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2019 had to be the year to get back to challenging for the title. After 3 years of ups and downs The car and engine finally looked in good shape after ending 2018 in good form.
Brands Hatch was the first round of the season, this can always throw up some crazy results as its a short lap and not so easy to overtake. My first time in the car was straight in to qually and straight away I noticed an issue. My race wheel which has all my reading was non-responsive. After many hours of checking wires and re-wiring there was no cure. Round one ended with a low scoring 30 points out of a possible 90.
The worst was yet to come as the complete system had to be sent away and didn’t arrive back in time for Silverstone.
From round 3 at Croft Lee went on a run of 10 podiums in 11 races (5 Wins, 3 2nds, 2 3rds & 4th) which left an outside chance of winning the title. But disaster struck as a final race, DNF due to a failure on the front left upright.
Lee ended the season in 3rd place.
After sitting the first half of 2018 out I made Lee made the return to the f1000 grid at Castle Combe. What looked to be the start of the comeback ended early with further engine issues creeping back in.
After further analysis and work on the engine we got the car back together for Croft. Now with only 2 rounds of the season to go it was all about finishing races and getting the car right for 2019.
Lee finished the final 4 races of the season with 4 podiums. 2 Wins, 2nd & 3rd.
A new livery and colour scheme for 2017 but engine problems after engine problems cut the year short.
4 Wins and 6 Podiums across the first 3 rounds, followed by a new lap record at Castle Combe put Lee in prime position to challenge for the championship. But missing the final 3 rounds of the championship due to engine issues lead to a disappointing 7th in the final standings.
A busy start to the year meant that Lee was unable to commit to a full season in 2016. Making his first appearance on the Sunday of round 3 at Rockingham. After taking pole in Qualifying a engine failure while leading took him out of the race.
Lee Returned for the final 4 rounds of the season taking 5 wins and 7 podium finishes securing a respectable 5th in the final standing.
Lee returned to the Formula Jedi Championship in 2015.
A new car and engine change from K6 to K8 GSXR.
It was a year of ups and downs taking wins at Silverstone, Snetterton, Cadwell and Donington park.
Come the final round of the year Lee was still in contention for the title. A win in the first race of the weekend took the title down to the wire. The lights went out for the final time and as Lee set off a driveshaft failure took him out of the race and out of the fight.
2nd in the Championship with 5 wins and 10 podiums
A move to F3 proved a difficult season in contrast to the highs of 2013. With Inconsistent handling of the F307 and lack of power, Lee struggled to mount a challenge.
Frustration at every round except for the highlight of Spa-Francorchamps where Lee Finished 3rd in torrential rain making the podium and splashing the champaign.
Pulling out of the final round, the team replaced Lee with a past champion who equally struggled. Lee finished 5th in the championship competing in 7 of the 8 rounds.
Lee’s toughest year, learning how much the financial stranglehold can hold you back from the adrenalin and excitement of competing for victories.
A terrific start to the season pushing the limit with double wins at Rockingham and Silverstone.
Disaster struck at Oulton park, but Lee was back winning in the sweltering heat at Anglesey.
With a blown engine at Brand Hatch, bouncing back again to success at Cadwell Park.
Then finishing the season off with 2 poles, 2 fastest laps and 2 nearly wins at Donington, and crowned 2013 CHAMPION.
In 2011 Lee took a year out to work on his fitness and get a budget together for 2012. He made the move to slick and wing single seaters and joined the BRSCC Formula Jedi Championship.
With a top speed of 150mph, 0-60 in 3 seconds and power to weight of 523bhp/ton. A pretty nifty piece of kit.
In his first year he took 2 wins and 3 podiums resulting in 3rd overall in the championship on a limited budget which allowed him to compete in only 9 of the 14 rounds.
It all started well with a double win at Silverstone with 3rd place in the European’s after the first round, but like 2008 disaster struck with more bad luck as Lee picked up a shoulder injury to put him out for the remainder of the year.
After a long recovery Lee did a winter 1 day test in a Fomula Renault at Silverstone and a 2 day test at Oulton park to try and make a move into single seaters, but budget was always going to be a factor and Lee was unable to raise enough to compete. Instead Lee went back to Superkarts and took on the British Championships again.
He won his first race back in the seat to take the prestigious UK Cup Trophy at Anglesey and after a tough season with money tight finished 2nd overall just keeping him off the top spot.
This started off a great year for Lee challenging for the British and European Superkart Championships taking on the top 60 drivers.
A fantastic first round at Nogaro Southern France finishing 9th. Round 2 took place at the Eurospeedway at Lausitz, Germany.
Race 1 Lee finished in 6th place and with that the honour of being the highest placed youngster of any nationality in the series history and finishing the highest placed British driver.
Race 2 saw disaster as Lee was caught up in a first corner crash which caused him to suffer broken ribs and pelvis in 3 places putting him out for the remainder of the season.
Lee entered the British Championship and finished 3rd at his first attempt taking wins, podiums and fastest laps at circuits including Oulton Park, Snetterton and Cadwell Park.
He also competed in a European Division 1 Superkart Championship race at Nurburgring in Germany running 7th until his engine expired on the last lap.
After success as a cadet Lee moved up to the more aggressive Junior TKM class, a 2-stroke 100cc engine which was capable of reaching speeds of 75mph.
Lee took on the national championship where he finished 8th, as well as winning the Dragon Master Championship at Glan-y-gors Kart Club twice in 2003 and 2005.
These years were championship winning years for Lee as he won the Winter Series Championship and 2001 Club Championship.
Along the way Lee took a number of race wins, podium finishes and lap records.
At 8 years old Lee passed his ARDS test at Three Sisters circuit and obtained his MSA race licence.
Once acquired Lee entered his very first races as a novice in the Three Sisters and Chasewater club championships.
He finished 6th at his very first race was 1st novice and got a fantastic trophy for his efforts.
Lee’s dad took him to visit the outdoor circuits at Rowrah and Chasewater.
Lee agreed with the circuit owners who allowed him to practice with the other older cadets on a Saturday, but wasn’t allowed to race as he was still too young to hold a MSA licence.
After purchasing a Comer engined Top Kart Cadet Chassis he went twice a month for 2 years.
These outdoor circuits were a great learning ground for Lee.
In 1992 Lee got a quad bike for Christmas riding it around the local open space and park areas. It was fun time spent with his dad where he learnt to enjoy the speed and thrill of being out in the open.
By ’93 Lee had soon out grown the quad bike and upon a visit to a local indoor karting circuit where he was too small and young to be allowed on track.
His enthusiasm to drive encouraged his dad to speak to the track owner who agreed to let Lee sit on his dad’s lap to steer the kart early on a Sunday morning before visitors arrived.
This went on for a number of weeks until his dad purchased a second hand adult kart which was cut down and adapted with big blocks of wood under his feet so he could reach the peddles.
The seed was sown.
Lee’s first taste of 4 wheels came at an early age with his first pedal kart.