Jamie Stanley got his first taste of Motorsport when karting at The Circuit Indoor Raceway in Deeside in 1994 as part of a school outing. From then on he was hooked and after several return trips over the remainder of the year and he was proving he could mix it with the best. The cost of racing kept Jamie out of competition until 1999 when he was able to start contesting the open grand prix events and he rapidly proved he had the pace and talent to go much further.
In 2000 Jamie had intended to contest a full season of 100 National in the MBKC championship but sadly the whole plan came undone. Over the next couple of years he was busy studying for his A levels however he did compete in a handful of various charity and fun kart events.
In 2004 Jamie contested the Aintree Racing Drivers Scholarship and narrowly missed out on winning the Formula Ford race drive that was up for grabs. A prize drive in their 1996 Forti Corsa was a great runner up prize. In early 2005 Jamie entered the BRDC Formula Ford Scholarship at Silverstone finishing fifth overall.
A second attempt at the Aintree Racing Drivers School Scholarship followed that year and this time coming out on top, taking the coveted prize drive following in the footsteps of James Pickford, Joey Foster and Matt Howson.
A promising debut at the Walter Hayes Trophy with the Medina Sport Team saw Jamie finish in seventh place in his very first race and securing a place in the semi finals. Less than a month later, he followed that up with another outing for the Medina team at the Absolute Media Trophy, taking a brace of podium finishes and finishing the final in second place.
For 2006 he intended to contest a full season in the BRSCC North West Formula Ford Championship, driving for his own self-run Swift. Jamie started where he left off in 2005 by taking seventh place in the championship race following an impressive recovery drive from the back of the field. A dramatic wet weather victory followed in the second race of the day to beat established stars including BRDC Rising Star Tom Bradshaw. At the very next round Jamie was ruled out for most of the season after an early race accident.
Once he did return to the track he put in a strong drive to fifth and to lead his class at Oulton Park, but before he could take the flag a huge accident with Ian Gough ruined any chance of victory.
Jamie returned to the Championship in 2007 with a fully rebuilt car and took a stunning third at the all new Anglesey Circuit but an engine failure at the following round would rule him out for the rest of the season. A one-off race at Spa Francochamps in an Elise Trophy car led to a second chance at Brands Hatch, which saw Jamie dominate qualifying only to fall foul of bad weather at the start but still managing to take a brilliant third place in one of the closest races of the season at Brands Hatch.
In 2008 Jamie moved to the Britcar Championship and secured a second place finish on his debut which was followed by two more podiums at Snetterton and the Championship lead. However it then all went wrong when the car failed at Brands Hatch and the team subsequently folded. Jamie still kept busy through 2008 by driving the RC Developments 800 BHP EVO in the UK Time Attack Championship, delivering two third places, four MLR fastest EVO trophies and third place in the PRO Championship.
Learn more about Jamie at his own website, www.jamiestanley.co.uk