My interest in motorsport goes back to my childhood. My father and grandfather both competed on two wheels; my grandfather raced in the very first TT race on the Isle of Mann in 1907. He finished 6th overall and he continued to race for a number of years after this. He also designed engines for the AJS Motorbike Company and was a key member of their race team. My father raced mainly Speedway bikes at Bellview, but he also competed in circuit road races usually as the rider of a sidecar outfit. My father took me to many race meetings as a child, including some Grand Prix races, and also to the Isle of Mann every year to watch the TT.
All through my childhood I wanted to race either bikes or cars, but my father became very ill in my teenage years and passed away when I was 15, so with no one to guide me, I forgot all about motorsport, until one Sunday evening in 2000 when I went indoor karting with some friends. I won every race that night, races that included some quite experienced drivers. I came home with my appetite for motorsport truly rekindled, so I made myself a personal promise to reach the top in motorsport. Next, I went karting at Wigan, where I noticed they had a race school. I did two days at that school, and then went to another race school at Anglesey, where I took my racing license test and passed first time. A week later I was in my first race at Anglesey in a FF1600. I qualified 9th and finished 10th, and so I began my fight to the top.