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MEET THE TEAM

ROGER BENNINGTON

Roger has always been around cars.  When he was growing up his father owned a string of garages in Essex

Although in 1958 his father sold the businesses Roger continued to work in the motor trade, serving out his apprenticeship training scheme in a number of dealerships learning all aspects of the trade.

He started motor racing back in the sixties.  He was running his own Rally Team in the late 70's/early 80's and started circuit racing in the mid 80's.  He initially campaigned in a TR7 V8 and then moved on to an Aston Martin V8, both with some considerable success.  He competed in the majority of the Willhire 24 hour races, often partnering with the famous Gerry Marshall.  

In 1964 Roger then followed his parents to Norfolk where he started to develop his business buying and selling used sports cars, and on 12th June 1972 purchased Harvey & Duffield in Long Stratton, now known as Stratton Motor Company.

Roger has a true passion for Motorsport having been involved in the sport for over 50 years. He has a particularly strong connection to the Aston Martin brand and has run DB4’s and GT4’s as well as everything in between, including the mighty Nimrod.  

Race Director

DAVID KERSHAW

Dave built his first race car for oval circuits 53 years ago at the age of 17  

He then himself raced for 15 years all in cars built by himself.

Dave then went on to build race cars for a number of people before helping his son, Gavan Kershaw, compete in Karts, Ovals and then the Autobytel Lotus series.

Following that the Lotus Exige cars built for his son became the most successful Lotus cars around the circuits.

In 2007 Cadena Motorsport GT3 team was formed by Paul Whight and Dave became team manager going on to win the British GT championship in 2006 & 2008.

Cadena Motorsport ran a number of cars including  Mosler GT3, Lotus GT3 , Aston GT3, Aston AMR1 Group C and Lotus type 30 historic in events throughout Europe.

When Cadena ceased racing in 2013 Dave joined Stratton Motorsport whilst at the same time supporting Lotus at British GT, winning the British GT Pro/Am title in 2016.

At Stratton success has come year on year, in particular winning the Aston Martin GT Challenge series 3 years running.

Race Manager

ROLY VINCINI

Roly began his career in Motorsport in 1972 at the age of 15 when he joined Maranello Ferrarri and developed skills to become a gearbox and engine builder. During this period, Roly started his racing career with friend and racing driver, Richard Wager. In 1978, Roly developed his career as a race mechanic for RALT cars becoming the youngest person to run the race shop. Ron Tauranac, ex owner at Brabhams and designer and owner of RALT cars, mentored Roly in race engineering and design.

In 1980 Roly joined RAM racing in the British Formula 1, running a Williams with Emilio de Villota and winning the championship.

Roly continued his success at Brabham MRD becoming part of the multi championship-winning team with Nelson Piquet and Riccardo Patrese.

In 1985, Roly was asked by Peter Warr (and friend from Formula 3, Ayrton Senna) to join Team Lotus to develop a new Formula One gear-box. Early success with the new team resulted in Ayrton Senna winning his first Formula One race. In 1986, aged 29, Roly took on the position of workshop supervisor overseeing: research and development, composites, fabrication and machining, pattern making, sub-assembly and inspection. This gave Roly the skills and expertise to become a race engineer.

In 1989, Roly went on to become Dick Bennett’s race-engineer at West Surrey Racing. Roly achieved success in his first year with Alan McNish, Dereck Higgins and Mika Hakkinen.

In 1990 Roly became development engineer for Reynard Racing cars having early success with the new Reynard 923 and driver Gil De Ferran (Michael Schumacher). During this year, Roly allowed Franco Fratton M.D. of Dynamic Suspension to use his workshop and damper dyno to start his new company allowing Roly to see the latest damper technology. 

At the end of 1990, Reynard Racing and Team Lotus assisted Roly with starting a new company called P1 Engineering (the Lotus Junior team). This became the first of many subsequent junior teams. During 1990 to 2010, Roly and his team assisted the development of other successful race teams including: Team Astromega, Arden, KTR, Nordic, Pacific, Lola cars, Van Dieman Racing, Comtec Racing.

In 2002, Roly’s new team, P1 Motorsport entered Formula 3. Once more, Roly achieved many successes with drivers such as: Adam Carroll, Ernesto Viso, Dinilo Dirani and Salvador Duran. On return to Formula 3, one of the many highlights of the year was P1’s success with Robert Dahlgren who achieved outright pole-position in a scholarship class car.

Roly, as race engineer, directed Comtec Racing to success (winning the Championship) in their first year of Renault World Series with Alex Danielson. In 2008 Roly and P1 entered Renault World Series with Giedo Van Der Garde winning a second Championship title.

Chief Engineer (Formula 3)

ANDREW FULFORD

Andy is a recent and extremely welcome addition to the team at Stratton Motorsport. 

 

He comes to us with a wealth of motorsport experience including everything from Formula 3, Formula 1600, V de V and Formula 4 to spending five years working in Formula 1 for Team Lotus F1. 

Although you may see Andy at various race meetings throughout the year it is his intention to concentrate his efforts where he can do the most good ... in the workshop preparing and building race cars.

Race Technician

KEVIN BROWNE

Kevin started his working career as a builder.  He then progressed through other fields including paint spraying before finally settling on fabrication.

 

Kevin joined the team Stratton Motorsport in 2016.  His is an extremely varied role which he tells us he truly enjoys.

Fabricator

JUSTIN GATHERCOLE

Justin joined Stratton Motorsport in 2015 and has since become an integral part of the team.  

 

If it's got an engine Justin can fix it, working on everything from Race Transporters and HGV's to race cars.

A real team player, Justin is extremely popular with drivers and team and clearly enjoys his work.

Mechanic

STUART HALL

After winning the T Cars championship in 2000, Stuart Hall moved into single-seaters.

 

In 2002 he finished ninth in the British Formula Ford Championship, before coming fourth in that year's Winter Series, where he won two of the four races.

 

The following year he only started 12 of the 20 races in the series, concentrating instead on his A level studies.

 

After debuting in Formula Renault in the 2003 UK Winter Series, he raced full-time in Formula Renault UK in 2004. Driving for Fortec Motorsport, he finished seventh overall with three podium finishes. He then won the Winter Series, winning one of the four races. He remained in Formula Renault UK in 2005, but slipped to eighth overall although he had increased his podium tally to five.

2006 saw Stuart move up to British Formula Three. He raced the first five race weekends with Fortec, before missing the sixth round at Spa-Francorchamps and returning with T-Sport. He finished the year 13th in the standings.

Hall switched to sportscars in 2007, contesting the Le Mans Series in Rollcentre Racing's Pescarolo-Judd LMP1, though he raced the season finale in Brazil with the Creation Autosportif team. He finished fifth in the drivers' standings, and also finished fourth at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Rollcentre.

 

He drove for Creation in 2008, finishing seventh in the Le Mans Series and 11th at Le Mans.

 

He joined Aston Martin Racing in 2009, contesting the 24 Hours, from which his car retired, and the final two rounds of the Le Mans Series.

Stuart made just a few British GT appearances in 2010–11, before signing to race the new Pescarolo 03 at the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans.

 

In 2013, Stuart drove a Vantage V8 GTE for Aston Martin Racing in the LMGTE Am class of the FIA World Endurance Championship. He won it together with Jamie Campbell-Walter.

 

Over the years Stratton Motorsport's drivers have been able to benefit from Stuart's knowledge and expertise as he helps them analyse their race data to identify where and how they can improve their driving techniques and lap times.  His expert tuition has helped more than one driver onto the top spot on the podium!

Away from the track, Stuart is a keen long distance runner, he has run the Houston Texas Marathon twice with his best time of 3hrs 8min and in 2010 he ran the Virgin London Marathon for Starlight, hoping to break the sub-three hour barrier!

Driver Tuition

GARRY FINDLAY

Driver Tuition

ED WILLIAMSON-BROWN

Having been a life-long fan of many forms of motorsport including club level championships, touring cars and GT, Ed joins Stratton Motorsport on race weekends where he works as the Data Engineer. 

 

The transition from track-side spectator to pit lane team member was made in 2015 and he has since worked with Stratton in a number of championships including British GT, AMOC, GT-Cup and 24H.

By day he is the Research and Development Director for Deben UK Ltd; a Suffolk based company who design and manufacture bespoke precision scientific equipment; and with 30 years’ experience as a professional electronics/software engineer his analytical and technical background are instrumental in allowing the quick extraction and analysis of data from the cars which can then be related directly to both drivers and the team. 

 

Whether it is chasing 10ths of a second on a particular corner or ensuring the smooth running of key components and systems on the car, data is an integral part of the race weekend.

 

Being a self-confessed petrolhead and an avid track day driver, Ed regularly spends weekends in his workshop maintaining or upgrading his MG ZS track day car and his Mojo kit car ensuring that they are always ready to visit one of the many UK circuits for a day of foot-to-the-floor driving or go for a lazy summer afternoon B-road cruise when the opportunity arises. 

 

As with many similar workshops, there is also a long term Land Rover Series III project that will one day see the light again but for now rests under a tarpaulin in need of some welding.

 

Race experience:

British GT (full seasons in 2015 & 2016,  Silverstone 2017)

AMOC Aston Martin GT Challenge (2015, 2016, 2017)

GT Cup (Snetterton 2017)

24H TCE (Barcelona 2017)

               

Favourite circuit: Spa Francorchamps

Favourite race car: WSR MG ZS BTCC EX259

 

In the rare moments away from cars, Ed is a keen musician and has been playing bass guitar in studios and bands for over 25 years and has recorded and performed on a total of 11 albums. 

 

He also regularly designs and builds electronics devices in his spare time including audio equipment, data-loggers, security systems and most recently a full set of corner weight scales for the cars.

 

website: www.madinventions.co.uk

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ed.williamsonbrown

linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ed-williamson-brown-1b1b08b0/

twitter: @ed_in_the_shed

Data Technician

TONY WRIGHT

Tony is our resident photographer.  He has been working for Stratton Motor Company and Stratton Motorsport for the past three years and is responsible for most, if not all, of the photographs and video footage on our website, facebook and twitter feeds.

Professional musician since the age of 18 working as a session musician and product developer/demonstrator with several named artists within the music industry including Billy Ocean, The Corrs, Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilli Peppers) and Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) to name drop a few.

Tony is the proud owner of two Aston Martin's, a DB7 Vantage and a V8 Vantage S, both of which he brings to Stratton Motor Company for regular servicing, which incidentally is how we met.

Aston Martin has been Tony's favourite brand of car ever since he saw his first James Bond film.

Tony has recently diversified into photography and videography, launching his own media company, Whole Tone Media, and can be seen at most race meetings, camera in hand.

Photographer / Videographer

NICK EDWARDS

Nick has always been interested in Photography, but since his retirement he has been able to attend many Nikon courses which have honed his skills.

 

Following his appointment as an official photographer for AMOC Racing he has been able to indulge his twin passions of photography and motor racing.  He can be found at most if not all of the AMOC Racing events throughout the year.

Over the years we have developed a genuine fondness for Nick, and he in return has provided us with some seriously good photos.

 

And because he's a seriously nice guy, Stratton Motorsport have claimed his as one of our own.  It's obvious to see how that benefits us but the only benefit we can see in this for Nick is that he gets fed alongside the rest of our crew!!

For examples of Nick's work, which are not just limited to Race Cars, check out his Flickr site below:

https://www.flickr.com/people/nickonthebutton/

Photographer

GINGER LILY CATERING

They say an army marches on it's stomach, and that's where Sam Brown and the team at Ginger Lily Catering come in.

 

Ginger Lily Catering can normally be found at glamorous events like weddings or creating delicious canapes and afternoon teas.

 

Luckily for us they also love Motor Racing and over the past 2 years have become an integral part of the team at Stratton Motorsport providing much needed sustenance for crew and customers alike.

Web: http://www.gingerlilycatering.com/

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