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Simon Gleadall

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Racing from his Bradford base, Simon joined the formula in 2020 with the former Gordon Pooley / Peter Gillet side engined Vauxhall powered car after a break from racing of some 14 years. The first season yielded some reasonable results for Simon with 3 podiums and an overall position of 6th in the points but the first win eluded him. The car is having some upgrades for the 2021 season to try and get a little more speed and ensure reliability in order to get as much track time as possible over the coming season.

Simon began his racing career in 1993 at the age of 18 in a car built by he and his father in their garage. After a slow start and a near vertical learning curve 1994 saw the first win and 1995 saw further success and a move up to the blue grade as well as qualification for the European championship and National championship. 1996 saw the building of a new car which was raced during the season but at the end of 96 a short retirement ensued prior to a return to the tracks on 2 wheels in 1999 and 2000 with the Mablethorpe motorcycle sand racing club. This brief foray saw a best championship placing of 6th in the 1999 125 championship. 2001 saw a return to BriSCA with the 1996 car and a second car for shale however the heart was not in it this time and the decision was taken to leave the class for good. Away from racing life became tedious though so with the money from the sale of the Formula 2's Simon purchased a Formula 1 hovercraft and raced with the hovercraft club of Great Britain for 3 seasons achieving 5th in the class. The lure of the ovals never quite went away though and a decision was made to race more for fun and so a class 2 autograss car was purchased for some club level racing and whilst this was good fun, soon a class 6 car was in the garage and that culminated in a 3rd place in the Sturton & Stow club championship in 2006. By this time Simon had become a father and that combined with work caused him to retire for what he thought was for good. With children older and circumstances changed, Simon decided to get back into racing and bought the Midget having last seen them racing back in 1993. Thankfully the decision turned out to be a good one.

Simon would like to thank Russ Heath at Platinum Bodyworks for the superb paint job on the car as well as his mechanic Steve for the numerous nights in the garage helping as well as his help at the track.