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Driver profiles - Stephen Simpson

2006-09-27 13:16
Born:Poole, Dorset, England on 08/01/84


Weight:72 kg

Marital status:Single

Moved to South Africa when 10 months old with family, who live in Hout Bay, Cape Town. Is a naturalised South African citizen. Represented school at rugby, cricket and athletics, where he developed his passion for sport.

Started karting at age of eight and won his first race in a 60cc Kadet kart.

Won two Western Province karting championships and was awarded provincial motor sport colours.

Progressed to Formula Ford where he won the South African championship at the age of 16 years. Awarded national motor sport colours.

Represented South Africa at 2000 Elf Masters karting in Paris, beating Anthony Davidson and Danica Patrick.

A staunch supporter of SA rugby and cricket. Enjoys competing in all sports - has completed four Argus Tour cycle races, plays squash, golf and gyms daily. Enjoys rock music.

At 17 he left South Africa to pursue his motor racing career in Europe, initially running his own Formula Ford team with fellow-South African Trevor van Rooyen.

In 2001 he became Motoring News 'Race Ace of the Year' in Britain.

In 2002 he spent a year based in Italy and raced for Benetton Durango in the Formula Renault EuroCup and was promoted to international F3000 in 2003.

He was British Formula Renault Winter Series vice champion in 2004 and in 2005 has competed in the British Formula Renault 2000 championship with Team JLR before joining A1 Grand Prix Team South Africa, making his debut in the opening round of the series, the A1 Grand Prix of Nations Great Britain at Brands Hatch in September.

He joined Team South Africa to compete in the inaugural A1GP World Cup of Motorsport in 2005/06.

He drove in nine of the 11 rounds and was voted most improved driver at the end of the first season. His best results were a pole position in Mexico and a third place in the feature race in Dubai.


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