The Sports 2000 podcast

The Sports 2000 podcast

The Sports 2000 podcast is the home of SRCC Sports 2000 Racing Car Club. Host Sue Stockdale takes you behind the scenes of this UK sports car prototype series talking to the drivers, sponsors, and supporters who make the Sports 2000 Championship one of motorsports' most exciting championships to compete in, or watch. Contact www.sports2000.co.uk

Episodes

June 9, 2022 35 min
Host Sue Stockdale talks to Sports 2000 drivers Mike Fry, Ross Hyett, Nick Hyett and Chris Snowdon, all members of the team L'Equipe Rosbif who competed in a 24-hour endurance race (Les 2 Tours d'Horloge) the only 24-hour endurance race dedicated to historic racing cars, held at the Paul Ricard circuit, France in November 2021.

The team explain how they prepared for the race, and how they organised the driving stints during ...
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Host Sue Stockdale talks to two of the new sponsors of SRCC Sports 2000 championship for 2022: Locks4Vans and Raceparts.

Terry Rayner is Commercial Director for Locks4Vans and has been using his extensive knowledge of the Commercial Vehicle market to spearhead the business growth plan at the UK’s market leading van security company. Born in Benfleet Essex, Terry Rayner is a self-confessed petrol head and unsurprisingly followed his...
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Host Sue Stockdale talks to Mike Turner who has been involved in motorsport for many years. Mike reflects on being part of the Sports 2000 community since almost the beginning of its existence, and his career in racing.

Mike Turner first attended a race meeting with his parents at 5 years old and began club racing in 1968 in a Mini Cooper S. He then progressed to Formula Ford racing a Merlyn Mk 11A competing in the British and Euro...
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Host Sue Stockdale talks to Howden Ganley, a New Zealander who was inspired as a child to become a racing driver having been a spectator at the 1955 NZ Grand Prix. Howden talks about how he turned that passion into a reality, ultimately competing in 41 Formula One Championship Grand Prix races before he turned his attention to becoming a manufacturer.

Howden went on to found Tiga Race Cars in 1975 along with ex F1-driver Tim Schenke...
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February 10, 2022 21 min
Host Sue Stockdale talks to Rob Whitwell about what it's like racing a Sports 2000 in Australia, including the circuits they race on, and what he enjoys about driving a Sports 2000.

Rob Whitwell from Melbourne, in the south-eastern Australian state of Victoria has always had a passion for cars and motorsport, growing up on a service station and garage. He studied Civil Engineering at Swinburne University and when career and fami...
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Host, Sue Stockdale talks to Jim Morris, founder of Lifeline Fire & Safety Systems about the latest changes in safety regulations for fire extinguishers, and how technology advances such as biofuels and electrification impact the design and manufacture of safety equipment for race cars.

Jim is also a keen amateur competitor and shares some highlights from racing his dad’s original Volkswagen Golf GTI from the 1981–1982 season,...
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Host Sue Stockdale rounds up the year with Sports 2000 Club Secretary, Roger Donnan, and finds out about all the winners in the 2021 Sports 2000 Championship. The episode includes additional stories from two of the guests we featured earlier in the year: Ross Hyett (Episode 8) sharing another recollection from Le Mans, and Derek Bell (Episode 6) talks about the cars he drives now.

Sue also previews of one of next year's guests...
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Sue Stockdale talks to John Iley about his debut season in the Duratec category of Sports 2000. She finds out how he plans to improve his driving skills, and discovers that the car also provides an opportunity for motorsport engineering students from University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) to learn trackside.

John Iley always wanted to drive racing cars but took 48 years to fulfil that dream. His career instead took a dif...
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Host, Sue Stockdale talks to Grant Gibson about his reflections of being a newcomer to the Sports 2000 Grid. Grant explains how he prepares for racing his Duratec in a similar way to how he worked in F1.

Originally from near Melbourne, in Australia, Grant started racing at the age of 20, firstly driving a Lotus 23b that his father and brothers had modified by putting a 3.5 litre v8 engine in place of the small Lotus-Ford Twin Cam. ...
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September 2, 2021 27 min
Sue Stockdale talks to Terry Scannell, a volunteer Motorsport UK race official who is the Permanent Clerk of Course for the Sports 2000 Championship. Terry explains what it’s like being in Race Control and having overall responsibility for the general conduct and control of a race event, and how he deals when unexpected situations like a change of weather, which can make life a little trickier for everyone involved.

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Host Sue Stockdale talks to Ross Hyett, about his memories of racing at the Le Mans 24 Hour race, and what he enjoys about racing in the Pinto category in the Creative Funding Sports 2000 Championship. Over the years Ross Hyett has been on the podium in motorsport over 150 times and has raced over 60 different purpose-built racing cars.

He says racing can be ‘a series of disappointments' and explains why it's vital to get...
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In Part 2 of this interview, Host Sue Stockdale talks to Derek Bell MBE, President of the SRCC Sports 2000 Racing Car Club, about what he has learned from his years of endurance racing and why he thinks Sports 2000 is a great way to experience sports car racing.

Derek Bell MBE has enjoyed one of the most successful, diverse, and wide-ranging racing careers of any British racing driver. He is best-known as the endurance sports car ...
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In Part 1 of this interview, Host Sue Stockdale talks to Derek Bell MBE, President of the SRCC Sports 2000 Racing Car Club, about his illustrious career, what got him interested in driving as a youngster, and some highlights from his achievements at Le Mans.

Derek Bell MBE has enjoyed one of the most successful, diverse, and wide-ranging racing careers of any British racing driver. He is best-known as the endurance sports car driv...
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Host Sue Stockdale talks to two of the Sports 2000 Duratec drivers Michael Gibbins and Tom Stoten, both of whom have won the Creative Funding Sports 2000 Championship in previous years.

Michael Gibbins began competitive karting at 8 years old and competed in various club level championships until moving into cars at 16 years old. He competed in the Sports 2000 Pinto championship in 2013 and 2014 and became the youngest winner in 2...
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Host Sue Stockdale talks to Chris Snowdon, who has been winner of both Pinto and the Historic Pinto Sports 2000 Championship on several occasions. He has over 30 years’ experience of preparing and winning with many types of race cars including Sports 2000 and Alfa Romeos. His skills were even utilised in the Sky television series ‘So you want to be an F1 Driver’. Chris is an ARDS qualified instructor and also provides driver tr...
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Host Sue Stockdale talks to Chaz Draycott, professional motorsports and Esports commentator about what his predictions are for the Creative Funding Sports 2000 championship in 2021 and who are the drivers to watch out for in this exciting championship. Find out more about Chaz at https://www.chazdraycott.com

Support for this podcast comes from Broad Town Brewery – the microbrewery in Wiltshire with big ambitions. www.broadtownbrew...
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Host Sue Stockdale talks to Mike Lowe from Creative Funding Solutions and Jason Bayliffe, from Broad Town Brewery, both of whom provide support to Sports 2000 in different ways.

Mike Lowe, is Director at Creative Funding Solutions, who sponsor the Sports 2000 Championship. He talks about why he is keen to support Sports 2000 and what he enjoyed about being driven round a race circuit. Find out more at https://creativefundingsoluti...
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Host Sue Stockdale talks to Nick Bates, Chairman of SRCC Sports 2000 Racing Car Club, about what makes this sports car prototype series one of the most exciting series for both drivers and spectators.

The Creative Funding Sports 2000 Championship has been established since 1977 and features four championships - Duratecs, Pintos, Historic Pintos and Mini Enduro. Over the years several of the drivers have gone on to compete in Brit...
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