Driver Coaches

We have a number of professional driver coaches which are at your disposal to help improve your race craft and car handling.

Take a look through our coaches below at their details.

Ever since I saw Nigel Mansell go around the outside of Nelson Piquet at the end of the Hanger Straight at Silverstone In 1987, I knew what I wanted to do when I was older…

It was a wet Thursday morning in August that changed my career path to what I do now. The day before, my “newish” Corsa GSI had trouble with its brakes, so I had booked it into the garage to be fixed. I had to get to work so I borrowed my Sisters new Mercedes SLK, which somehow I had been insured on two weeks previous when it was delivered. I had driven around a lot in it while I was getting my new Corsa, so it wasn’t as though it was a new car to me. I set off to work not knowing this was going to be a really bad day that changed my life for the better. I got down the Motorway and took the turn off for my works, to get to my part of the Industrial estate you have to go through a set of roundabouts. With it being an Industrial Estate there is a lot of Trucks spilling Diesel on the road making it very slippy. Well, that’s my excuse anyway. As I drove through the first roundabout, I was going a little bit too fast for the weather condtions, promptly lost control and hit the only lamppost on the road. The Car was a complete writeoff and I was lucky to of not hit anybody and also escape with just a cut head and bruises.

I was the laughing stock of the whole Country and life was not great at this moment in time. I was on a complete downer after this as the tabloid’s made fun of me as and when they could. This spurred me on and I enquired about the Jim Russell Race School to try and gain a Race Licence, which I did towards the end of 1998. I was granted my National B Licence and started looking at a series to race in and through a friend of a friend, I was guided to the MGF Cup. This was a very high profile One Make Series consisting of Ex-Formula 3, and Touring Car drivers along with young drivers trying to make a name for themselves.

In 1999 I raced for a team run by Ex-Touring Car race winner, John Bintcliffe. It was my first taste of racing cars competitively and it was very hard. Out of 25 cars, I usually qualified about 16th or 17th, which apparently wasn’t bad. It was a great learning year for me but, it wasn’t without incident. I had crashed heavily in a qualifying session in which the car was unable to be repaired for the race meeting I was attending and the following meeting the week after. The team I raced for also run a Saloon Car in the NSCC for another driver, but that meeting he was away with work. I was asked if I would like to drive the car, but I needed a licence upgrade. It was a chance not worth losing so after much scurrying around, I was belted up and ready to go and qualified the car to mine, and everybody else’s amazement in 5th place. I had qualified ahead of the Championship leader and other illustrious names which was great. The race was a different story and finished eight after climbing to fourth in the early stages. I had proved a point to myself that weekend and that made the last two races in the MGF Cup more enjoyable, as I got my best results of the year.

For the year 2000 it was my second year in motorsport and proved to be a steep learning curve. I stayed in the competitive MGF Cup fold for my second year and had moved on from Bintcliffe Sport, to Tech-Speed Motorsport. This proved to be a shrewd move by myself as the team headed by Marvin Humphries guided me to a podium finish at Brands Hatch and a front row start at Silverstone. I finished 8th in the series by finishing only six times out of the twelve races, due to mechanical failure or race incidents. Overall it was a mega Season in which I raced at the famous Spa circuit in Belgium, and was usually up at the front, which was an amazing feeling.

In 2001, Tech-Speed entered a team in the Production class in the British Touring Car Championship with me driving a Peugeot 306 alongside Annie Templeton. At the start of the season, I recall looking at the list of BTC-P entries and seeing the many prestigious drivers I was competing against in my class. I could have picked at least ten race winners from it. All I wanted to do was break into that top ten and anything else would have been a bonus. By the end of the season, I’d had a pole position, three podium places and finished 8th in the Production Class. There were highs and there were lows but the highs far outweighed the lows last season. I’d achieved everything I wanted to and more. All in all, it was a very successful year.

More recently I have raced in a Tech Speed Integra and in 2011 in the Go Mobile Chevrolet competing in the BTCC and gaining a number of great results.

Instruction

I am able to offer instruction to drivers young and old, inexperienced to experienced and take a great interest in how the drivers I coach develop.

Jamie Stanley got his first taste of Motorsport when karting at The Circuit Indoor Raceway in Deeside in 1994 as part of a school outing. From then on he was hooked and after several return trips over the remainder of the year and he was proving he could mix it with the best. The cost of racing kept Jamie out of competition until 1999 when he was able to start contesting the open grand prix events and he rapidly proved he had the pace and talent to go much further.

In 2000 Jamie had intended to contest a full season of 100 National in the MBKC championship but sadly the whole plan came undone. Over the next couple of years he was busy studying for his A levels however he did compete in a handful of various charity and fun kart events.

In 2004 Jamie contested the Aintree Racing Drivers Scholarship and narrowly missed out on winning the Formula Ford race drive that was up for grabs. A prize drive in their 1996 Forti Corsa was a great runner up prize. In early 2005 Jamie entered the BRDC Formula Ford Scholarship at Silverstone finishing fifth overall.

A second attempt at the Aintree Racing Drivers School Scholarship followed that year and this time coming out on top, taking the coveted prize drive following in the footsteps of James Pickford, Joey Foster and Matt Howson.

A promising debut at the Walter Hayes Trophy with the Medina Sport Team saw Jamie finish in seventh place in his very first race and securing a place in the semi finals. Less than a month later, he followed that up with another outing for the Medina team at the Absolute Media Trophy, taking a brace of podium finishes and finishing the final in second place.

For 2006 he intended to contest a full season in the BRSCC North West Formula Ford Championship, driving for his own self-run Swift. Jamie started where he left off in 2005 by taking seventh place in the championship race following an impressive recovery drive from the back of the field. A dramatic wet weather victory followed in the second race of the day to beat established stars including BRDC Rising Star Tom Bradshaw. At the very next round Jamie was ruled out for most of the season after an early race accident.

Once he did return to the track he put in a strong drive to fifth and to lead his class at Oulton Park, but before he could take the flag a huge accident with Ian Gough ruined any chance of victory.

Jamie returned to the Championship in 2007 with a fully rebuilt car and took a stunning third at the all new Anglesey Circuit but an engine failure at the following round would rule him out for the rest of the season.

A one-off race at Spa Francochamps in an Elise Trophy car led to a second chance at Brands Hatch, which saw Jamie dominate qualifying only to fall foul of bad weather at the start but still managing to take a brilliant third place in one of the closest races of the season at Brands Hatch.

In 2008 Jamie moved to the Britcar Championship and secured a second place finish on his debut which was followed by two more podiums at Snetterton and the Championship lead. However it then all went wrong when the car failed at Brands Hatch and the team subsequently folded. Jamie still kept busy through 2008 by driving the RC Developments 800 BHP EVO in the UK Time Attack Championship, delivering two third places, four MLR fastest EVO trophies and third place in the PRO Championship.

In 2009 Jamie was backed by FOXINT.COM and contested the modified class of the Lotus On Track Elise Trophy and took 10 wins and three further podium finishes from 15 starts. Jamie also made his GT Racing debut at the wheel of the FOXINT.COM backed Ferrari F430 GT3 driving for FF Corse. The team narrowly missed out on a win but eventually the team was forced to settle for third.

For 2010 Jamie Graduated to the Avon Tyres British GT Championship with Speedworls Motorsport with backing from FOXINT.COM. Driving alongside team owner Christian Dick the Pair secured the prestigious title at Brands Hatch with a around to spare. Jamie also Contested the Britcar GT Championship for Orbital Sound alongside Owner Chris Headlam the car was always at the front but reliablity cost the pair vital points and third in the championship does not tell the whole story.

If it hadn’t been a busy enough year Jamie also contested the Lotus 1000KM race at Brands Hatch for GWS Motorsport and took pole position for the event the first time it had been run in two decades. Sadly after 306 laps and a lead of 12 laps over Jamies long tome freind Paul O’Neil the enginle failed on the GWS motorsport car and that put them out of the Race.

Instruction

In every sport top professionals use coaches to try and improve their techniques, and racing is no different.

Jamie provides 1 to 1 based tuition covering all aspects of car racing from the basic theory through to in depth technical explanation. Whether you’re a track day novice or a seasoned competitor everyone has something to learn.

It really is the most effective way to extract the best out of yourself and your car, with the least amount of cost and time! You could spend a lot of money on upgrading your car and gain a few seconds around the track, where with some expert guidance from Jamie you could find even more time. All instruction is done with the use of state of the art Peltor intercom equipment.

Jamie is an MSA Grade A licensed Association of racing schools Instructor.

Racing Driver and ARDS Approved Instructor. Probably one of the most experienced racing drivers and racing driver coaches in the World. Why should you consider Paul to coach you? Here are a few reasons:

  • 35 Years of Knowledge and Experience of Race Driving and Tuition
  • 5 Times National Champion and Over 150 Race Wins
  • Taught Andy Priaulx – 3 Times World Touring Car Champion
  • Paul Collis from Novice to Race Winner in 2 Years
  • Ed Hayes from 20th on Grid to 2nd in 1 Year
  • Phil Bennett Touring Car from One Podium to Three Wins, With Only One Hour of Tuition
  • Will Penrose – 2 years from 1 win to 5 wins and championship 2nd – 924 Porsche Championship. 6 wins and champion 2nd in championship again. *Hot off the press!* Will Penrose – Porsche 924 2009 CHAMPION!
  • ARDS (Association of Racing Drivers Schools) Instructor since ARDS was founded – Grade A Instructor
  • Unique Front Wheel Drive Technique

Chosen by McLaren as one of the two development test drivers on the F1 road car with ex-F1 driver Jonathan Palmer.

Paul offers professional one-to-one coaching for competitors in circuit racing to the highest level.

Date of birth: 06/01/81

Hometown: Beckenham, Kent

Marital Status: Married to Laura

Height: 6’1″

Racing History

2010: Fiat 500 Abarth Championship. 2 wins, championship leader until budget forced me to pull out.

2008: BTCC with independent team BTCRacing. Works Ligier team in EuroRS endurance sportscar champs, 2 wins.

2007: BTCC with independent team Motorbase Performance.

2006: BTCC Competed in last 4 rounds in Honda Integra for Team Halfords, achieved 3 podiums 3 fastest laps, one pole, and two wins. Helped secure Teams Championship.

2005: BTCC Competed in last 3 rounds in Castrol backed Team Halfords Integra. Pole and Win at Silverstone. Helped team secure Teams Championship.

2004: BTCC Pre season testing in Team Dynamics Honda Civic

2003: BTCC Half season with Team Dynamics; 2 Independent wins, guest car drive in the Porsche Carerra Cup at Rockingham, 4th.

2002: BTCC MG Team Atomic Kitten; narrowly missed out on Independent’s title, picked up numerous points and podium finishes.

2001: BTCC Class B in GR Motorsport Ford Focus; 5th in the Championship 1 win.

2000: Runner-up in Ford Credit Fiesta Zetec Championship (1 win, 10 podiums), Junior Cup Champion, tested Ford Mondeo Supertouring Car. BTCC debut in class B Ford Focus, podium finish at Oulton Park.

1998/9: Ford Credit Fiesta Zetec Championship; Youngest ever winner in Ford Championship.

1995: International Junior Works Tonykart team; 3rd in World Champs, European Cup Champion, Belgian Champion, British Junior Champs 2nd.

Instruction

I am able to offer instruction to drivers young and old, inexperienced to experienced and take a great interest in how the drivers I coach develop.

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