James Gornall (racing Driver)
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James Gornall Racing Driver
James Gornall
Nationality British
Born (1984-07-08) 8 July 1984 (age 36)
Nottingham (England)
British Touring Car Championship career
Debut season2020
Current teamGKR TradePriceCars.com
Car number180
Starts16
Poles0
Fastest laps0
Previous series
Mini Challenge UK
BMW Compact Cup
British GT Championship
UK Formula Renault
BARC Formula Renault
Championship titles
2019
2017
2008
2003
Mini Challenge UK JCW
BMW Compact Cup
British GT Championship GT3
BARC Formula Renault 2.0

James Gornall (born 8 July 1984 in Nottingham) is a British racing driver often known by his nickname JIGGY, who currently competes in the British Touring Car Championship.

Personal life

James Gornall spent much of his early life in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, and now resides near Bedford, Bedfordshire. He was educated at Arthur Mellows Village College and obtained a BA(Hons) from Oxford Brookes University in Business Management.

James is a driver coach and holds an 'A' Grade ARDS instructor licence.[1] He was previously the Head of Sales & Marketing at Aero Tec Laboratories, Head of Motorsport at Ellis Clowes and Championship Coordinator at the MSV FIA Formula Two Championship.

Racing career

In 2019 James became a full Member of the British Racing Drivers' Club.[2]

Karting

James began kart racing in 1995 in the Comer Cadet class. In 1996 he moved into Formula Junior TKM, finishing 3rd in the 1999 Super One National Championship. In 2000 James moved into the Formula TKM Championship and in 2001 James won the Super One National Championship. For 2002 James stepped up to the Intercontinental A class, finishing 6th in the Super One National Championship and he also took part in the European Championship.

During his time at Oxford Brookes University, James was part of the British University Karting Championship Team. The team, James included, won the 2003-2004, 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 championships.

BARC Formula Renault

2003 was James's first season of car racing, stepping up to the BARC Formula Renault Championship with JA Motorsport in the Van Diemen RF98/99. James won the championship at his first attempt.

UK Formula Renault

In 2004 James and the JA Motorsport team continued their relationship to enter the Formula Renault UK Championship which supported the British Touring Car Championship. Following the Croft race weekend James was forced to withdraw from the championship due to lack of funds.[3]

British GT

James's first foray in British GT was the final round of the 2007 Championship with Team Trimite Brookspeed in the Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, partnering Italian Michelangelo Segatori.[4]

For 2008 James continued with Team Trimite Brookspeed, once again in the Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, partnering Jon Barnes.[5] James and Jon won 4 races, stepping on the podium a total of 8 times on their way to winning the championship at the Brands Hatch event in July.[6]

24hr Racing

James was invited during 2008 to race with Beechdean Motorsport in their Aston Martin N24 at the Silverstone 24hrs. James was joined by Andrew Howard, Neil Cunningham and Jamie Smythe. The team took 2nd place overall, winning class 2.

BMW Compact Cup

James competed in the BMW Compact cup from 2015-2017. He came 2nd in 2015 and won the title in 2016.

MINI Challenge JCW

In April 2019 James made a guest appearance at Rockingham in the MINI Challenge JCW. James drove the Dunlop guest car run by XCELR8 Motorsport. This was James's debut in a front wheel drive racing car. James then obtained a MINI JCW race car of his own and competed in the Brands Hatch GP and Donington Park events.

For 2020 James competed in his family run JIG Racing team. James won the championship, taking 5 wins and a total of 13 podiums from 17 races.

British Touring Car Championship

For winning the 2019 MINI Challenge JCW championship James received a prize test at Snetterton in the Motorbase Ford Focus RS.

Trade Price Cars Racing (2020)

It was announced on 9 January 2020 at the Autosport international Show that James would be joining the BTCC with Trade Price Cars Racing in their Audi S3 Saloon.[7]

Racing record

British GT Championship results

Year Driver(s) OUL KNO ROC SNE THR BRH SIL DON DC Pts
2008 James Gornall 21 6 2 2 1 13 1 2 3 1 1 7 Ret 8 1 76
Jon Barnes 21 6 2 2 1 13 1 2 3 1 1 7 Ret 8 1

MINI Challenge UK JCW Results

Year OUL SNE SIL DON BHI BHGP DON SNE PP FL Total Drop Pts
2019 1 2 1 3 3 Ret 2 4 1 2 5 5 1 1 2 3 2 38 60 793 0 793

Complete British Touring Car Championship results

(key) Races in bold indicate pole position (1 point awarded - 2002-2003 all races, 2004-present just in first race) Races in italics indicate fastest lap (1 point awarded all races) * signifies that driver lead race for at least one lap (1 point awarded - 2002 just in feature races, 2003-present all races)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 DC Pts
2020 GKR TradePriceCars.com Audi S3 Saloon DON
1

Ret
DON
2

DNS
DON
3

16
BRH
1

13
BRH
2

10
BRH
3

7
OUL
1

18
OUL
2

Ret
OUL
3

21
KNO
1

Ret
KNO
2

20
KNO
3

18
THR
1

18
THR
2

Ret
THR
3

DNS
SIL
1

22
SIL
2

16
SIL
3

Ret
CRO
1
CRO
2
CRO
3
SNE
1
SNE
2
SNE
3
BRH
1
BRH
2
BRH
3
20th* 18*

* Season still in progress.

References

  1. ^ "JAMES GORNALL | Association of Racing Driver Schools | ARDS". www.ards.co.uk. Retrieved .
  2. ^ Hayden-Media. "BRDC Member | James Gornall". Retrieved .
  3. ^ "2004 Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship", Wikipedia, 2019-11-09, retrieved
  4. ^ "2007 British GT Championship", Wikipedia, 2019-08-05, retrieved
  5. ^ "2008 British GT Championship", Wikipedia, 2019-12-02, retrieved
  6. ^ "BGTC: Gornall and Barnes win British GT3 championship". www.motorsport.com. Retrieved .
  7. ^ James, Matt. "British GT champion Gornall takes Audi seat after Blundell's BTCC exit". Autosport.com. Retrieved .

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