The Birkett is GO!

I’m very pleased to announce that I will be joining an all-MR2 team for the six-hour 750MC Birkett Relay race at Silverstone on Saturday 25th October. A plan to race in a Seat Supra Cup car fell through so its a great honour to have been invited to join one of Rogue Motorsport’s teams and I’ll be racing in a Toyota MR2 Roadster – a variant of the car I raced for a round of the MR2 Championship last season. “Rogue’s Troopers” will consist of Martin Farrelly, my race coach and great friend Malcolm Edeson, Will Powell and myself – and we are aiming to double-stint the race, meaning I should be out on track for 90 minutes.

The Toyota MR2 Roadster
The Toyota MR2 Roadster

The culmination of the 2014 racing calendar for most drivers, the Birkett is almost unique, dates back to 1951, and is the brainchild of one of the 750 Motor Club’s founder members – Holland “Holly” Birkett. The race is held on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit and accommodates up to 70 teams of between 4 and 6 drivers with cars competing in a unique relay race format. Each team has to lap the circuit as many times as they can within the six hours, with only one of their cars running at any one time. The race attracts an eclectic mix of vehicles – everything from 1960s MG Midgets to BMW M3’s, hordes of Caterham derivatives and modern sports racing cars such as Radicals.

View of a typical Birkett garage - variety is the spice of life!
View of a typical Birkett garage – variety is the spice of life!