TEAM TOYOTA GB BRITCAR 2012 DRIVER PROFILE: RICHARD MEADEN

Motoring journalist Richard Meaden may be best known for his reviews and road tests of high-end sports cars in evo Magazine, of which is a contributing editor, but he has a long and varied racing CV as well.

After completing his first race in 1993, Richard entered the relatively humble Volkswagen Vento VR6 Challenge a year later and spent the next 10 years gaining track hours in a range of competitions including one-make series run by Ginetta, Vauxhall, Renault and Porsche.

His first endurance race came at the Nürburgring 24 Hours, where he joined the Maserati factory team in 2006 and has since raced for Aston Martin.

Richard crossed the pond and took part in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2007 and 2008, and last year he set a new speed record at the Bonneville Speed Week.

Most importantly, he has Britcar experience, having raced at Silverstone in 2007 and 2010.

 

Driver profile                      Richard Meaden

Date of birth                       4 March 1971

 

Career highlights

 

1993                                   First race, Cadwell Park, Caterham Roadsport Fourth overall and Driver of the Day

1994                                   Full season in Volkswagen Vento VR6 Challenge Best race finish third, Castle Combe

1994-2000                         Assorted outings in one-make series including Ginetta G20, Vauxhall Vectra V6 Challenge,        Renault Spider UK Cup

2001                                   Guest drive in Formula Palmer Audi, Brands Hatch GP, First place, class lap record

2003                                   Guest drive Porsche Carrera Cup GB, Snetterton, Second place

2006                                   Nürburgring 24 Hours for Maserati factory team

2007-present                     Nürburgring 24 Hours for Aston Martin factory team. Best result SP8 class win and 21st overall in 2009

2007, 2008                         Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Best result third in class (fifth overall) 2008

2007, 2010                         Britcar Silverstone 24H with RJN Motorsport. Best result third in class, 15th overall in road-legal 350Z in ’07

2008, 2009, 2012               Dubai 24H with RJN Motorsport, Nissan 350Z/370Z GT4

2010                                   Guest drive Maserati Trofeo World Series, Brands Hatch GP, Two second-place finishes

2011                                   SCTA Bonneville Speed Week in Skoda Octavia vRS, New production sedan speed record @ 227.080mph

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