16-year-old North Chadderton School student, Tom Brown, has set his sights on winning the 2014 Ginetta Junior Rookie Championship, after signing with Tollbar Racing, for a second season.
Tom’s fast, no-fear approachhas earned him a reputation as a true racer, one who’s not afraid to attack. His on track racingprowess has gained him a legion of fans across the UK, with key industry journalists followinghis rookie season with great interest.
Coming from a family passionate for motorsport, Tom was involved in motorsports from a very young age, attending race meetings with his father. Tom entered the annual Ginetta Junior Scholarship in October 2012, impressing various ‘big name’ drivers, including Adam Morgan (BTCC), Tom Ingram (BTCC) and Michael Simpson (British GT). Tollbar Racing team boss, Mike Flounders, also noticed Tom at the Scholarship and asked Tom to drive for his team, as he was “Very impressed”.
Tom made his racing debut at Silverstone in September 2013, in the Ginetta Junior Championship, with Tollbar Racing. Tom was able to adapt to the car quickly, and managed to achieve a 12th position finish in the race, beating several experienced drivers, including Ginetta Junior Scholarship winner, Jamie Chadwick. In Tom’s second race weekend – the season finale, at Brands Hatch, Tom managed to achieve a top 10 finish in conditions described as “un-drivable “ by the commentators. Despite being taken out by another driver on the first lap, Tom put his head down and got to work, and with only 8 laps to do it, Tom fought back from 16th position to take the chequred flag in 10th position.
Tom also has new sponsors for this season, including automotive oil giant, Millers Oils and race seatbelt manufacturer, Sabelt who are official suppliers to Red Bull and Ferrari F1 teams.
The season kicks off at the Kent circuit, Brands Hatch on 29th and 30th March, supporting the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), which will be shown on LIVE ITV4. Tom is looking forward to a good start to the season, and hopefully attracting financial supporters, who in return would gain vast publicity, and greater brand awareness. A recent article on Paddock Insight stated that “In terms of the rookie title, returning drivers Jonny Hadfield, Will Taylforth and Tom Brown will be the top challengers.”