I’m 39, I’m a project manager and in my spare time, I play at being a racing driver!
Ever since my college days, the nickname ‘Cheesy’ has stuck. It’s been with me all through Uni and work and it’s followed me into motorsport. As many people call me ‘Cheesy’ ‘Cheese’ or ‘Ched’ than call me Chris! In fact, I’m fairly sure there are people out there who have no idea what my real name is!
My story seems common with many other people who take up the challenge of becoming a racing driver. I’ve always wanted to race cars. I never had the chance in my younger years, but from the first time I had a go in an indoor kart at about the age of 16, I knew it was something that I wanted to pursue.
Over the years, whenever money has allowed, I went on track days, rally days and experience sessions. All give enough for a smile on the face but all leave you wanting more.
Saving over the years and selling my beloved Lotus Elise released just about enough funds to make the journey into full sized racing viable and in 2013 I took part in the ever popular Caterham Academy Championship. The year was a brilliant success. Not only did I very nearly win the champinoship, I got to experience the highs, and lows of success and failure. Nothing makes you feel more alive!
In 2014 I upgraded my Academy car to Roadsport specification. Another really strong, consistent, season saw me highest points scorer, but dropped scores saw me 3rd in the Championship, just 4 points back from the win.
In 2015 the car moved onto Tracksport spec. And I had a roller coaster of a season with podiums as well as my lowest finishes to date. An unbelievably close and competitive seasons racing, with 10 people regularly fighting for podium slots. After the success of Academy and Roadsport, it was somewhat of a bump down to Earth.
In 2016 and 2017 I ran in the Caterham Supersport Championship. In what turned out to be the final year that Caterham would officially support this class of car, my 2017 season ended at Brands Hatch, with a dominant win, followed by a huge, season ending, crash. Sadly, that was the end of the original cheesemobile and it has been karted off to the great race track in the sky.
However, I have found a replacement Caterham 310R race car and this year I will be taking part in the Caterham Seven 310R Championship.
I will be ably supported by my family, once again, who’s tireless efforts to keep my headed in the right direction are utterly undeserved but thoroughly appreciated.
I am also supported this year by DPR Motorsport who’ve been an amazing help all through my racing to date. I love working with the team and I’m hoping this year to repay the help and support with a successful campaign.