Lee Fairhurst (#217)
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.
|19||2015||Mar 22nd||Belle Vue||Shale|