Stuart is a highly dedicated and talented young motor racing driver with his eyes firmly set on having a career at the highest levels of motorsport.
Stuart has quickly made himself out as one of the quickest and most exciting young driver talents in British Motor Sport today, which therefore allowed him to be recognised by the British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC) as a Rising Star – and someone to watch out for in the future.
Stuart is fully focused to improve and develop his driving ability & skill set, but above all – he’s committed to making his dreams a reality.
Stuart brings a calm and mature approach with his behaviour, attitude and work ethic to his racing on and off the circuit. He never fails to impress all those who work with him including sponsors, all those who are part of the team management.
Newcastle Discovery School
// Favourite Subjects
Technology – I like all things mechanical!
Interests outside of Motorsport; football, keeping fit & gaming
// Favourite Sporting Heroes
// Motorsport Class
British GT4 Championship
// Motorsport Race Team
// Favourite Motor Racing Circuits
Brands Hatch, Kent & Silverstone, Northamptonshire
Stuart is a highly dedicated & talented young racing driver with his eyes firmly focused on himself developing a professional career in motorsport.
// Current Partnerships & Sponsors
North East Caravans Ltd
Mam & Dad (Karen & John)
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Stuart having completed in the 2015 Kick Start Energy – Ginetta Junior Championship was nothing short of an awe-inspiring journey as one of the most successful Ginetta Junior Scholarship drivers of all time where he achieved three outright championship podium finishes, as well as a series of class wins in his maiden season but not only that he finished the season with an impressive seventh place in the overall Championship Standings and Rookie Cup – Vice Champion.
Stuart later signed up for the Ginetta Junior Winter Series Championship at Snetterton in early November 2015 and went onto thoroughly dominate proceedings taking victory with ‘three straight outright wins & a fourth place finish’ from the four races en-route to securing his first major car racing Championship Title at the age of just 16.
In 2016 Stuart returned to race in the Ginetta Junior Championship, re-named as ‘Simpson Race Products – Ginetta Junior Championship’. With seven wins and seven other podium finishes from 25 races, Stuart was crowned Vice-Champion.
In 2017 Stuart graduated to race in the GT4 category of the prestigious British GT Championship. Stuart joined forces with his former rival from the Ginetta Junior Championship, William Tregurtha, along with professional racing team HHC Motorsport. Stuart has made an excellent and extraordinary impact on the British GT4 Championship by achieving podium finishes and race wins from the beginning. These results stayed consistent throughout the season which in turn allowed him to become the British GT4 Champion in his first season competing in the GT4 category.
To cap off Stuarts 2017 highly impressive season, the newly crowned British GT4 Champion has become the youngest driver ever to win the Sunoco Whelen Challenge. The now 18-year-old Champions is now guaranteed a fully funded prize drive at the world-famous Rolex 24hr at Daytona. The package, worth an estimated $250,000 or £200,000 includes testing at the South Florida venue later this year before taking part in the official ‘Roar’ in early January. That’s followed by the race itself on 27/28th January 2018 racing against some of the best racing drivers in the world.
Just when we thought the 2017 season was coming to a closure, Ginetta announced Stuart and fellow team co-driver Will Tregurtha as the latest drivers to join their ‘Young Driver Programme’. Their appointment seeks to recognise their outstanding performance in British GT following a graduation from the Ginetta Junior Championship.
In 2018 Stuart completed in the highly competitive European GT4 Championship series along with fellow co-driver William Tragurtha and race team HHC Motorsport where they made a significant impression throughout the season and were eventually tied for the covered championship Silver Cup with fellow rivals Milan Donje & Nicolaj Muler-Madsen for the Phoenix Racing Audi, but were placed second overall in the championship by virtue of the Phoenix Racing car having one more race wins.
The 2017 British GT4 Championship has been an extraordinary achievement in itself for both Stuart Middleton and his co-driver William Tregurtha becoming the youngest driver pairing to ever win the prestigious GT4 title.
Right from the start of the season Stuart & Will in their HHC Motorsport prepared Ginetta G55 car were the championship front runners against not only against other Ginetta G55’s, but several McLaren 570s, Aston Martins Vantages, Nissan 370Z’s and the occasional Maserati Gran Turismo MC with a sprinkling of Platinum, Gold and Silver graded drivers amongst the mix.
Stuart and Will were on the podium in their very first race at Oulton Park following this up with GT4 category victories at Rockingham, Snetterton and Spa which combined with other podium place finishes earning them the overall GT4 Drivers Championship, Silver Cup and Team Championship
The G55 has been one of Ginetta’s most popular cars for export, racing in almost every continent of the world.
The G55 GT4 has a successful track record for performance and reliability, as proven in some of the most gruelling races in the world including the VLN Nordschleife 24hr, Gulf 12 Hour and Dubai 24 Hour Endurance race in which the G55 GT4 has achieved consecutive wins for the past two years, securing both 1st and 2nd position in 2016.
- Sealed Ford 3.7 litre V6 producing 355 BHP
- T45 tubular chassis and integral safety cage built to FIA standards
- 107 litre FIA approved ATL fuel cell
- Hewland 6-speed paddle shift gearbox
- High level of downforce from the front splitter and carbon fibre rear wing
- Motec M150 ECU and C125 Dash display
- 9” x 18” Front wheels
- 10” x 18” Rear wheels
- Alcon 6-pot front brake calipers with 378mm vented discs
- Alcon 4-pot rear brake calipers with 330mm vented discs
- Sealed LSD with Drexler internals
- Air Jacks
// Motorsport Achievements
- 2018 European Series GT4 – Vice Champion
- 2017 Sunoco Whelen Challenge – Champion
- 2017 BRDC Henry Surtees Award for Most Outstanding BRDC Rising Star Driver
- 2017 British GT Championship – GT4 Champion, GT4 Silver Drivers Champion, GT4 Team Champions
- 2017 British Racing Driver’s Club (BRDC) – BRDC Rising Star
- 2016 Simpson Race Products – Ginetta Junior Championship – Vice Champion
- 2015 Kick Start Energy – Ginetta Junior Winter Series Championship – Champion
- 2015 Rookie Cup – Vice Champion
- 2015 Kick Start Energy – Ginetta Junior Championship – 7th Place in Standings
- 2014 Ginetta Junior Scholarship – Scholarship Winner
- 2013 Ginetta Junior Scholarship – 3rd Place Finalist
// Karting Achievements
- 2014 Super One British Championship – Rotax Junior Max
- 2013 Super One British Championship – Rotax Junior Max
- 2013 Northern Karting Federation (NKF) Rotax Junior Max-Champion
- 2013 CKRC-Rowrah, Rotax Junior Max – Club Champion
- 2013 CKRC-Rowrah, Rotax Junior Max – Lakeland Trophy Winner
- 2012 CKRC-Rowrah, Rotax Junior Max Championship 3rd
- 2011 TWKC-Warden Law, Rotax Junior Max Club Champion
- 2010 TWKC-Warden Law, Rotax Mini Max Club Champion
- 2009 Kart Formula Stars, MSA British Cadet Championship
- 2008 London Cup – Comer Cadet finished 7th overall
- 2008 TWKC-Warden Law, Comer Cadet Club Champion
- 2007 TWKC-Warden Law, Cadet Club Champion Winter Series
- 2007 TWKC-Warden Law, Comer Cadet Club Champion
Reigning British GT4 champion Stuart Middleton has become the youngest driver ever to win the Sunoco Whelen Challenge after his only remaining rival, Stuart Moseley was unable to score enough points during the final round of his Radical European Masters campaign last weekend.
The 17-year-old is now guaranteed a fully funded prize drive at the world-famous Daytona 24 Hours. The package, worth an estimated $250,000, includes testing at the South Florida venue later this year before taking part in the official ‘Roar Before the 24’ in early January. That’s followed by the race itself on January 27/28.
Middleton joins the front-running Action Express Racing squad whose Whelen-sponsored Cadillac DPi VR is completely different to the Ginetta G55 GT4 he’s driven in British GT this year. The Cadillac – a sports-prototype built specifically for long-distance racing – features a 6.2-litre V8 engine and produces roughly 600bhp, twice the power of the Ginetta. The Cadillac will also approach speeds of 200mph on Daytona’s famous oval banking.
The incredible opportunity sees the teenager from Ashington, in Northumberland, paired with three superstar co-drivers who will share the #31 Cadillac during the twice-around-the-clock enduro. Ex-Formula 1 driver Felipe Nasr is also a former Sunoco Whelen Challenge champion, while Mike Conway raced in IndyCar before joining Toyota’s factory LMP1 programme. Team stalwart and 2016 IMSA champion Eric Curran completes the formidable line-up.
Indeed, the combination of Action Express Racing, Cadillac and talented driver crew offers Middleton a realistic chance of claiming a podium on his debut. Last year’s Sunoco Whelen Challenge winner Seb Morris led the race aboard the same car before reliability issues stymied the team’s progress, while Nasr’s third place from 2012 remains the best result in the competition’s nine-year history.
Middleton’s success was built on a standout maiden British GT4 campaign alongside HHC Motorsport co-driver Will Tregurtha, who finished second in the final Sunoco Whelen Challenge standings by just 2.2 points. Together they became the youngest driver crew in terms of combined age to win a British GT title and were both also elevated to British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC) Rising Star status.
Middleton continues British GT’s run of Sunoco Whelen Challenge success after Seb Morris and Jonny Adam claimed the prize for their performances during 2016 and 2015, respectively.
Stuart Middleton, 2018 Sunoco Whelen Challenge champion: “I’m ecstatic, speechless to be honest. This is such a huge prize and an incredible opportunity for me so early in my career, I can’t thank Anders Hildebrand and everyone at Anglo-American Oil enough. Being part of the Action Express team with Felipe, Mike and Eric is just amazing… it hasn’t quite sunk in yet.
This is a huge step-up for me: not only will it be my first ever 24-hour race but it’s going to be in one of the biggest and most demanding races in the world with some of the very best drivers and teams on the planet. It’s going to be amazing driving at Daytona too, something I never realistically thought might happen in my career – this is such a special moment for me and I’m absolutely delighted.”
Anders Hildebrand, Anglo American Oil Company Ltd Managing Director: “Giving young drivers like Stuart an incredible opportunity is exactly what the Sunoco Whelen Challenge is all about! 12 months ago, racing in Ginetta Juniors, the chance to compete in the Daytoan 24 Hours would have been unthinkable. And even at the start of this year I’m sure it would have seemed a distant dream. But here he is on the cusp of competing in one of the world’s most famous endurance events aboard a car and alongside drivers that have a genuine chance of success.
I also think having Felipe in the team will be of huge benefit to Stuart, who is by far our youngest winner since Felipe claimed the 2012 title. I can’t wait to see how he compares against a very quick and seasoned sportscar racing line-up.”
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