Driver profile, interview and achievements.....
Anthony Dunn British Radical Champion
Anthony began motor sport at 18 when he started Kart Racing. In just 3 years he had won a multitude of events including two National Championship rounds and 3 Regional titles winning 7 out of 8 races in his district in 1995.
In 1996 he graduated to single seater car racing. Following two years of Formula Vauxhall Junior,
1998 saw him turn fully professional and become a Performance Driving Instructor at Silverstone Circuit as well as moving up to compete in BARC Formula Renault. 4 wins and 6 podium positions capped his most successful year to date, finishing second in the championship against more experienced opposition despite missing one of the races.
Anthony had to take a sabbatical from racing in 1999 due to lack of funds, although he continued to develop his motor sport experience & knowledge as he joined Ferrari UK as an instructor and continued his work at Silverstone.
In 2000, he kept his competitive instincts sharp by kart racing and turned in some impressive results. His persistence paid off as he was called up in a last minute deal to race in the Nurburgring 24 hour race around the original 14 mile Grand Prix Circuit in a Caterham Superlight sports car alongside Caterham Sportscar aces Rob Garofall and Robin Liddell. Despite leading their class in the event, they eventually were forced to retire from the race with a blown engine.
He finished the year by once again competing in the Dubai 24 hour kart race against the worlds top karters and celebrity drivers including Damon Hill, Pedro Lamy and Jason Orange from pop band Take That!
2001 led to a drive in the 'Radical' sports car series, partnering James Pickford and Matthew van Gessel. The season was cut short due to budget contraints, but this didn't stop them from being from front runners.
2002 saw Anthony focus his efforts on further developing his performance driving tuition career and starting his private tuition business.
2003 saw him back in the saddle partnering one of his Personal Tuition clients Andrew Stevens in a BMW M3 in the European Endurance Racing Championship Britcar. A stunning saloon car debut at Donington saw Anthony qualify the Group N specification car on class Pole Position and third overall - just behind a Ferrari 355 & Multiple British Touring Car Champion Andy Rouse's monster Mercedes 190 (an ex-DTM German Touring car!) The pair finished a creditable 2nd in class on their debut despite braking problems in the 100 minute race.
2006 saw Anthony return to racing in the Radical Enduro series. On his debut in the SR3 class at Croft, he qualified on the front row and in the race went on to set a new lap record! He returned to partner front runner James Richardson in the championship decider at Donington finishing 2nd in the first race and setting fastest lap in the second whilst revelling in treacherous conditions.
This lead to a full season in the British Radical SR3 Enduro Championship, partnering novice pupil Barry Gates in 2007. The aim was to "win a race" during the year...which they achieved in their first race at Snetterton from the back of the grid! They finished the season as Champions, taking 9 Pole Positions, 4 Wins, and 9 Podiums with Anthony taking 8 Fastest Laps and 4 Lap Records!
2008 saw Anthony & Barry racing in the V de V UK Endurance series in a Ligier JS49 sports prototype. It was a learning first year for both team & drivers as the pair were once again on the pace, leading races & qualifying at the front but had a series of unlucky results. However, the year finished well as they finished on the podium at Silverstone.
2009 started well in the series now renamed 'SPEED' as the pair took their first win at Belgum's famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit and also at the Snetterton 6 hour race. They went on to finish 2nd in the UK series & first in the Euro Series!
Anthony, just to the left in the white race. A little too close for comfort!
Taking the chequered flag at Spa Fracorchamps, Belgium Formula 1 circuit, a truely special moment on one of the worlds most amzing circuits.
2011 saw him returning to the Radical UK Cup partnering client Timothy Lyons where he was immediately a front runner.
In 2012 he returned to another British sportscar, partnering client Stuart Ratcliff in a Lotus Elise and also finishing on the podium once again in the Radical Euroseries at Donington Park.
In 2013, Anthony again returned to racing in the Lotus Cup UK & also in a Radical - this time in an SR1 with eventual SR1 Cup Champion and protégé Colin Noble Jnr. The pair set a blistering pace at Oulton Park, during which Anthony had his first weekend racing 2 cars on one day when he also shared Stuart Racliff's Lotus Elise 111r and took 2nd place in Lotus Cup UK Production Class.
An interview with Anthony Dunn........
Q: What age did you get into the sport?
A: 18, when I started karting
Q: What inspired you to become a racing driver and driver coach?
A:Nigel Mansell was the current hero at the time but Gilles Villeneuve was my all time hero & inspiration I read every book on him. My initial style was very similar - win or crash! I became a driver coach almost by default - it was better than car valeting! But I have stayed doing it because I’ve always wanted to do a job that A) I was good at B) I enjoyed. You can’t ask for more!
Q:What is your most memorable race in your career to date and why?
A:There’s lot’s, but probably most recently in Radicals in 2011 at Silverstone - I came from a good way back to take the lead before the end of my stint against the best drivers & teams in the UK (& Europe). Although we didn’t win the race, that was very gratifying.
Q: What is your favourite car to race in?
A: An Radical SR3 RS 1500cc currently
Q: What is your favourite circuit and why?
A: Spa-Francorchamps - because it’s fast & flowing. If you’ve got big balls, you’ll usually be quick!
Q: What are your ambitions for the future?
A: To continue to race professionally. To hopefully see my kids do the same...