About Us

About Us

We are a racing team based in the Midlands. We compete in the 2019 BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship with driver Toby Owen. Come and say hello to us in the paddock next time you’re at a race event.

One man doesn’t make a team, and there’s a network of people working behind the scenes to deliver great performance on the track and great service for our partners and fans. Check out their profiles below, and be sure to follow the team and drivers on social media!

Team Principal: Toby Owen

Toby is a Birmingham-based racing enthusiast with a broad knowledge of UK motorsport. He is a competitor in his own right, but this year is taking on the extra responsibility of running a team.

Avalon Motorsport was set up with the intention of helping new drivers break into motorsport, and Toby is always happy to advise drivers on how to get started. The team is in its maiden season in the MX-5 Championship this year but the intention is to grow and run more cars in the future.

Car Prep Team: BroadspeedMX5 – Mazda MX5 & Eunos Specialists

We are being supported in 2019 by an MX-5 Specialist garage based in Stafford, who will draw on their substantial expertise to prepare our Mazda MX-5 Mk1 race car this season. Like the rest of the team, BroadspeedMX5 are making their debut in the Championship this year. But they’re no strangers to this scene, having prepared race cars in the past and currently provide trackside support to the MX-5 Owners Club at track days events.

These guys really know their way around an MX-5, and it’s great to have them on board! They have forged a strong reputation with their customers and the online community through consistently delivering excellent service. They have hosted or supported numerous car events in the last 12 months and were recently featured in the MX-5 Owners Club magazine.

Trackside Support: Go4it MX5 Racing

We will be pitching up next to some experienced names in the paddock this season, to give us a helping hand in our first year in the Championship. Based in the Midlands, as with the rest of the team, Go4it Racing are an established team in their own right and will be running a number of cars in the 2019 MX-5 Championship. Their tech support team is experienced and professional, and we are pleased to know that they will be on hand to support us during a race weekend should anything go awry.

Go4it Racing have a reputation for turning out some of the best-presented and most beautifully-built cars in the paddock, so we’ll surely learn a lot from them over the course of the next 12 months!

Drivers

Toby Owen

As well as running the team behind the scenes, Toby will be piloting the lead car in 2019. A self-styled “Racing dad”, Toby got into motorsport at the age of 33, with no prior background in racing, and wants to inspire other dads to do the same, believing that it’s never too late to chase your dreams!

Toby has raced go-karts in the past and in 2018 finished 6th overall in the Grand Prix Karting Open League, taking two race victories. He is a data enthusiast and is hoping to use car and priver performance data analysis to find an edge in 2019.

Away from the track, Toby enjoys modern board games and adventuring with his daughter. Check out his story on social media and through his videos & blogs.

James Burling

James is our development driver and is spending 2019 gearing up for making his debut in 2020. He has enjoyed much success in karting over the years, with notable recent achievements including winning the 2017-18 M4 Winter Karting Championship and reaching the Final of the 2018 Castle Combe Karting Championship on two occasions. He also secured a podium finish in his first British Endurance Pro-Kart series race.

In 2017 James placed as one of the top 50 drivers in the prestigious JMR Formula Ford Scholarship programme, but due to a combination of unfortunate circumstances he’s not been able to make that big step on to the grid before now.

James is a music enthusiast and former national trampolining star. He loves documenting his experience and is seldom seen near a racing car without his video recording equipment. Check out his personal YouTube channel to re-live his 2018 story.

You can read about our journey (where we’ve come from) and our vision (where we’re going) on our News page.