my career fourteen years ago working Hyperion, the motor sport division
of Caterham Cars. My job involved the building and preparation of
the cars for race and track days, I was also involved with a hill
climb car for a Jersey customer witch was built using a two litre
BDG engine giving 250bhp and an 8 speed split ratio Quaife gear
box giving the two ratios he wanted for road and race use.
After about 14 months I moved into rallying with the Ford team
and have been working with them to the present day for the past
13 years. The job involves the building and preparing of the cars,
whether it's the works team car for Colin McRae and Carlos Sainz
or one of the many privateers running in various national series.
I started by working on the RS Cosworth and have progressed through
the years to working on the WRC Focus, the most sophisticated rally
car ever. Part of the job is as an event support mechanic, this
involves maintaining the car and changing parts, from a simple tyre
change to a gear box or turbo replacement. All of this has to be
done during race time and against the clock, the temperature of
the turbo could be as high 950 degrees but still needs changing.
Moving on through the years of development seeing changes not only
to the body work but in the braking system, hydraulic system and
electronics, the cars have now become so complicated that the laptop
has become as much a part of my toolkit as the spanner and wrench.
A touring car that I built for the Czech championship had full telemmetry,
every pressure, temperature and movement was recorded, this allowed
Me to act on the information. The changes made to the car were more
accurate than just driver input.
After gaining huge experience with rallying I have now turned my
spare time into improving the chassis and suspension settings on
the TVR range. The list of satisfied customers is proof enough that
it really does work, you can find out more about the cars I've worked