BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Super Series Drivers 2019

Declan Lee #11

Declan Lee

Age 19
Home town HORSHAM
Best start this season 5
Best finish this season 5
Driven by Declan Lee

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My name is Declan Lee and I am a 16 year old student.  I have been fascinated about racing for many years and eventually in 2015 I got a chance to do some karting in France.  That led me to MS UK governed Race Karting with Project One Racing.  I’ve been competing in MS UK Karting competitions since 2015.  Mainly competing locally to me in Kent.  I am a member of Bayford Meadows Kart Club.  I currently run in the Senior Rotax class and I am current the 2018/19 Winter Club Champion and holder of the Junior Rotax club record for fastest lap.  I have run throughout with Project One Racing and am competing in the Club Championship and Kent Cup this year, where my circuit racing calendar allows.

I was diagnosed with severe Dyslexia when I was younger.  So most of my schooling was done at a specialist school for pupils who have learning difficulties.  Burys Court and Moon Hall College helped me get the grades needed last year to allow me to accept the offer to attend the Motor Sport UK Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence, (AASE) course based at Loughborough College.  This course is sponsored by the Motor Sports UK and is an academy for elite drivers. This allows me to focus on largely non-academic based study and instead concentrate on Motor Sport related studies – some technical, some related to driving and the commercial aspects of the sport.  I also get to spend a lot of time with many talented drivers and other sports related students. This is very cool! 

To support my college work I wanted to get involved in circuit car racing.  At the invitation of Bryn Griffiths of Monza Sport I attended three events of BRSCC MX 5 Mazda Championship.  Bryn runs a Mark 1 Mazda via Paul Austin of NHA Motorsport. I attended the Anglesea events in 2017 and 2018 as well as the season closer at Donington last year.  Bryn and Paul helped guide me through the nature and aspects of running in this series and after looking at other classes, I chose this as my entry level to circuit racing.  I completed my ARD’s test last year at Silverstone Circuit.  I am grateful to Bryn, Paul and his other drivers for their enthusiasm and kindness in response to my interest in their sport and joining the BRSCC.

I am really looking forward to a new challenge competing against some very experienced drivers.  I liked the cars, the closeness of the racing and the way it rewards not just pace but consistency (like karting which needs metronomic levels of precision to be successful).  The Paddock atmosphere is another big plus because what stands out is the enthusiasm for the sport.  It is quite different compared to National Level Karting and in very positive ways.  For junior drivers it compares very well to other classes, particularly on cost and also the type of drivers.

I am also really looking forward to working with my new racing team BLiNK Motorsport who have a great knowledge of Mazda Racing and developing up and coming drivers. This season I will work hard and I know there are going to be some hard lessons taught and some bad days.  By the end of the year it would be a great achievement to be in the top 10 rated drivers, particularly when you look at the quality of the drivers participating.  This is a great challenge for me but I have been working very hard for 4 years to get to this point, where I have enough skill to start a race and participate & enough potential for my supporters to feel I can develop my skills.   I wish my fellow competitors good fortune and safe racing.

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