• No results found

Jules Westwood

Professional Race Driver & Driver Coach

Jules Westwood

What does your job involve? My main role is to test and develop fast road cars and race cars. On the back of this I coach drivers of all standards and starting points on the art of driving on track. This involves teaching them skills to drive their cars not only faster, but more safely and using less wear and tear on their vehicles.

What's the most rewarding thing about your job? The most rewarding aspect of my job is seeing the drivers I coach improve and to see them get success in their chosen field.
When did you decide you wanted a career in motorsport and why? I first got involved in motorsport at the age of 14 (which is late by today's standards). I raced karts at my local track and from my very first race I has some success and thought I'd love to do this full time. From then on I won some karting championships and then moved in to cars at age 18. The results continued in cars and I climbed the racing ladder all the way to the level just before F1. When I couldn't realise my F1 dream I moved into competing at National and International levels and started coaching other up and coming young drivers.

What subjects and courses did you take? In school I achieved 9 'O' levels and 3 'A' levels and had a place in University before full time motor sport took over.I attended the Silverstone Race School and won their end of season race which got me a scholarship with a local team in FF1600.

What has been the biggest challenge of your career? The biggest challenge of my career would be trying to raise the funding to move up the racing ladder. In today's climate it is estimated that without the help of a Red Bull or Mercedes style benefactor, a young driver would need to raise in excess of £10 million to go from Karting to F1.

Who was your inspiration and why? No one single person really. I believe you have to admire people who have got to the very top.