posted 7 years ago

Racing Family Make History in Smart Car Series

The Moore family from Tockwith in Yorkshire made history at Castle Combe circuit in the UK's first ever Smart race series

The Moore family from Tockwith in Yorkshire made history at Castle Combe circuit in the UK's first ever Smart race series, The 4Two Cup. Siblings, David, Nigel and Sarah dominated the second race in the pint-sized cars to rule the podium, something which has never been seen in motor racing history.

In a close battle with his brother Nigel throughout the race, David held onto the lead to take his second race win of the weekend pipping his brother to the line.

'Nigel was behind me from the first lap and throughout the race. We both had a bit of trouble with the cars going into limp mode, so sometimes he was infront of me and I was chasing and vice versa. We made it entertaining and it was a very close battle.'

16 year old David has competed in the Ginetta Junior and G40 Championships and this year has seen him race in the UK Formula Ford Championship and 4Two Cup.

Nigel is the most successful of the clan and at just 19 has won Championships in the Ginetta Juniors and G50, the team Championship in GT4, Formula Palmer Audi and was the youngest ever driver to compete in the legendary Le Mans race. This year sees him race in the Eurospeed Series. His first time out in the Smart cars proved to be an enjoyable experience.

'I started from the back but got a good start and then battled with my brother. It was such a good weekend and it made history in our family too as it was the first time we've raced in the same class.'

Playing the boys at their own game, Sarah also won the Ginetta Junior Championship becoming the first woman to win one on the British Touring Car Championship package in 2009. That same year she won the Autosport Club Driver of the Year Award and was nominated for the BBC Young Personality of the Year. 2011 has seen the 17 year old swap cars for single seaters and is currently contesting the Intersteps Championship. Like Nigel, this was her first race in the Smart.

'I had a rubbish start, Nigel came flying through and then I was battling with Tom Mills for ages. He then made a mistake and I caught up with my brothers and battled with them for the last few laps.'

Sarah finished just 0.653 seconds behind winner David in what was a Moore onslaught to the chequered flag.

With history being made, the family name is definitely one to keep an eye out for in the future in the top levels of motor racing. To add to it, there are still another two younger siblings ready in the wings to take to the track!

Thanks Julieann, It was such a great weekend. A big thanks to Paul and James, and of course Julieann as well, and the rest of the smart club. It was such an enjoyable weekend. One to remember for us all i think.

Congratulations David,Nigel and Sarah a fantastic race result and great fun to watch well done Julieann Bates