|Grads: 172: Graeme Smith|
|Occupation:||Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs||Car Colours:||Green/yellow nose|
|Company Webpage:||Local Circuit:||Oulton Park|
2016 Class: Classic Graduates
Started Racing: Caterham Scholarship 1999 in same car as now
No of races: nigh on 400
Best result: 1
No of wins: 40+
No of podiums: lots
Classic Graduates champion 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2010
Raced a Mallock Mk26 in Clubmans in 2015, with a best result of third, plus a class win in the Birkett.
|Race Highlights:||Raced at Monaco in May 2016 in a 1960 Taraschi Formula Junior, gaining 10th and 16th places (out of 48 cars). Winning the 2010, 2008, 2007 and 2006 Caterham Graduates championships - as well as being runner-up in 2005, 2009, and 2016. Holding the lap records at Brands Hatch Indy, Lydden and "old" Donington. Raced a Mallock Mk26 in Clubmans for the 2015 season, with a podium at Snetterton. Winning at Angouleme street race in France (2013) and class wins at Pau Historic Grand Prix (2014) and Nurburgring Nordschleife (2008).|
|Interests:||Started motorbike racing in the last few years, coming 8th in the European "MotoE" electric 'bike championship. In 2016, raced in Ducati Desmodue championship, and rode a near 80mph demostration lap at the Classic TT on the Isle of Man. Member of St Moritz Tobogganing Club and Cresta Run racer from "Top". Won Marsden Cup in 2016. Set three UK speed records in class G (diesel) at Pendine Sands (2011) which still stand. Penny farthing racing - as well as other more usual cycling Ex-chairman of Caterham Graduates Racing Club|
|Grads: 173: Robin Webb|
|Occupation:||Director||Car Colours:||Light blue|
|Company:||Vegetarian Shoes||Car Year:||1998|
|Company's Service:||Hometown:||Three Bridges|
|Company Webpage:||Local Circuit:||Brands Hatch|
|Sponsors:||Viscom Design ltd|
|Race History:||Legends, 2CV's, Karting|
|Grads: 174: Marc Noaro|
|Occupation:||Chief customer officer||Car Colours:||Mitsubishi Evo X Blue|
|Company's Service:||Hometown:||Witley, Surrey|
|Company Webpage:||Local Circuit:||Thruxton|
2014 debut season, 9th in the championship.
6th overall in 2015, 4th at Thruxton being the best result. The first podium remained close but still elusive
4th overall in 2016, 7 podiums, 2 poles and 1 fastest lap. Now just the win remains elusive!
|Interests:||Family, business and racing|
|Grads: 175: Trevor Harber|
|Occupation:||Electrical Project Manager.||Car Colours:||White|
|Company Webpage:||Local Circuit:||Brands Hatch|
Ards test in Feb 2008.
Raced all eight rounds and recorded a finish.
Raced for four seasons still no podium Best finish is fourth.
2011 season ended at Rockingham with damaged car and no result putting me down the order.
2014 a change in fortunes with a lot of progress racing with a much more positive attitude getting to the front.
|Race Highlights:||Best result 10th at Silverstone. 5th at Anglsey. 4th at Brands Hatch 2009. 2010 Zolder the best racing experience. 2011 Was Castle Combe briefly running in second place before another fourth place. 2012 First trip to Spa was the best Experience. 2013 Still no podium but good weather and good racing at Spa was the racing highlight, but some good social weekends with the grads make up for that. 2014 7 podiums with the highlight by far on the podium at SPA taking my first second place at such an iconic circuit and in the wet. 2015 Best season yet no race wins still but finished third in class. 2016 1 podium mechanical woes along the way but enjoyable year. Still no race wins Highlight winning the Ben Vickers award for driving standards.|
|Interests:||Restoring cars,motorbikes or anything mechanical.|
|Grads: 176: Mark Carter|
|Occupation:||Consultant Engineer||Car Colours:||Orange and Black|
|Company:||Divergent Engineering Ltd||Car Year:||2000|
|Company's Service:||Engineering Consultancy||Hometown:||Dorchester|
|Company Webpage:||Local Circuit:||None in Dorset!|
Competed in club100 karting sprints and did some endurance karting events, including the British 24 Hours, before joining the Caterham Graduates.
Drove a NASCAR in Florida at 133 mph.
Had 10 glorious laps of the Circuit du Var in a 1991 AGS Formula One car with 650 bhp to play with!
Lapped Las Vegas Motor Speedway at 169 mph in an Indycar, topping 182 mph on the 'straightaway'.
|Race Highlights:||2013 : Finished 8th out of 16 in my first 'proper' motor race, which was at Pembrey, and came 9th in the Classic Championship. 2014 : Ended my second season with a 3rd place at Spa Francorchamps (my first podium) and secured 6th place in the Classic Championship. 2015 : Best results of 4th place at Brands Hatch and at Zandvoort, and finished 5th in the Classic Championship. 2016: 3rd again at Spa and 6th in the Classic Championship after having to miss my first race meeting.|
|Interests:||Motor Racing, Bobsleigh, Trekking in the Mountains and staying alive long enough to get something back from my Pension Plan.|
|Grads: 177: Colin Jardine|
|Occupation:||Managing Director||Car Colours:||Orange / Black|
|Company:||Proform Connect||Car Year:||1999|
|Company's Service:||Computer Systems Integration and Data Migration||Hometown:||Ross-on-Wye|
|Company Webpage:||http://www.proformconnect.co.uk||Local Circuit:||Llandow|
|Race History:||None before a very poor first season in Supergrads in 2007 and an even worse season in 2008. I did pick up some silverware in 2008 2 x P2 in Quali races. I missed 1/2 of 2009 and all of 2010 due to work & family commitments, then switched to Classics in 2010. Now gradually moving up the pack and looking forward to a first race win in 2015.|
|Race Highlights:||Double Pole position at Rockingham 2014, followed by my first proper podium (3rd) in the first race. Racing at Spa taking a place on the last lap by a few 100ths of a second. Not a win but it felt like it for a while!|
|Interests:||My eight grand children, Racing, Sailing, Classic Tractors and all sorts of other Boy's Toys|
|Grads: 178: Iain Kinghorn|
|Occupation:||Chief Engineer||Car Colours:||Blue / Yellow|
|Company:||Flakt Woods Ltd.||Car Year:||2000|
|Company's Service:||Hometown:||Layer de la Haye|
|Company Webpage:||Local Circuit:||Brands Hatch|
|Race History:||Enjoyed my first full season in 2016. Didn't pose any threat to the front runners, or the midfield most of the time.|
|Grads: 180: Michael Segal|
|Company Webpage:||n.a||Local Circuit:||brands|
|Race History:||raced in 750 motor club. last race wilhire 24 hour race at snetterton.|
|Race Highlights:||finishing the 24hour in our golf gti,raced caterham the last four years .|
|Interests:||tennis, golf , eating|
|Grads: 181: Matthew Carpenter|
|Occupation:||Company Director||Car Colours:||Black and green|
|Company Webpage:||Local Circuit:||Oulton Park|
|Race Highlights:||For me every race is a highlight!!!|
|Interests:||Spending time with my family, mountain biking, Arsenal F.C.|
|Grads: 182: Matthew Willoughby|
|Occupation:||Chartered Surveyor||Car Colours:||Black with white and red stripes|
|Company:||Fisher German LLP||Car Year:||1998|
|Company's Service:||Chartered surveyors||Hometown:||Lincoln|
|Company Webpage:||www.fishergerman.co.uk||Local Circuit:||Cadwell Park|
2013 Lotus 7 Club sprint and hillclimb champion.
Classic Grads 2012
Donington - 11th & 10th
Rockingham - 7th & 10th
Cadwell - 8th & 8th
Spa - 7th & 8th
Classic Grads 2015
Cadwell - 2nd & 2nd
Silverstone GP - 4th & 3rd
Classic Grads 2016
Silverstone GP - 1st & 3rd
Snetterton - 3rd and DNF
The rest of the season was a bit rubbish as I struggled with car problems.
|Race Highlights:||The Spa weekend in 2012. Winning on the Silverstone GP circuit in the wet, taking the lead by overtaking around the outside at the last corner.|
|Grads: 185: Paul Gardner|
|Occupation:||Managing Director||Car Colours:||Orange & black|
|Company:||Sinclair & Rush Ltd||Car Year:||2000|
|Company's Service:||Plastic & rubber moulding||Hometown:||Harvel|
|Company Webpage:||www.sinclair-rush.co.uk||Local Circuit:||Brands Hatch|
|Race History:||Rockingham, Thruxton, Brands Hatch, Anglesey, Spa|
|Interests:||Play Saxophone in a band Lay minister in Church of England Rugby fan|
|Grads: 186: Darren Grainger|
|Occupation:||Commissions Analyst||Car Colours:||VW Jazz(Light) Blue|
|Company's Service:||Hometown:||Tilehurst, Reading|
|Company Webpage:||Local Circuit:||Castle Combe/Thruxton|
|Sponsors:||Warwick Wools Text to display|
2007 Class: Grads
Started Racing: Grads 2002
No of races: 100+
Best result: 6(Oulton Pk Race 1 2013 & Pembery 14(x2))
No of wins:
No of podiums:
|Race Highlights:||Qualifying 2nd for both races at Oulton Park 2013 and finishing 6th in the first race. Finishing 7th Overall 2014 Championship Best Improver Medals from Rockingham 05, Snetterton 06, Pembery 06, Spa 06, Pembery 07, Mallory 07 & Silverstone 08(x2), Silverstone 11, Donington Pk 11, Thruxton 12, Oulton 12, Silverstone 13, Donington 13, Donington 14, Anglesey 14 & Pembery 14(x2), Silverstone 14 & Croft 14 & Rockingham 14, Snetterton 14|
|Interests:||Skiing, Football, Tennis, Music, Retro Computing|
|Grads: 190: Paul Hawker|
|Occupation:||Retired||Car Colours:||Black and Orange|
|Company Webpage:||Local Circuit:||Brands|
|Grads: 191: Pete Cannard|
|Occupation:||Retired||Car Colours:||Black & Blue with a bit of silver|
|Company Webpage:||Local Circuit:||Castle Combe|
Raced with the Grads since 2001
Started Racing: Academy 2000
No of races: 120+
Best result: 7th out of 16 at Brands and Anglesey.
No of wins: I wish
No of podiums: In my dreams
|Race Highlights:||Having some very close races. Being awarded the Ben Vickers Memorial Trophy at the Caterham Dinner Dance in November 2008.|
|Interests:||Photography, cycling, kayaking. Renovating my 1935 Morris 10/4. Volunteer safety boat driver in Bristol Harbour for Sailability.|
|Grads: 194: Peter Tattersall|
|Occupation:||Systems Test Engineer||Car Colours:||Alunimium / Black|
|Company:||Tattersall Computer Developments Limited||Car Year:||2000|
|Company's Service:||Software / Systems Test Engineer||Hometown:||Burnley|
|Company Webpage:||RacingPeter.com and ukPHEV.com and ukVikingRunes.c||Local Circuit:||Oulton Park|
|Sponsors:||Myself. Unfortunately my accountant cannot justify sponsorship through my business.|
For 2016 I wrote in my RacingPeter.com blog that I was targeting three podiums, with at least one win. This was quite a claim considering my mid-field and lower results until then. The confidence came from the support that GRS was providing, who started looking after me in 2015 and helped me towards a Thruxton third-place that year. It turned out that I wasnít far off with my 2016 predictions. I was punted out of the lead at the last corner at Thruxton and only just missed out on a podium at Brands Hatch. A crash whilst on the pace at Oulton Park took me out for a quarter of the season, whilst my Spa performance was, sadly, disappointing.
For 2017, if the car is as well sorted as we believe, it is going to be a good year. Whilst eight podiums is an over-ambitious target, four is more than attainable. So Iíll settle for predicting a win and two podiums in the first half of the season and building from there in the second half.
2017 Race Results
A postscript is that I donít even know if I will be racing at Oulton Park, having just lost my mum. She was always proud of my racing and would want me to attend. Also, I have a lot of good friends in the paddock and amongst the Classics in particular, so I would like to be at the circuit even if I decide against racing.
Qualified second for Race 1. Got an immediate lead which I lost soon after. Spent the race dicing for the lead and picked up my first ever win. This despite the handling having gone awry.
The diff failed in the first lap of qualifying, so I had to start at the back of the grid. I soon caught the lead pack and had a very busy time. Avoiding a collision late on dropped me back, but I was able to finish second.
Qualified second for both races; I had not expected to do well, so that was a god start. The Race 1 start was a farce, as only the new drivers had been told that there would be no green flag lap. I held onto third and later challenged for the lead with a foolish move that was only ever going to end in contact. This caused damage to my car that contributed to a spin into the tyre-wall. It was a big hit but somehow the car was okay and I continued on to finish a lonely third.
Race 2's start involved a lot of wheel-spin which dropped me to third. Poor tactics dropped me to fifth before I regained fourth. Having taken third at the entry to The Mountain, I was tagged and spun out on the exit to it, dropping me to ninth place. I spent the rest of the race catching and passing cars, finishing in ninth.
No testing, which is rare for me. I do know the circuit though, so felt it was not necessary. I was off the pace in qualifying and then was punted off in the first lap, ending my race.
An electrical issue developed which was eventually traced to a wire coming loose at I turned right, causing the car to continuously stall and bump-start. As a result I finished tenth in Race One. With the issue sorted for Race Two, I challenge for second on the final lap, went off and had to settle for fifth.
A subdued weekend with me feeling I was down on power. Two seventh places was the result. We now believe it was the new unscrubbed tyres I was running post Donington Park, causing low exit speed onto the final long straight.
Now onto my third set of tyres, this time scrubbed. This turned out to be the solution that I was seeking, as my competitiveness was back. Qualifying was a disaster as I was slowed in the first lap which proved to be the only dry lap; I wasn't far into the second lap when the rain came down, so I qualified seventh and fourth for my two races.
Race 1 went well until I caught a slower Super that did not let me by for over a lap, by which time my race was ruined and I finished sixth.
Race 2 was better. I lead into the first corner and again several times, as most of the leaders. I finished second, just 0.02 seconds behind race winner Smith.
|Race Highlights:||2017, Pembrey, Races 3 and 4: I had my first win followed by a second place.|
|Interests:||Twice a week I enjoy going to the gym where I spend 2.5 hours trying to kill myself. I do mainly circuit training (I have over 60 one-minute exercises, which are building as I add to them). I concentrate on my core muscles, back, knees and balance. Amongst the weirder of my exercises are one-legged squats on a dome and two-legged squats while standing on a medicine ball. I enjoy reading and have discovered 'Faction' (fiction based on fact). Authors include Scarrow, Cornwell, Sidebottom and Iggulden. I particularly look for books based on Ancient Rome. I have written a children's book on a boy who becomes a racing driver. I am currently the editor of the CGRC newsletter Graduate News.|
|Grads: 199: Nigel Liddell|
|Occupation:||Chartered Accountant||Car Colours:||Black|
|Company:||N J Liddell & Co||Car Year:||2000|
|Company Webpage:||Local Circuit:||Snetterton|
|Race History:||Started racing in Graduates club in 2008, no previous race experience.|
|Race Highlights:||Not finishing last, occasionally! 2016 another great year, maybe not for results but some great racing and good company.|