DOWN THE PUB

Motor Sport News - - Historics - WITH BENN TIL­LEY

He’s still only 16 “I’ll be 17 in Oc­to­ber just be­fore the end of the sea­son. I started kart­ing when I turned nine at the end of 2009. We did three years in Cadets and then Ro­tax. I had a year out in 2013 and then we bought a Ju­nior Sa­loon Citroen Saxo for 2014 and fin­ished fourth in the points. There was talk of chang­ing the car used in the se­ries, so we sold it at the end of the sea­son. But we should have kept it as the car didn’t change.”

He’s rac­ing a bor­rowed car “My dad Stu­art built the For­mula Ford Mer­lyn just when I was born at the end of 1999. Si­mon Had­field bought the car and handed it to my dad to re­build it and race it. The car has been with Si­mon ever since and he’s loaned it to me now. We did two or three test days once I was 16 and I started rac­ing it at the start of this sea­son.”

He’s al­ready been on the podium “Cad­well Park was my fifth race meet­ing in the For­mula Ford. We did the first Clas­sic FF1600 race at Sil­ver­stone just to get used to the rac­ing and then did the first His­toric round at Cas­tle Combe. It has gone very well and at Cas­tle Combe I qual­i­fied third out of 37 and fin­ished third in my race. I got pole at Sil­ver­stone but then it rained and I’d never driven it in the wet. But I still fin­ished third.”

The bud­get is very tight

“It’s go­ing very much bet­ter than I’d hoped. My dad and I do all the prepa­ra­tion and Si­mon gives us ad­vice and helps us out. We’ve had tyres given to us and petrol money be­cause our bud­get is very tight. I’ve just fin­ished taking my GCSES.”

He’s a fan of historics “I’d love to race any­thing I can to get my name out there. If money was no ob­ject, I’d prob­a­bly like to try mod­ern sin­gle-seaters, but look­ing at some of the driv­ing stan­dards I’m not so sure and I’d rather stay in historics. Peo­ple know the value of the cars in historics as they all own their own cars.”

He has a good team “I couldn’t go rac­ing with­out my dad, Si­mon Had­field, my mum Ann and Ian Toon who helps us with the car and comes to every meet­ing. So I owe a mas­sive thank you to all of them.”

Til­ley has turned heads

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