eurosaloon championship in 2009 using his race ready EVO and parting with the Subaru due feeling more at home in the Mitsubishi. After a long season and remaining in the Time Attack Championship for a second year he came away with an impressive second place finish and overall fourth place in Time Attack asserting his place as not only a great driver, but a great racer also.
The EVO was now tired, and major repair bills and reliability issues were starting to cause problems. It was time to find something more reliable that was up to coping with 25 minutes of hard racing.
Doing a deal for an ex BTCC Seat SupaCopa race car with 300hp saw Simon in an unfamiliar front wheel drive set up but gave him the bomb proof reliability he needed in a race car. Keeping the EVO for a third place finish in the 2010 Time Attack Series he took the Seat all the way taking the top spot in the Eurosaloons.
So your probably thinking by now, where does the Porsche come in?
Upgrading to paddle shift over the winter break and with some exciting new sponsors on board Simon and his team are expecting another great year behind the wheel of the 997 which will return for both the Time Attack Championship and now named Arrowpak Saloons for this year.
Simon and his team love Time Attack, after all this is the 5th year of racing in it and let’s be fair they are pretty good! We were not at all surprised to learn that Simon and his team are lifelong friends and love what they do. He said himself that he is very lucky to have them. Bouncing off each other, having a good time is always at the top of their priority list as well as constantly doing the best job possible to have the car ready and racing when it needs to be. I think if there is one thing we learnt from our time with Simon and the guys is you will only ever be as successful as your team.
Simon would like to thank his sponsors below and if you are interested in him and his car to get in touch.
HEL Performance, Kleers, Avon Tyres, Sims Metal Management & Wingerworth Tyres.
Words by Jack Taylor
Picture by Louis Ruff