About Myles

Results, Passion, Performance, Success

About Myles Collins

Myles Collins lives in North Yorkshire and is passionate about all-things-racing. Myles has raced for 6 years in karts and then progressed into cars starting out in the Saxmax Championship for 2 years and then being fortunate to race in the Ginetta Junior Championship for Westbourne Motorsport.

automotiveA move to HHC Motorsport late season found Myles 1 lap away from a lights to flag win after ‘binning’ it on the first corner at Brands Hatch live on ITV4 due to emmense pressure and lack of experience! Myles has just finished his 2013 season racing in the NSSCC and came away with 2nd in the Championship, points away from winning the title had the dates not been changed and unfortunately having a holiday in Mexico the same weekend – long story!!! So unfortunately because of this, Myles and his team lost out on the title, but by missing 2 races he still walked away with Runner Up in the Championship. The 2014 season holds lots of opportunities as to what Myles will be racing in and in what championship. Intense winter testing will determine what the final decision will be along with gathering sponsors together to make it happen.

Biography

Myles first embarked on his journey through motorsport at the age of 9 years old. Struggling to come up with a suitable gift for his 9th birthday, Myles’ parents bought him a session at an outdoor kart track in Bradford. In line with the saying “it’s grim up North”, the heavens opened 10 minutes before Myles was due to go out. The kart was a single engined pro-kart and was wearing slicks – despite the torrential rain, Myles immediately showed an ability to cope with understeer and oversteer on what would be considered near impossible conditions. His father was impressed and asked Myles if he wanted to do some more driving in karts – unsurprisingly, Myles enthusiastically agreed.

2004 - Web searching found Raceway Karting in Batley West Yorkshire – an indoor kart track owned and operated by Andy Hirst. Myles joined their youth academy and found that he was improving racing against Luca Hirst (who was to become British O Plate and Kartmasters GP Winner), Ayrton Hirst, Daniel Lloyd and others.

June 2004 – During the year, Myles progressed through the 3 levels of the academy attending twice a week. Towards the end of the year Andy Hirst approached us and some of the other kids to say that he was planning to set up a race team to race at outdoor tracks and would Myles like to be a part of the team? The answer was a categorical “Yes” and so we looked to move into WTP format with an Arrow Chassis and Myles’ Dad as his mechanic!

2005 – raced for ‘R4 Racing’ getting several podiums and many victories despite on occasions racing a WTP engined kart against the much quicker Comer engined karts.

End of 2005 - Myles earned the number 3 plate (3rd overall) for the Championship at Woodthorpe Kart Club competing against karters who would become British Karmasters Champions and British O Plate winners. Myles is still in contact with the winner and vice champion who still kart to this day – not a bad finish though for a novice who started the season at the back of the grid!!

Beginning of 2006 – looked extremely promising for Myles, a couple of podiums at the start of the year after just coming off his novice plates. Unfortunately a serious accident caused Myles to break his hip at the age of 10 which knocked him out of the rest of the 2006 season until the doctors confirmed he could race again. Myles still attended many race meetings on crutches – demonstrating to his parents that he had a passion for the sport.

After months of sports physio and recouperation, Myles returned to racing to the next level of Minimax – even more determined to show his true passion for the sport. Myles concentrated on the Northern Karting Federation Championship in 2007 and claimed 4th position in the championship. Myles however moved up to Minimax with a new mechanic as his father felt that his own “spannering” skills would hold Myles back – learing the new kart, chassis, engine and style of driving we felt that 4th place in the Northern Karkting Federation Championship was a good result in his first season.

Wanting to go back to the NKF championship to try and improve on the 4th Myles thought it would be best to move on and progress to higher levels. In 2008 Myles claimed 12 trophies and most being podiums. Myles just missed out on the 2008 championship at Fulbeck Kart Club which is next to the popular TVKC PFI kart circuit. Had he not being disqualified for overtaking under yellows on an the outlap (qualifying on Pole) he would have won the Championship that year by a significant margin. The price of disqualification was that he had to count the “zero” – very costly. In our minds Myles won that champiosnhip that year but learned a very valuable lesson.

Loving the progression he was making, Myles went on to earn 2nd in the winter championship at the home of british karting circuit, PFI. Receiving 8 more trophies that year Myles was approached by the CRG HRS team and who sugggested that with the right equipment underneath him he could do well in the British Championships (Super 1). An overwhelming start at Whilton Mill where he qualified for the A Final led to round two at Rowrah where Myles drove a stormer in the a Final from 22nd up to 7th and with a lap to go, the fastest driver on the circuit!!!

HRS then asked whether Myles would like to experience the European Championships in Zuera – we decided to do it for experience alone. Again despite this being a new track and on totally different tyres (Mojo) to the UK, Myles was getting quicker and quicker. On timed practise on the finals day, Myles went quickest which made the week’s work look worthwhile. Lap 1, corner 1, 75mph saw some competitors come off the track and then re-enter the track right in front of Myles which caused a huge accident and a suspected broken wrist for Myles.

The severity of the accident saw the race stopped and Myles Mechanic (WRC mechanic Ian Lodge) had 7 minutes to change a steering column, 2 steering arms and 2 stub axles – he did it within the time allowed (and to the applause of the rest of the mechanics!) but unfortunately the kart was badly damaged. Myles said “it was a brilliant experience racing abroad, I will certainly remember it for a long time. It is when you race in Europe on new equipment, different tyres and new competitors you realise the true skills and experience some people have”. Qulaifying for the A Final and being quickest in timed practice in the morning, it became clear that Myles had a good chance of making some progress in his first ever race in Europe. Myles progressed to 19th from 28th on the grid of the A final – a really fraught final but one that he will never forget.

At the end of the 2009 season Myles and his Dad both sat down and thought through what he was going to progress to. Myles had two years left in Junior Max but felt that with the pressure on teams to perform and the money changing hands for engines, it was an uneven playing field. Myles had also reached 6 feet tall (which is tall for a karter at 14 years old!) After much deliberation, an exciting decision was reached, Myles would move on to progress to compete in saloon cars.

Myles decided to test Saxmax which was an exciting race series run by the 750 Motor Club and caters for young drivers between the ages of 14 and 17. Myles would start the series having just reached his 15th birthday but that would mean he would have 3 years in that series until the end of the year of his 17th birthday.

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