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Welcome to a new feature on our website where we spend 5 minutues having a Q&A with our FUCHS sponsored motorsport competitors.

With season delays affecting all 2020 motorsport schedules, now is the perfect time to get to know a little more about our riders and drivers.

This week, Classic Racing Car maestro Gary Spencer answers our questions.
 

What was your first memory of watching motorsport?
Going to watch the annual Transatlantic bike races – USA v GB – at Oulton Park with my father in the 1970s. It was the first time we all saw Kenny Roberts and Barry Sheene go head-to-head – and what a lot of great battles they had.
 

Who was/is your motorsport hero?
David Thorpe, World MX champion in 1985, 1986 and 1989. I raced against him at schoolboy MX level. However, like everyone else, you didn’t actually race against him – you were just on the track at the same time as him!
 

What is your proudest achievement?
Anyone who has built a business from nothing will understand the long hours and many sacrifices. However, I’m immensely proud of the reputation we now have.
 

Where is your favourite circuit/track to race?
Spa.
 

What’s your biggest remaining motorsport ambition?
Although we have had podiums and class wins, the overall win at the Historic Spa 6 hours is missing off the CV. Six hours, flat out, going into the night with fuel stops – a fantastic ‘team’ event.
 

It’s a non-racing weekend. Is your Saturday evening spent out on the town or a quiet night in?
Being 59 years old, married and with a Jack Russell, it’s a quiet night in.
 

What’s your favourite takeaway – Chinese, Indian or Fish & Chips?
Chinese.
 

If any celebrity could be your co-driver for your next race, who would you choose?
Peter Kay, no chance of winning but the driver change would be hilarious.
 

What is your favourite tune to drive to?
Bob Seger and Hollywood Nights.
 

What is your funniest story from motorsport?
After an exhausting five days, we won the very prestigious Tour Auto Rally. Unfortunately, we celebrated well into the night and ended up leaving our trophies, watches etc in a bar. The good news was they were all still playing the next morning.
 

How are you spending your time during the Covid-19 lock down?
Bikes have been a huge part of my life and, even aged 59, I still race a KTM enduro bike on any weekend I have the time. However, age and a lack of talent eventually caught up with me two weeks ago and I’m now spending lockdown hobbling around with a broken leg/ankle.
 

How long have you been sponsored by FUCHS/FUCHS Silkolene? How does the sponsorship help?
We’ve been very happily associated with FUCHS for the past seven years. Knowing we not only use first class products but also have access to the great technical back-up team is a fantastic reassurance to us all. When some of our cars can cost in the region of £2 million and drivers have included ex-F1 and present day Touring Car, we know that the cars will be pushed to their absolute maximum.
 

Gary and his team use the following FUCHS products in their vehicles:

  • TITAN RACE PRO R 15W-50
  • TITAN RACE SYN 5
  • TITAN SINTOPOID LS 75W-140
  • FUCHS BRAKE CLEANER
  • FUCHS MAINTENANCE SPRAY

In this article we chatted to former British Speedway Champion Danny King:

  1. What was your first memory of watching motorsport?
    It would be watching the Speedway GP as a child. It was a big family affair. I started racing from six so was introduced to it at a young age.
     
  2. Who was/is your motorsport hero?
    On the speedway front it has to be Mark Loram (2000 World Champ). He was an out and out racer and someone I will always look up to.
     
  3. What is your proudest achievement?
    My proudest achievement has to be winning my British title (2016) I had come close many occasions so it was nice to finally lift the trophy.
     
  4. Where is your favourite circuit/track to race?
    My favourite circuit is, without doubt, the new Belle Vue track. It’s where I won my British title and is an amazing track to race on.
     
  5. What’s your biggest remaining motorsport ambition?
    To qualify for the GPs and have a go at becoming World Champ and to win another British title.
     
  6. It’s a non-racing weekend. Is your Saturday evening spent out on the town or a quiet night in?
    Definitely a quiet night in with my wife and kids. I have a very busy schedule so anytime I’m free I want to be spending it with them.
     
  7. What’s your favourite takeaway – Chinese, Indian or Fish & Chips?
    Chinese 100%.
     
  8. What is your favourite tune to drive to?
    I have a very wide range in music but I quite like driving to Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen or Ed Sheeran.
     
  9. What is your funniest story from motorsport?
    Has to be the time I flipped the bike doing a wheelie celebration. Very embarrassing but not much you can do but bow to the crowd and take it on the chin.
     
  10. How are you spending your time during the Covid-19 lockdown?
    My wife is a deputy headteacher at a primary school so is a key worker. So I am home with the kids trying to school them and have a little fun as well. To be fair I think they are teaching me more!
     
  11. How long have you been sponsored by FUCHS Silkolene? How does the sponsorship help?

    This year will be my 10th year with FUCHS Silkolene. We have a great relationship and they have really supported me throughout my career. FUCHS are the best products on the market and using them I know my machinery is at its best and that makes a big difference when racing at top level.
     

  12. What products do you use and what for?
    I use FUCHS Silkolene All In One, Break Cleaner, Pro Prep, red grease and copper grease for the general maintenance on the bikes, Foam Filter Spray on my air filter socks and Chain Lube on my chains.

 

Read more about Danny on our dedicated FUCHS Silkolene website.

This week we catch up with Caterham competitor Jamie Elwood.
 

What was your first memory of watching motorsport?
I remember the Nigel Mansell era, but it was actually Damon Hill who got me into loving motorsport (and particularly F1). I still remember being up at 3am watching the 1994 Australian GP, and the gutting feeling after the collision and Hill having to retire.
 

Who was/is your motorsport hero?
Ayrton Senna as his car control with basic suspension and manual gears is something to behold. Just watch a lap around Monaco and it says everything about the man.
 

What is your proudest achievement?
I am extremely proud to have won eight Caterham Chapmionships and to be quoted by the manufacturer as the most successful Caterham racer ever. But my proudest achievement is my five-year-old son, Tyler, who is just starting to take an interest in motorsport. It won’t be long before I’ll be supporting him.
 

Where is your favourite circuit/track to race?
I have got to say that I always look forward to racing at Cadwell Park. It suits the Caterham perfectly and rewards good technical driving.
 

What’s your biggest remaining motorsport ambition?
I am fortunate to have achieved the motorsport goals I have set myself so far, but to get to ten championships would be amazing. Although, just getting out in the car for a competitive weekend is more than enough ambition for now.
 

It’s a non-racing weekend. Is your Saturday evening spent out on the town or a quiet night in?
Being a family man now, my hand is slightly forced. And that is fine. But it makes the rare Saturday nights out even more enjoyable.
 

What’s your favourite takeaway – Chinese, Indian or Fish & Chips?
Any / All !!! I love takeaways. But, if I HAD to choose, it would be Indian.
 

If any celebrity could be your co-driver for your next race, who would you choose?
Peter Kay! We certainly wouldn’t be competitive, but it would be hilarious.
 

What is your favourite tune to drive to?
Anything by Swedish House Mafia.
 

What is your funniest story from motorsport?
Funny how things sometimes work out. I was fighting for the Championship in the last round at Spa Francorchamps. There were two races and I just needed to finish one place behind my championship rival in one. In the first race, I was in a championship winning position until a car went wide in front of me and spun back onto track collecting me and taking my front right wheel clean off. This caused all the cars behind to spin in avoidance (including my rival). As I was scraping to a halt, I saw my rival facing me and there was a naughty chance to end his race too. But my racing morals soon overcame this thought and I steered away. He recovered and went on to win. So, now I have no car for the second race and still need to finish one place behind my rival. My championship is over….. until a very friendly competitor offers me their car for race two. I lap up the opportunity, but as a penalty, I am forced to start from dead last – 58th position. 30 minutes later I am up to 6th and my competitor is 3rd. As we take the chequered flag, I move up to 5th and he is passed to 4th. That is the position I need to win the championship by one point. Phew!!
 

How are you spending your time during the Covid-19 lock down?
Lots of family time. Lots of Dinsey+. And I have got myself a racing sim rig to do some online racing. The Caterham fraternity have a race on Assetto Corsa every couple of days. I am pretty poor at the moment, but plenty of time for practice.
 

How long have you been sponsored by FUCHS/FUCHS Silkolene? How does the sponsorship help?
I have been sponsored by FUCHS for four years. The FUCHS sponsorship is essential for making sure my car is in the best shape to win races and compete for championships. Performance and reliability are key to this, and this is what the FUCHS brand offers.

This week we catch up with Jeff Perrett, Kawasaki MX Team Manager

 

What was your first memory of watching motorsport?

I don’t live too far away from Matchams Park in Hampshire, so I think it’s going there to watch banger racing and then possibly going up to the motocross track with my dad to watch bikes. 

 

Who was/is your motorsport hero?

Graham Noyce was my first motorsport hero. I started racing MX in 1981 and he was the 1979 World MX champion and the main man in British MX at the time. The first picture I saw of him he was running the number 28, so I took that as my first racing number in MX. 

 

What is your proudest achievement?

I’ve had a few in the sport. I had a successful youth career and won a lot of a nationals, but the proudest one was when I won a national when my dad was ill in hospital. I was also really proud when I won the Patchquick Trophy in 1999. My father had died many years before that but he would’ve been proud I got my name on the same trophy as Graham Noyce, David Thorpe and many other huge names in the sport. I’m also proud of racing 250 World GPs for five years as a privateer and travelling around the world with my brother as my mechanic. 

 

What is most difficult about managing a team?

I would say the off season. It’s pretty stressful at times organising all the sponsorship product and making sure everyone has what they need from riders to mechanics. It’s always more difficult when we have new riders join the team and we have to start fresh with them. I do love the design process each year and coming up with a fresh look for the bikes and when we finally build up the race bikes and they look immaculate. 

 

What advice do you give to your drivers/riders?

The main thing I always tell them is to have fun and don’t get stressed about their racing. Motocross is a young man's game and you have to enjoy it the best you can while your body allows you to perform at a high level. We’re a youth development team so I expect them to make mistakes, and I’m okay with that, if they learn from them and stay calm about it. 

 

What is the secret of your success?

I think a big part of our success is having a really relaxed atmosphere in the team, apart from selecting good riders of course. I think it also helps that I used to race at a high level so the lads on the team respect that and maybe listen a bit more when I advise them. We really try to make it fun and I remind them of that at almost every race we attend. 

 

On which criteria did you select your drivers?

For us the rider has to have an all-round good package. We won’t work with a rider if we feel they have too much baggage with them, like a too pushy parent or a private sponsor who will want to do it their way. They obviously need to be good and ideally title contenders from the get-go but that’s not essential. Sometimes we’ll take on a rider who we know won’t be a front runner straight away but we see the potential. 

 

What are your 2020 objectives?

To get back to racing and love every minute of it! We’ve already won the Arenacross UK rookie title this year with Ben Clayton and we’re leading the British Youth MXY2 championship with Cullen Scott, but then the world shut down! 

 

Where is your favourite circuit/track to race?

On a personal level I’ve been fortunate to race at many tracks all over the world. I’ve always loved Farleigh Castle and the track I helped design on the Isle of Wight for the 2004 British GP was awesome, mostly because of the dirt and the lie of the land. The AMA MX track at Washougal in America is something else, as is Budds Creek in Maryland. From a team point of view, I quite like it when we go to Canada Heights in Kent. It’s a good, challenging track and they traditionally get a good crowd coming out to watch. 

 

What’s your biggest remaining motorsport ambition?

For Team Green to keep winning championships (we’ve won at least one every year since we re-invigerated the team seven years when Kawasaki asked me to become Team Manager). I also would like us to keep evolving and be innovative with our programme and continue to be front runners in our field. 

 

It’s a non-racing weekend. Is your Saturday evening spent out on the town or a quiet night in?

It depends on how I feel at the time and what my mates are doing. I’ve never been one for night clubbing, it’s just not my type of music. I’ve always preferred rock music and go to quite a few gigs. I’m happy to go to the local pub and have a good catch up with people I don’t get to see too often, but I’m also happy to stay in with good company and bottle of red. 

 

What’s your favourite takeaway – Chinese, Indian or Fish & Chips?

Oh…that’s tough one because I can genuinely say that food is my number one passion in life. Our local Chinese just edges it. 

 

What is your funniest story from motorsport?

There so, so many. I’ve been doing this since 1981. I was a privateer traveling the GP tour in a Mercedes 508. It was nicknamed the ‘fun bus’, not by me but by other riders. One story that comes to mind is the day after the Spanish GP in 1999. The factory Suzuki and KTM teams stayed behind to test and we also stayed over. I had my Honda C-90 moped with us and I pushed it out of the venue unnoticed and then stripped off apart from my boxer shorts, which I rolled up like a sumo wrestler. I then rode flat out as close to their awning as possible screaming ‘Hombre, Hombre, Ariba, Ariba!’ stood on the seat wearing a helmet and welding googles. I then sneaked back and changed and went over to them later and they asked if I saw this mad guy on a bike. Of course, I said no and kept doing it throughout the day. To this day they don’t know it was me. 

 

How are you spending your time during the Covid-19 lock down?

I’m actually really busy! I’ve been doing all those little jobs around the house that never get done because I’m always so busy racing and I’m busy doing my other job as a journalist with www.dirthub.co.uk. I’m also starting a new vodcast show with Matt Crowhurst. Matt and myself host the Arenacross UK tour and now we’re starting a new show interviewing some of the bigger names in action sports. It will go out every Thursday after the 'clap for the NHS’ and we hope to raise funds for them. If it goes well we’ll continue to do it after we hopefully get out of lockdown. 

 

15) How long has your team been sponsored by FUCHS/FUCHS Silkolene? How does the sponsorship help?

We’ve been supported by FUCHS Silkolene for two years now. We started in 2018. It’s been a huge help because of the extensive, high quality product range and because it’s an umbrella type deal with Kawasaki UK across the board it helps with our promotion and marketing. We’re racing for championships and we couldn’t be in a position to win without quality products. 

In this article, we quized karter Matt Roberts in our '5 minutes with' feature:
 

  1. What was your first memory of watching motorsport?
    I have always been into motorsport in some form or fashion, from my dad taking me to watch the rallying or just watching F1 in the family home when I was really young.  
     
  2. Who was/is your motorsport hero?
    I don’t know about hero but drivers I definitely look up to are Adam Simmons and Martin Wonnacott as I really like their driving styles and both are more than happy to chat to and take advice from.
     
  3. What is your proudest achievement?
    As my motorsport career is only just starting, my proudest achievement to date would be achieving a professional license to compete in the British Drift Championship.
     
  4. Where is your favourite circuit/track to race?
    That would have to be Three Sisters Circuit, Wigan.
     
  5. What’s your biggest remaining motorsport ambition?
    To keep progressing and eventually win the Championship.
     
  6. It’s a non-racing weekend. Is your Saturday evening spent out on the town or a quiet night in?
    If we’re not racing, we are preparing, so Saturday or any other spare day would be back in the unit working on the car or making sure the spares and support vehicle are all working as they should.
     
  7. What’s your favourite takeaway – Chinese, Indian or Fish & Chips?
    Definitely Chinese for me.
     
  8. If any celebrity could be your co-driver for your next race, who would you choose?
    Unfortunately, you don’t have a co-driver in drifting but if I had to take a passenger, it would have to be Arnold Schwarzenegger. He was somebody I looked up to whilst I was growing up through my teens.
     
  9. What is your favourite tune to drive to?
    Don’t really have a favourite but I listen to anything from heavy metal to old school rave.
     
  10. What is your funniest story from motorsport?
    One incident comes to mind – we were at an event and when I was looking at the map, was convinced I knew what I was doing. So out for my first run, I ended up going the wrong way round on the track and having to stop with everybody running and waving at me. This was all after we were talking about people going the wrong way. LOL. 
     
  11. How are you spending your time during the Covid-19 lock down?
    One thing it is allowing me to do is finish off the smaller jobs that would have been pushed to the back of the list.  
     
  12. How long have you been sponsored by FUCHS/FUCHS Silkolene? How does the sponsorship help?
    This is my first year sponsored by FUCHS and the support has been amazing. The products that have been supplied really are the best and it is one area I no longer need to think about.

In this article, we quized karter Marcus Hudson in our '5 minutes with' feature:

  1. What was your first memory of watching motorsport?
    My first memory of watching motorsport was when I was about five-years-old. Saturday nights were spent at Wisbech Stadium watching Neil Bee race in Superstox, who my dad help run and mechanic for.
     
  2. Who was/is your motorsport hero?
    I don't have a motorsport hero, but I liked what Fernando Alonso did in F1 and he won Le Mans 24hr and is trying to win the Indy 500. Also, my father built and help run Neil Bee in Superstox in the 70s/80s, where Derick Warwick came from. Neil and my father won four World Championship titles together.
     
  3. What is your proudest achievement?
    My proudest achievement is being three-times British Grass Kart Champion and being unbeaten in five seasons. On the road kart it would be finishing second in the wet from starting 13th in the final round at Fulbeck.
     
  4. Where is your favourite circuit/track to race?
    My favourite kart circuit is Kimbolton in Cambridgeshire. It also has my favourite corner "Dan Wheldon". It’s positively banked and pulls some Gs through it.
     
  5. What’s your biggest remaining motorsport ambition?
    My Biggest remaining motorsport ambition is to win the Super 4 British Championship.
     
  6. It’s a non-racing weekend. Is your Saturday evening spent out on the town or a quiet night in?
    On a non-race weekend my Saturday evening would be spent out on the town with my wife for drinks and a meal.
     
  7. What’s your favourite takeaway – Chinese, Indian or Fish & Chips?
    My favourite takeaway is Chinese. I always have one on a Sunday night when I'm back home from a race weekend.
     
  8. What is your favourite tune to drive to?
    My favourite tune to drive to is "When It Rains It Pours" by Luke Combs.
     
  9. What is your funniest story from motorsport?
    My funniest moment in motorsport is... Once in a race I was trying to overtake the person in front. Down the main straight I showed myself on the inside. He was looking over his shoulder and blocked me so I went to the outside, he blocked me again whilst looking over his shoulder. I didn't manage to get by him that time but I thought I've got him looking behind at me so he not concentrating on his line. So, the next lap down the straight I went to the outside he looked over his shoulder to the inside didn't see me. So I moved to the inside, he looked outside didn't see me and by the time he moved his head back he was way passed the braking point and went sailing off the circuit and into the gravel hitting his steering wheel in frustration. I'd made up a position and was laughing inside my helmet.
     
  10. How are you spending your time during the Covid-19 lockdown?
    During the Covid-19 lock down I am still at work. As I am a BMW i-technician I am a key worker. During this time the only vehicles I am working on are NHS workers, police vehicles and vehicles broken down.
     
  11. How long have you been sponsored by FUCHS Silkolene? How does the sponsorship help?

    Hudson Motorsport have been sponsored by FUCHS Silkolene for the past five years. They help by supplying all our oil and maintenance products to go racing and to keep the kart looking great.
     

  12. What products do you use and what for?
    The products that we use at Hudson Motorsport are Silkolene Pro 2, Silkolene Pro Chain, Silkolene All in One, Silkolene Brake & Chain cleaner, Silkolene Silkopen, Silkolene Contact cleaner, Silkolene Pro Prep, Silkolene Wash Off, Fuchs Velvetone Wash & Wax and Fuchs Velvetone High Gloss Polish.

 

Read more about Marcus on our dedicated FUCHS Silkolene website.

The BXCC may have been cancelled for 2020 but FUCHS Sponsored Ryan Cook still hopes to be out at a few event.

  1. What was your first memory of watching motorsport?
    Like most people, my first taste of motorsport was F1 on television but my first real memory in person was the Group B rallying. My dad used to accompany the first responder medics and secured the cars in any incidents so I used to get all the stories from him, first hand.
     
  2. Who was/is your motorsport hero?
    I would have to say Sebastien Loeb. He had a phenomenal drive and will to win and what he has achieved is incredible. I remember one drive in the Race of Champions which was out of this world.
     
  3. What is your proudest achievement?
    I’m pretty proud of the fact that we compete in the BXCC. Many of our rivals are backed by substantial infrastructure and budgets and yet we still manage to be competitive - despite operating from a garage on the side of a house! Finishing second in the British Championship also brings back some very happy memories.
     
  4. Where is your favourite circuit/track to race?
    No question, the Sweet Lamb Rally Complex. It ticks all the boxes from both a pace and technical point of view.
     
  5. What’s your biggest remaining motorsport ambition?
    I’ve been racing since 1996 so I’ve certainly had a good innings. Winning the British Championship would be the icing on the cake.
     
  6. It’s a non-racing weekend. Is your Saturday evening spent out on the town or a quiet night in?
    I enjoy a nice quiet meal with my wife Claire but, just occasionally, I must admit I’m ready for a night out with friends.
     
  7. What’s your favourite takeaway – Chinese, Indian or Fish & Chips?
    Chinese – chicken curry fried rice and sweet and sour Cantonese.
     
  8. If any celebrity could be your co-driver for your next race, who would you choose?
    Someone like Sebastian Loeb he would be able to school me and make me smoother.
     
  9. What is your favourite tune to drive to?
    To be honest, I don’t have one specific tune. I’m a fan of the 1980s & 90’s but I’m of the opinion if it’s good, it’s good, regardless of the genre.
     
  10. What is your funniest story from motorsport?
    It was early on in my career and I had my dad as a navigator. We were racing in Wales and we had endured a very lucky escape earlier in the day. We were counting our lucky stars and continuing along the stage when the car jumped and we landed in a pool of shotgun cartridges from a clay pigeon shoot there were hundreds of them. It was like a soft play area full of cartridges. It was an eventful day and not one we have forgotten!
     
  11. How are you spending your time during the Covid-19 lockdown?
    It’s a combination of working from home supporting JLR design and re-painting my race van.
     
  12. How long have you been sponsored by FUCHS Silkolene? How does the sponsorship help?

    I was first sponsored by FUCHS in 2012 and I can’t speak highly enough of them. I use a number of products, including the TITAN RACE PRO 0W-20 and the TITAN RACE SYN 5, and they are all outstanding. But the area where FUCHS stands head and shoulders above the rest is their overall support. Nothing is ever too much trouble and they will always go above and beyond in terms of the backing they give. I get quite emotional when I think about the support FUCHS provides because without it, I wouldn’t be racing – it’s as simple as that.

We caught up with junior karting star and proud Silkolne supporter Freddie Housley.

  1. What was your first memory of watching motorsport?
    F1 and Speedway GP in 2011.
     
  2. Who was/is your motorsport hero?
    Tai Woffinden and Ayrton Senna.
     
  3. What is your proudest achievement?
    Karting World Finals Le Mans 2018.
     
  4. Where is your favourite circuit/track to race?
    Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi.
     
  5. What’s your biggest remaining motorsport ambition?
    Kart World Champion and F1 World Champion.
     
  6. It’s a non-racing weekend. Is your Saturday evening spent out on the town or a quiet night in?
    Night in.
     
  7. What’s your favourite takeaway – Chinese, Indian or Fish & Chips?
    Chinese.
     
  8. What is your favourite tune to drive to?
    ACDC!
     
  9. What is your funniest story from motorsport?
    My first time on a kart track at five-year-old I went in the wrong direction into oncoming karts.
     
  10. How are you spending your time during the Covid-19 lockdown?
    School work, fitness training, Xbox and annoying my sister.
     
  11. How long have you been sponsored by FUCHS Silkolene? How does the sponsorship help?

    Four years and it helps out massively. I have a constant supply of oils, sprays and cleaning products. I’m very proud to advertise such an iconic brand!

  12. What products do you use and what for?
    SILKOLENE PRO KR2 and SILKOLENE PRO 2 engine oils, SILKOLENE PRO RACE BRAKE FLUID, SILKOLENE BRAKE & CHAIN CLEANER, SILKOLENE UNIVERSAL BRAKE & CLUTCH FLUID and SILKOLENE ALL-IN-ONE SPRAY.

 

Discover Freddie's favourite products on our dedicated FUCHS Silkolene website.

In this article, we quized long-time FUCHS backed rally driver Steve Brown in our 5 minutes with feature:

  1. What was your first memory of watching motorsport?
    My first memory was going to the Sunseeker Rally with my dad. I think it was one of the last times it ran but I often followed him to events back then.
     
  2. Who was/is your motorsport hero?
    My hero is Petter Solberg. I remember watching him in the Subaru back in 2003 when he won the World Championship with Prodrive. 
     
  3. What is your proudest achievement?
    I have a few…. but the two which stand out for me will always be winning the Formula 1000 Championship on both gravel and tarmac and becoming the Best Newcomer 2019 in the British Rally Cross Championship.
     
  4. Where is your favourite circuit/track to race?
    My favourite event has to be Rally IOM - they have some very famous roads and I have competed on most of the stages on the island.
     
  5. What’s your biggest remaining motorsport ambition?
    I want to win a rally overall. I have won many class events and also won a Trophy Rally overall - but that doesn’t count in my opinion.
     
  6. It’s a non-racing weekend. Is your Saturday evening spent out on the town or a quiet night in?
    I must admit I am more of a stay in, having a quiet night person. Usually because I have spent all my money on rallying and the car and I have nothing left at the weekends!
     
  7. What’s your favourite takeaway – Chinese, Indian or Fish & Chips?
    A nice Chinese, sweet & sour chicken with egg fried rice.
     
  8. If any celebrity could be your co-driver for your next race, who would you choose?
    I would have to have Petter Solberg in the car. To have him offering advice on improving my driving would be a dream.
     
  9. What is your favourite tune to drive to?
    I enjoy the old school R&B.  We do have a running joke in the team that we only listen to S Club 7 on the way to a stage…… I can’t confirm or deny whether this is true!!!!!
     
  10. What is your funniest story from motorsport?
    I don’t have a specific event that particularly stands out. My team and I always have a laugh at every event we go to. The main part of the weekend for me is to have a good time and get the best result we can. 
     
  11. How are you spending your time during the Covid-19 lockdown?
    I have been trying to do as much work from home as possible. I work in the family business and we are in the motorsport trade so it’s a difficult time at the moment. I also spend a lot of time with my family on walks and playing in the garden. When the kids are in bed, the Xbox is on and DiRT Rally 2.0 is out!
     
  12. How long have you been sponsored by FUCHS? How does the sponsorship help?

    I have been backed by FUCHS since I started competing in Grass Track Racing back when I was 12. I have only ever used FUCHS products and they’ve never late me down. Currently my Micra uses TITAN RACE PRO S 5W-40 engine oil and TITAN SINTOPOID LS SAE 75W-140 in my gearbox, alongside a number of other FUCHS maintenance products to keep eveything running and looking as it should. The sponsorship this year has helped me redesign the stickers on the car (design to follow soon once we can collect the car from the signwriters!) and also helped to hopefully do the Ypres Rally in June, which will be my biggest event to date. Fingers crossed!

 

Stay tuned for Steve's new car livery (Delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions).

We spoke to Olly and Simon, Team Managers of FUCHS Silkolene supported GB Speedway:

  1. What was your first memory of watching motorsport?

    Olly: Watching Peterborough Speedway with my parents.
    Simon: Being taken to Stoke Speedway to watch my Uncle (Ian Stead) racing. My Grandad (Eric Stead) was the Promoter at Stoke at the time.

  2. Who was/is your motorsport hero?
    Olly: Simon Wigg/Jeremy McGrath.
    Simon: I loved watching Joe Screen racing both Grasstrack and Speedway. He was such a talent and I loved his all-action style! In terms of other motorsports, Valentino Rossi is an all-time great. 

  3. What is your proudest achievement?

    Olly: Representing my country at speedway and becoming GB team manager.
    Simon: There are a number of achievements which I am very proud of, so it is hard to single one out. However, my proudest are being the 125CC British Grasstrack Champion, U15 British Speedway Champion, three-times British U21 Speedway Champion, Racing in the British Speedway Grand Prix in Cardiff and, of course, representing Great Britain in the various different Test matches and World Cup competitions. 

  4. What is most difficult about managing a team?

    Olly: Managing a team in what is fundamentally an individual sport. Riders are paid and judged mainly on their individual performance therefore creating a single minded/selfish outlook.
    Simon: I would say finding out what makes my riders tick is the most difficult aspect of the job.  They are all individuals and bring different qualities to the team, so it is important for me to understand them in order to improve my man management and get the best results. 

  5. What advice do you give to your drivers/riders?

    Olly: Work harder than anyone else.
    Simon: Being a former rider, I can relate to most of the situations that my riders find themselves in, so I try to draw on my past experiences to give them the best advice possible in the given situation.

  6. What is the secret of your success?

    Olly: Belief, goal setting, and hard work.
    Simon: Hard work. Winning doesn’t happen by chance. 

  7. On which criteria did you select your drivers?

    Olly: Attitude, commitment, form.
    Simon: Riders are not only selected on their on-track performances, but also on how we see them approaching their own development, their contribution to the GB Speedway Team and their approach to representing their country.

  8. What are your 2020 objectives?

    Olly: For GB to win the Speedway of Nations and to continue building the foundations for a successful GB future in speedway.
    Simon: Winning Gold at the Speedway of Nations.

  9. Where is your favourite circuit/track to race?

    Olly: Peterborough.
    Simon: Sheffield Speedway.

  10. What’s your biggest remaining motorsport ambition?

    Olly: To win a World Championship gold medal.
    Simon: Taking the role of Team Manager for the GB Speedway Team has given me many more ambitions. As mentioned earlier, winning gold at the Speedway of Nations is just the beginning. 

  11. It’s a non-racing weekend. Is your Saturday evening spent out on the town or a quiet night in?

    Olly: Quiet night in watching motorsport.
    Simon: I enjoy both, but in the current circumstances it will be nice to enjoy a night out on the town!

  12. What’s your favourite takeaway – Chinese, Indian or Fish & Chips?

    Olly: Chinese.
    Simon: All three! 

  13. What is your funniest story from motorsport?
    Olly: It wasn’t funny at the time, but a Polish taxi driver (in Latvia) drove me three hours in the wrong direction on the way to a league match. I ended up arriving at the stadium half way through the race meeting.
    Simon: I am not sure my funniest stories should be printed! 

  14. How are you spending your time during the Covid-19 lock down?
    Olly: My engineering company is seen as a key provider so I am very much business as usual.
    Simon: My wife and I have just moved home so she has got me busy with a long list of jobs!

  15. How long has GB Speedway been sponsored by FUCHS Silkolene? How does the sponsorship help?
    Olly: Three years I think. It’s a huge help to our riders. Not only are their CASTORENE and Maintain products very good, the product support allows our riders to spend their budgets in other areas like engine tuning etc where sponsorship might not be available.

 

Find out more about GB Speedway on our dedicated FUCHS Silkolene website

Our second interview is with the 2019 British Rallycross BMW Mini Champion and long-time FUCHS sponsored Drew Bellerby - One half of the Sisters of Speed who alongside father and veteran rallycross driver Dave Bellerby make up the Bellerby RX race team.

  1. What was your first memory of watching motorsport?
    My first memory of watching motorsport is going to watch my Dad at British Rallycross events from the age of two. As soon as I was old enough to go, I went.
     
  2. Who was/is your motorsport hero?
    My motorsport hero is definitely my Dad. I have always looked up to my Dad. He’s guided me and given me opportunities no-one else has. He has also won various championships throughout his motorsport career. In my eyes he’s the perfect role model. 
     
  3. What is your proudest achievement?
    My proudest achievement is winning the BMW Mini Championship. I was the first female to win the title. After securing this title on the Sunday at the final round of the championship, I found it hard to believe as the Saturday didn’t go the way I wanted, but I drove my drive of the year.
     
  4. Where is your favourite circuit/track to race?
    My favourite circuit to race at is Pembrey, South Wales. I have had most success in my career at this track. The new circuit flows so well in both directions and I adapt very quickly to the change of clockwise and anti-clockwise. 
     
  5. What’s your biggest remaining motorsport ambition?
    My absolute goal is to drive in at least one WorldRX event. The dream seems so far away, but I know I am on the right path to achieve it. In the meantime, my goal is to win as many British Championships as possible.
     
  6. It’s a non-racing weekend. Is your Saturday evening spent out on the town or a quiet night in?
    My ideal weekend is spent in the workshop developing and preparing the rallycross cars, followed by a chilled night by the fire with a movie. I do occasionally go out to celebrate birthdays and special events.
     
  7. What’s your favourite takeaway – Chinese, Indian or Fish & Chips?
    My favourite takeaway is definitely Chinese. I order the same dish when I have a takeaway, sweet and sour chicken, fried rice and prawn crackers.
     
  8. What is your favourite tune to drive to?
    My favourite song to drive to is Bat Out Of Hell by Meatloaf. This is because my Dad used to have this song on loud when he was driving his Mitsubishi Evolution 8 down the moor roads near home. 
     
  9. What is your funniest story from motorsport?
    My funniest memory in motorsport is when I was racing at Pembrey Race Circuit in South Wales and we had to replace my right-hand wing mirror after every qualifying race because I got that close to apexes round the track. 
     
  10. How are you spending your time during the Covid-19 lockdown?
    Whilst off work during COVID-19, I have been doing DIY jobs around the farm. We have been building a new shed, painting and decorating and everyday jobs. My rallycross car has recently just been freshly re-painted, so will be doing final jobs on that before it gets stored away until race season can begin.
     
  11. How long have you been sponsored by FUCHS? How does the sponsorship help?
    FUCHS has sponsored us for five years. We use FUCHS products when preparing the cars, predominantly TITAN RACE PRO S 5W-30 and TITAN RACE SYN 5, as well as their maintenance aerosols and polish for the final prep of the cars. FUCHS has helped us enormously since we have been in contact with them and the exposure they provide for us means that we are contacted by Motorsport fans from all over the world, and from the most unlikely of countries; as an example, only weeks ago, we were contacted by someone from Tanzania!

Our first Q&A session is with former BSB Champion and current FUCHS Silkolene sponsored Paul Bird Motorsport & Vison Track Ducati rider Josh Brookes.

  1. What was your first memory of watching motorsport?
    My first memory of watching motorsport is going to Eastern Creek Circuit in 1991 when the 500GP came to Sydney, where previously it was at Phillip Island.
     
  2. Who was/is your motorsport hero?
    Ricky Johnson.
     
  3. What is your proudest achievement?
    Winning my first World Championship race as a wildcard at Phillip Island.
     
  4. Where is your favourite circuit/track to race?
    Internationally I’d say Suzuka, In Australia, Eastern Creek and in BSB, Thruxton.
     
  5. What’s your biggest remaining motorsport ambition?
    To ride a 500 GP two-stroke. It may seem strange as it was 20 years ago they finished racing two-strokes, but I still hope to have the chance to ride one some day.
     
  6. It’s a non-racing weekend. Is your Saturday evening spent out on the town or a quiet night in?
    A quiet night in. Usually in the shed working on bikes. I get anxiety when I’m in crowded places so I don’t enjoy being out.
     
  7. What’s your favourite takeaway – Chinese, Indian or Fish & Chips
    Chinese.
     
  8. What is your favourite tune to drive to?
    I mainly stream radio from home in Australia.  Usually it would be Triple J, but a recent change to hosts has me irritated, so now its Luke Boner on TripleM.
     
  9. What is your funniest story from motorsport?
    It wasn’t funny for me, but everyone brings it up… when I crashed doing a wheelie after a race on my 125 in 2000! My first full year in road racing.
     
  10. How are you spending your time during the Covid-19 lock down?
    I’m at home like everyone else, mainly working in the garage on bikes. Our house has five acres so I’m trying to keep active with cycling, MX and jet skiing at home too. 
     
  11. How long have you been sponsored by FUCHS Silkolene? How does the sponsorship help?
    I’ve had sponsorship through PBM since I joined them in 2019. However, I’ve been using Silkolene for a long time. Racing at the highest level in BSB we need a premium product with proven quality and performance to ensure our equipment is well maintained and prepared.
     
  12. What products do you use and what for?
    Obviously the BSB race bike uses a specially advanced race-specific fully synthetic 4-stroke engine oil (SILKOLENE PRO 4 PLUS 10W-50), but for my leisure bikes and jet skis I use Silkolene two-stroke oils. 

 

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