Lee Fairhurst (#217)

Hometown:

Bolton, Lancashire

Related To:

Derek Fairhurst (#218) – Father

Debut Year in F1:

2009

Championship Titles Won:

British Championship:
2015, 2013
Under 25 Championship:
2013
World Championship:
2012
European Championship:
2009

Other Motorsports:

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A jubilant Lee Fairhurst 217 after winning the European Championship 2009. Photo Chris Clark


Mini Biography

Lee Fairhurst 217. Photo Steve Botham

Lee’s first appearance in his father’s F1 was at the wet 2008 end of season Gala meeting but as this is an ‘out of season’ meeting his true debut was the May UK Open weekend in 2009 where he won both heat and Final in his very first meeting. On the following day of the UK Open, he not only won two heats but compounded his early success by coming second in the UK Open.
Lee initially went up to Blue grade in the next Grading period, though he had acquired the points needed to have a red roof. (Until the November 2009 AGM it was not possible to go straight to red from white). However, in the next Grading period, Lee continued his move up the grades to red, where he did not look of of place.
Within three months at Northampton, Lee successfully competed in his first Championship meeting and won the European title allowing him to wear the coveted red and yellow chequers on his wing.
In his debut year, Lee obtained enough WCQR points to get himself into a semi where he drew the shale semi for his first time out in an F1 on shale, but unfortunately did not manage to qualify. With the on hand technical set up skills of father Derek, Lee continues to go from strength to strength and in 2011 won the Skegness based UK Open title. Lee qualified for the 2011 World Final via the consolation semi-final due to Ivan Pritchard 434 being unable to take his place on the grid. Lee also qualified for the Shootout for the first time in his short career but with the onus being on shale and the rate of attrition in the Shootout very high for the Fairhurst team, Lee still managed to finish inside the top ten.
In 2012 for the second year running, Lee qualified for the World Final as the Consolation Semi Final reserve, this time when father Derek was unable to take his place on the grid. Starting from the very rear of the field, Lee smoothly worked his way through the field taking over from fellow Consolation Semi Finalist Dan Johnson 4 and going on to take the most prestigious title in BriSCA F1 Stock cars.

Further Reading:
All site articles ‘tagged’ with Lee Fairhurst
Interview with Lee Fairhurst
End of season chat with Lee Fairhurst


Final Wins


WIN # YEAR DATE VENUE SURFACE
1 2009 May 9th Skegness Tarmac
2 2009 May 16th Northampton Tarmac
3 2010 Oct 23rd Birmingham Tarmac
4 2010 Oct 24th Northampton Tarmac
5 2011 May 15th Skegness Tarmac
6 2012 Apr 22nd Birmingham Tarmac
7 2012 Apr 23rd Hednesford Tarmac
8 2012 May 12th Skegness Tarmac
9 2012 Oct 20th Birmingham Tarmac
10 2012 Oct 21st Northampton Tarmac
11  2013 Jun 16th Buxton Tarmac
12 2013 Jul 13th Skegness Tarmac
13 2013 Sep 22nd Northampton Tarmac
14 2014 May 18th Buxton Tarmac
15 2014 Jun 22nd Northampton Tarmac
16 2014 Jul 12th Skegness Tarmac
17 2014 Jul 20th Northampton Tarmac
18 2014 Aug 9th Skegness Tarmac
19 2015 Mar 22nd Belle Vue Shale
20 2015 May 9th Skegness Tarmac
21 2015 May 16th Northampton Tarmac
22 2015 May 30th Northampton Tarmac
23 2015 Jun 14th Northampton Tarmac
24 2015 Jul 11th Skegness Tarmac
25 2015 Aug 29th Northampton Tarmac
26 2015 Nov 7th Coventry Shale
27 2016 Nov 5th Coventry Shale
28 2017 May 29th Belle Vue Shale

Track Photography