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For­mula Ju­nior cham­pion Age: 20 Lives: Sand­bach,cheshire

He’s For­mula Ju­nior cham­pion “The For­mula Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship has been our main thing this year with the BMC. It’s a bit odd think­ing that I’ve not won many races but I’ve won my class. My car uses drum brakes so I’m never go­ing to be able to com­pete with the fastest dis­cbraked cars.”

He fol­lowed his dad into rac­ing “Back in the day my dad Richard was very good in Mi­nis and he still loves it. I did some kart­ing and then moved into 500cc For­mula 3. It’s a pretty unique way into rac­ing but it was a good start and it got me into places where peo­ple started notic­ing me. Rac­ing and win­ning at Good­wood was pretty amaz­ing on my first time there in the 500. I won at Good­wood in 2015 and was sec­ond to Stu­art Roach in the Ju­niors this year.”

It is a self-run ef­fort “We look af­ter ev­ery­thing our­selves in­clud­ing build­ing the en­gine. It’s all done by the fam­ily. Dad is very hands-on with all of it and I couldn’t do it with­out him. I’ve not re­ally had a bad race this sea­son. I raced Pat Bar­ford’s Lola Mk3 at the Oul­ton Park Gold Cup and his fron­tengined Lola Mk2 at Mal­lory Park and won that race.”

They have an­other car “Next year we’re go­ing to rest our BMC as we’ve got an­other one to build. It’s an­other rear-en­gined BMC but it’s a disc-braked car. They were built in Amer­ica and I think we’ve got the only two in the UK and they weren’t very com­mon.”

He works in the fam­ily busi­ness “When I’m not rac­ing I do a mix of things and I do some me­chanic­ing for my dad and I do a bit of farm­ing some­times, which is a bit weird. The fam­ily busi­ness is work­ing on road cars and do­ing MOTS and then pre­par­ing the race cars in our spare time.”

He was on the over­all podium “It’s good to have won For­mula Ju­nior this year. I won the class in eight of the 11 races we did. I was on the over­all podium at Croft in our car and at Oul­ton in the Lola. At Cas­tle Combe in Oc­to­ber I was sec­ond over­all to Benn Til­ley with our drum-braked car, which was a good re­sult. It’s a pretty sig­nif­i­cant ti­tle in his­toric rac­ing.”

De La Roche: Ju­nior ti­tle

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