July 24, 2018, at 2:38pm
The brothers achieved considerable success at national level, finishing 3rd and 4th in the British Superkart Championship in 2012. Ben holds the record for the youngest ever pole sitter at Snetterton (aged 18) whilst Toby won the British Superkart Grand Prix in 2013 and held the lap record at Bishopscourt in Northern Ireland.
After around 6 years in Superkarts, they both decided on a move to saloon cars with an eye on the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). This required them to adapt their driving skills and, with a ten-fold increase in costs, develop new skills in attracting partnership.
Toby entered a competition (run by Team Hard – a BTCC team) for aspiring racing drivers, testing a range of attributes including driving, fitness and interview skills. He secured the prize of a full season’s racing for 2016 by winning the competition, in the face of 130 other competitors in the VW Racing Cup. He won in his second ever car race at Rockingham and competed at Spa in Belgium.
This year, Toby has so far secured sponsorship for 5 of the 8 rounds in the VW Cup season; he is off to a great start with 5 podiums in these first 5 rounds of the VW Cup to date - a race win at Rockingham, a second place at Spa in Belgium and 3 thirds. He is currently running in 3rd place in the championship but needs a further £15k in funds to complete the final 3 rounds.
Ben works tirelessly seeking sponsorship and, in 2015, gained support to enter the Renault UK Clio Cup (which races on the same weekend as the hugely-supported BTCC) finishing an impressive 6th out of 24 cars at Silverstone in his first race. Further support has led to a local sponsor buying him a Renault Clio race car which, with additional sponsor support, he was able to compete briefly in the UK Clio Cup in 2016; hampered by a lack of funding and sponsorship deals falling through at the last minute, he has not yet competed this year.
Whilst the family was able to fund their Superkart careers, the brothers are now reliant on corporate partnership for car racing if they are to achieve their dream of racing in the BTCC.
If any OUs might be interested in, or might know a business which would be interested in a corporate sponsorship package to support their progress in the sport, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com for more information.
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