UK Autograss 2019 Champion Profiles

Men’s Overall Champion
Andrew Watson SB20
1. The car was built by NRE or a Rawlinson chassis.
2. I have been racing for 15 years.
3. I don’t have a grassing hero.
4. My previous titles include 2014-2018 UKAC F600 champions, 2017 F600 National champion, 2017 UKAC overall champion.
5. My favourite round was Nottingham.
6. My highlights of this season were winning the overall UKAC and winning the BF600 championship.
7. My plans for next year are racing the club meetings and the UKAC.

Men’s Class One Champion
Lee Poole S70D
1. The car was built from scratch by myself. Bits to metion are that the cage was done by Martin Gould at Shebtek, powder coating by Lee and Paul Waldron at Custom Colour Coating. Engine was built and continually developed by Neil Locke Race Engines who has given me an ultra reliable power unit matched with great power/torque. All custom made parts from Ansell and Wakefield Engineering Ltd of Bristol. To finish off the graphics were done by Steve at Outlaw Signs. Car is fully setup and maintained by myself with the help of Brian at MEK Rolling Road.
2. I’ve been racing Autograss since 2013.
3. I don’t have a grassing hero.
4. My previous titles are Stroud club champion 2014-18, Nottingham Winter Series winner in 2015 and South Somerset Grand Prix winner 2018.
5. My favourite round was Nottingham.
6. The highlight of my season was finishing second overall in my class four and taking two Saturday shootout wins in the class one.
7. My plan for next year is to concentrate my efforts on the class four with engine improvement.

Ladies Class One Champion
Robyn Highsted IK961
1. I’m not sure who built the car, we bought the car ready to race apart from a smashed front end from someone at IK. Engine builder, Jack, changed the spark plugs at the beginning of the season.
2. I started racing 21 years ago, but had an 11 year break to have my three kids and started back up again last July.
3. I can’t say I have a grassing hero but I have been proper proud of my sister, Rachel Collier, this year. She’d had her best ever season and has driven brilliantly all year.
4. I was ladies class one BAS champion in 2005 in my mini the year before I gave up to have the kids. They all take the mickey out of me and call me a has-been.
5. My favourite round was definitely Nottingham, I scored maximum points and Jack won the final in the men’s.
6. My highlight was definitely the champ of champs race at Radford was a brilliant race and only just missed out on the win.
7. Next year I’ll be racing the same car again and the plan is to race the UKAC again. My eldest daughter starts in juniors next year so the focus will be on her.

Ladies Class Two Champion
Helen Bishop IK252
1. My husband, Geoff, and son, Connor, do most of the work on the car. Martin Beaney did the cage, Mill Hill (Danny Robins) did the engine, it is a JAC exhaust and Page Motorsport do the rolling road.
2. I have been racing on and off for the past 28 years. I had a gap when I had the kids and a four year gap when I broke my neck and back at the first UK.
3. My grassing hero is my Uncle, Richard Butler. I used to go racing with him when I was a young girl and it was him who gave me the bug for racing.
4. Twice I have come second in ladies class two at the Nationals, MAP Open winner ladies class two, fourth UKAC ladies class 2 in 2017, second in 2018 and this year the title.
5. The Nottingham round this year was my favourite, I won all four races and came second in the Champ of Champs race.
6. I have two highlights. The first is of my daughter Chloe winning the very first UKAC junior championship in 2013 and coming second overall. The other is of Connor winning his first trophy in men’s class two by coming second in the final at the Nottingham round this year.
7. I was going to retire but Geoff and Connor want me to try and defend my title. We are having a new shell for next year and a refreshed Mill Hill engine.

Men’s Class Three Champion
Mick Sumners R169
1. I built the car myself in 2014, it’s debut was a Stroud UK round. The A35 is running a Vauxhall Red Top.
2. I’ve been racing for approximately 28 years.
3. There’s been so many great class three drivers over the years; Dave Westlake, Pete Haines, Ed Lloyd and many more that I’ve loved the challenge of racing against.
4. I don’t have any previous titles.
5. My favourite UKAC would have to be my debut in the A35 at Stroud as I didn’t expect the car to perform the way it did straight out the box.
6. The highlight of this season has got to be seeing my daughter Chanice coming fourth at the Ladies and Junior Nationals at Wessex in her first Nationals in the A35.
7. My plans for next year are hopefully still be out in the three but will be debuting out in a new Bennett Built class nine.

Ladies Class Three Champion
Jo Thompson Y51
1. The car is a home built space framed Toyota Startlet chassis with a Tyler/Thompson Volvo engine.
2. I have been racing for 21 years, I started racing in 1998 in class one.
3. My racing hero is Heifena James (PHD55).
4. My previous titles Class 3 BAS champion six times, Class 7 BAS champion four times, Overall BAS Ladies champion twice (2004 in class seven, 2005 in class three), Class 3 National champions three times, Class 7 National champion twice and UKAC Class 3 champion 2017.
5. Round one at Sturton was my favourite round because I had a clean sheet in the heats and won the final to come third in the champion of champions.
6. The highlight of my season was getting to grips with a new car at Radford and taking two wins on the Sunday.
7. My plans for next year are to semi retire to the side lines to watch both my sons, Dan and Charlie, race….and drink gin.

Men’s Class Four Champion
Colin Atrill IK272
1. The car was built by Jason Ford and Matthew Hayman and has a Swift Tune engine.
2. I have been racing for the best part of 40 years.
3. I admire anyone of the ladies racing shared cars especially Kelly Wetherick, Helen Grainger and Tracy Bax.
4. My biggest title was winning the nationals back in 1993! I have also won MAP twice and was UKAC class four champion in 2018.
5. My favourite round was Sturton because leading up to that weekend I didn’t know if we’d make it. I had lost my mum earlier in the year and it made it extra special.
6. The highlight of my season was watching the first corner of the ladies class four at Sturton for all the wrong reasons, it put a smile on my face.
7. My plans for next year will be to compete in the UKAC again but with hopefully a faster car after a new engine and a tidy up.

Ladies Overall and Class Four Champion
Kelly Wetherick IK272
1. The car was built by Jason Ford and Matthew Hayman and has a Swift Tune engine.
2. I have been racing for 25 years.
3. Racing #272 I always think back to when I was a child I used to watch Tracy Bax – those are some big (well small!!!!) shoes to fill!!!
4. I became class four and class ten MAP champion this year, I have won the MAP once before in the ten.
5. I can’t really choose my favourite round this year. I really enjoyed all of the champion of champions races this year racing with my fellow Invicta Kent club mates, but especially at Radford racing Robyn Highstead right to the line!
6. The highlight of my season has to be watching my son Reece win the nationals!
7. There’s talk of a class change here next year but who knows! If I could ditch my nationals’ bad luck and pick up a pot there I’d be over the moon!

Men’s Class Five Champion
Bradley Turner SS61
1. My car is an evolution of different car builders but mostly running parts from Xtreme now, running an OBS Motor Services Peugeot engine.
2. I started racing Autograss when I was 13 in a junior special, although I started karting when I was 10.
3. I don’t have a grassing hero.
4. While I was racing in the junior special I was MAP champion in 2016, I came 3rd at the Nationals in 2015 and 2016 as well as 3rd at the BAS in 2016.
5. My favourite round of this year has to be round two at Hereford.
6. The highlight of the season would have to be the race three top heat at Hereford, it was one of the best races I have ever had.
7. The plan for next year is going to be a full engine rebuild and a new shell.

Ladies Class Five Champion
Diane Heath E10
1. The car was built by xcworx and has a Vauxhall engine built by MJA.
2. I have been racing for 10 years.
3. Anthony Ross is my grassing hero.
4. I have won the UKAC class five championship five years in a row.
5. My favourite round this year was Nottingham.
6. The highlight of my season has been winning both the class five and ten UKAC championships.
7. The plan for next year will be mastering the new class 10.

Men’s Class Six Champion
Martyn Janes YD10
1. I put the car together and set it up myself. The engine is built by AP Racing Engines.
2. I’ve been racing for 23 year ish I think.
3. I don’t have a grassing hero.
4. I won BAS in 2006 and MAP in 2016. I have also had a second, a third and a fourth at Nationals but I can’t remember the years.
5. My favourite round was Hereford.
6. I don’t really have any highlights.
7. I’m not sure the plans for next year. We’ll see what happens.

Ladies Class Six Champion
Rachel Collier IK960
1. The car was built by Beaney Fabrications ready for the 2018 season and the engine is a home built Vauxhall Red Top.
2. I started racing when I was 12 in 2000, I missed one season when I was pregnant and had a year out in 2017, so I have raced 18 seasons.
3. My hero is my big sister Robyn Highsted.
4. I was UKAC class six champion in 2016 but wasn’t against many others so was a bit easier than this year.
5. The final round at Radford was my favourite.
6. The highlight of my season was being joint second qualifier for the national final and coming fourth.
7. We’ve having a new car for next year and back racing a class one at some of the IK meetings.

Men’s Class Seven Champion
Pete Bott S47D
1. The car is a Fiat Sceinto with an Is2 V8 Chevrolet, the chassis was built by xcworx.
2. I’ve been racing or been involved with Autograss for 25 years.
3. My grassing here is my dad Pete Bott Snr, two time national champion.
4. My only previous title was the 2013 Class Seven UKAC champion.
5. My favourite UKAC round this year would have to be round one at Sturton.
6. The highlight of this year is winning class seven in the UKAC.
7. Next year I plan to concentrate on my son Callum starting in junior saloons.

Ladies Class Seven Champion
Terri Mumford 62F
1. The car is a Sciento shell with twin Hayabusa’s
2. My husband says I have been racing too long. I started racing 34 years ago in class three when I was 16.
3. My grassing hero is Bruce Campbell. I grew up watching and supporting him and it was mainly thanks to him that my Dad got back into Autograss and got his class three and as they say the rest is history.
4. I was class seven National Champion in 1990. I won overall ladies UKAC Champion in 2018 and class seven and class ten champion.
5. My favourite was round one at Sturton.
6. The highlight of my season was 2 heat wins at the Nationals and third place in the class ten final.
7. The plan for next year will be class ten and possibly class eight.

Men’s Class Eight Champion
Simon Reeve N8
1. The car is a 2018 xcworx class eight with a RLM Racing Stage 2 1350cc Hayabusa and JAC Performance Exhaust.
2. I have been racing for 14 years.
3. I have a few grassing heroes mainly because I can remember how good and exciting the likes of Andy Hornshaw, Ant Ross and Karl Mosley were to watch when I was younger. As I’ve learnt to know more people within the sport I’ve got to add Paul Waldron and Barry Hathaway to that list. If I can race as competitive and quick as them when I’m their age I’d be more than happy.
4. I don’t have any previous titles.
5. My favourite round has to be Nottingham. I love racing around my home track. I think it’s a great venue and a challenging track.
6. The whole season has been excellent. I can’t ever remember having a season with so many incredible races. It’s been fast and close all year.
7. The plan for next year is to have the class eight stripped and rebuilt. It’s done two seasons so needs some TLC. I will be racing with the UK Autograss Championship again next season. I’m looking forward to some great venues. I’d like to try to qualify for the Nationals but work commitments may halt that. We will see.

Ladies Class Eight Champion
Vikki Lamb NW83
1. The car is a Berrisford chassis with a gen 2 Hayabusa.
2. I’ve been racing for eight years, six of which have been in class eight.
3. I haven’t really got a hero, but I look up to Jay Thompson. I found out about Autograss when I met Jay and he’s taught me everything.
4. No major titles yet, but North Wales class 14 winner 2018. Middle of England champion in class one and class eight. Fastest special on grass 2019 in Jay’s car.
5. Radford was my favourite round even though I didn’t do very well in the final.
6. Becoming class eight UKAC champion was my season highlight.
7. My aim for next year is to try and be more consistent and to retain my UKAC title.

Men’s Class Nine Champion
Martin Bugg SC105
1. The car is a Honda K20 self-built engine which has been mapped by Exon Race Engine. The chassis was built by James Bowe, the current class nine National and BAS champion. Both have always been willing to help with any problems I’ve had over the years.
2. I’ve been racing for five years on the grass.
3. Vinny Gibbons always makes for good spectating.
4. No major wins but plenty of top three trophies for the major events.
5. Round one at Sturton was my favourite round, I tried a new setup for the season and it just worked from the off.
6. The highlight of the season was my qualifying. I has some brilliant races with John Whitehouse. I especially enjoyed my roll.
7. No current plans for next year. A few people have asked me to qualify in their cars and also list as a reserve driver for some of the UKAC rounds. I don’t plan to buy another car as yet but we’ll see what happens next year.

Ladies Class Nine Champion
Mollie Richardson N492
1. The car is set up by One Off Engineering and the engine is done by Bluespeed.
2. I have been racing for six years, I started as soon as I turned 12.
3. I don’t really have a grassing hero.
4. The only previous titles I have is 2016 UKAC Junior Special champion.
5. My favourite round of the year was Radford.
6. The highlight of my season was getting on the podium at the Ladies Nationals.
7. My plan is to just enjoy my racing. This has been my first year in Ladies. I took a year out after leaving juniors at the end of 2017. I have really enjoyed this year, but I still have a lot to learn. We have a few changes to make to the car over the winter, so I am looking forward to next season and whatever it holds.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped keep the car running this year, it’s not been easy and it’s been a steep learning curve with the car. It would not have been possible without by Dad and our team of helpers at Discount Tyres, Kippax.

Men’s Class Ten Champion
Vinny Gibbons LM170
1. The chassis was built by John Gay 5 years ago. I’ve built my own engines since I started. I’ve tried engine builders, but I don’t trust them
2. I have been racing for 46 years.
3. My hero is Mick Morgan.
4. I’ve got a lot of previous titles, but I’ve never quite got the Nationals.
5. Nottingham was my favourite round, I won all of my races.
6. The highlight was winning most of the finals this year.
7. I’ve not decided next year’s plan. I hope I can do the NEC in January first. All though I love my racing but body is getting worn out….and my wallet.

Ladies Class Ten Champion
Diane Heath E111
1. The car is ARD built with a standard pair of K6’s.
2. I have been racing 10 years.
3. Anthony Ross is my grassing hero.
4. I have been MAP champions and twice class 10 UKAC champion.
5. Hereford was my favourite round.
6. The highlight of my season was making the final in both class five and ten at the Ladies Nationals.
7. Next year we will have a new class 10 to master.
I would like to thank Julian for keeping the two cars reliable and ready to race.

Men’s Stock Hatch Champion
Thomas Ireland WS6
1. I bought the car at the end of the 2018 season from Ian Fay. It then had a full TCI Mechanical & Fabrication refresh and an engine refresh by NB Racing.
2. I started racing 16 years ago when I was 12 with Bridport Bandits. I caught the racing bug straight away and started racing my own mini when I was 13.
3. My grassing hero is Mr Ian Fay, he’s the nicest man in Autograss.
4. I have no previous titles apart from third place in Stock Hatch last year in the UKAC after borrowing a friend’s car from round two onwards.
5. My favourite round was Radford although Hereford comes a close second.
6. The highlight of my season was when I found out I was UKAC Stock Hatch champion, and just generally the whole season! Almost every race meeting has been a great one for me both at home and away.
7. I will be racing the UKAC again next year both in Stock Hatch and class two but I also aim to get to some other national meetings like FMOG and Stock Hatch Nationals. Both cars are being rebuilt this winter ready to come out looking good as new for 2020.

Ladies Stock Hatch Champion
Emily Saitch C3E
1. Mike Sullivan built the car, engine is a 1.6cc 8 valve standard 135,00 miles from a scrap yard with one careful previous owner.
2. I’ve been racing 2-3 years.
3. Barry Hathaway is my grassing hero.
4. Third in class five at the UKAC last year has been my biggest achievement.
5. Hereford was my favourite round.
6. The highlight of my season was Mike winning the champ of champs at round one.
7. We’re building a house next year but we hope to be back having some fun in the class five if we can get it fixed.
Men’s F600 Champion
Terry Cox ST1
1. The car is a self-built F600 with 2009 Kawasaki ZX6R engine.
2. I started racing at 19 in 1971 with an Austin 1100.
3. Chris Allanson is my hero because of his innovative car building like the first twin engine special.
4. I have too many to list, the most memorable title was probably the 1982 Nationals at Hanbry where I got the best turned out car trophy and finished a hard fought fourth in the class seven final. Also the four time F600 Championship winner.
5. My favourite round was Hereford.
6. My season highlight was beating Andy Watson who I rate as the most competitive F600 driver to date.
7. Nothings confirmed so far for next year, it will depend on dates and race venues.

Ladies F600 Champion
Allysaa Faunch ST513
1. The car is a home built F600 with a cbr600 Honda bike engine.
2. I’ve been racing three years.
3. My grassing hero is Anthony Read.
4. I don’t have any previous titles.
5. My favourite round was the first one at Sturton and Stow.
6. The highlight for me was just being able to race against a few different classes and not coming last.
7. I plan to attend more meeting and stay with the F600 class.

Junior Saloon Champion
Kyle Newman BC99
1. I race a Nissan Micra and I run a 1ltr standard engine. The car was built by DS Racing at the start of the season where near enough everything was new.
2. This is my second full season.
3. My grassing hero has to be Andy Holtby.
4. I am the British Junior Champion.
5. My favourite round was the first one at Sturton.
6. The highlight of my season is becoming UKAC Junior Saloon champion.
7. My plan for next year is to do a season in class one and have a class six towards the end of it.

Junior Special Champion
Charlie Thompson Y15
1. The car is a Berrisford built Junior Special with a Simon Chadwick engine.
2. This was my third season, I started racing in May 2017.
3. My dad, Phil Thompson is my hero.
4. My previous titles are; 2018 UKAC Junior Specials champion, 2018 UKAC Overall Junior champion, 2018 UKAC Young Gun (12-16 yrs) champion, 2018 & 19 North of England Junior Special champion, 2018 & 19 Fastest Man on Grass Junior Special champion.
5. Round three at Nottingham was my favourite because having car troubles made us really have to work hard to keep going and come out with very good results.
6. The highlight of my season would have to be my national’s finals. After qualifying top into the final I was really happy. In the race I was joint first into the corner before being punted out wide and then racing back through the pack all the way to the last corner to get fourth place out of it.
7. Next year I plan to go on and try to retain all of my previous titles won this year and achieve those that I haven’t. Also to get my little brother up to pace in his car.