Professional race preparation and management

Wayne Poole Racing - The Team

On this page you can find out more about what we do and the benefits we offer to drivers and sponsors before meeting the team members. On the next page you can discover the history of Wayne Poole Racing.

WPR, based close to the M5 and A38 in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire has been providing racing services to the Formula Ford 1600 since 1999.

Running one of the largest fleet in FF1600 racing, Wayne Poole Racing has concentrated on the very popular and competitive Castle Combe and Oulton Park FF1600 Championships but can and does enter drivers in events elsewhere in the country as well as the end of season finales at Brands, Silverstone and Combe. In recent years the team has successfully branched out into GTs, Historics and Saloons.

The team principal is Wayne Poole who has had a successful career as a Formula Ford competitor, winning the Class B Championship at Castle Combe in 2000 and who is also an experienced mechanic and engineer. He is ably assisted by his wife Lynn (pictured right with Wayne) who looks after the team members, their guests and the sponsors at events with a hospitality operation that is the envy of most other club Formula Ford teams. Finally there are the team mechanics necessary to ensure the smooth running of a large team which can number as many as nine or ten cars at an event. See the calendar page for the list of events we are attending.

Race or test, let us prepare, enter and support your own car or hire one of ours, opt for a full championship season or race by race - the choice is yours. Whatever you decide, you can be sure to receive a professional service in a friendly and supportive environment.

The team has developed an enviable reputation for modern (Combe Class A) converted Zetec Mygales (pictured left) and Van Diemens, which are proven winners and the ever popular late eighties cars from Van Diemen (Class C RF88s & RF89s) and Reynards. A recent move into Sports Racing cars has seen the team successfully take on modern and historic GTs from a Radical SR3 to a Lotus 23B. A large team of mechanics is available to support drivers at tests and events. An extensive range of spares is carried for these cars and with a wide network of contacts just about any item or service can be sourced as needed. With two race trucks, race car transporters and support vehicles the team is able to undertake race and test commitments, complete with spares all over the country.

Novices and experienced racers alike can and do benefit from the wealth of experience within the team. With a number of ex champions in the team driver coaching is taken seriously and many drivers have found this to be an enormous benefit. Car set up is also important and the team can call upon some of the best development drivers in club racing.

Team services:
  • Full 'arrive & drive' race or full championship service
  • Supported testing at a variety of UK circuits
  • Exclusive test days
  • Sponsor support packages including livery, displays & hospitality
  • Race car hire for racing/testing to suitable drivers
  • Driver coaching with dual control race prepared Mini Cooper
  • At event hospitality
  • Race car preparation & maintenance
  • Full chassis up and engine rebuilds
  • Sourcing of parts and cars for clients
  • Race car sales

The busy WPR garage at the 2010 WHT meeting, Silverstone
If you are interested in any aspect of competing in a Formula Ford 1600, a Sports Racer or any other competition car then give us a call and we will be happy to advise and assist with your requirements. Click here for contact details.

Wayne Poole Racing - Team Members

Lynn Poole

It goes without saying that Lynn has been with the team since the start. In charge of behind the scenes organisation as well as hospitality at events (sometimes with up to 25 drivers and mechanics to keep watered and fed) Lynn also ran the team at events when Wayne was away working overseas.
Anthony (Chopper)

'Chopper' (Anthony is a helicopter maintenance manager for Western Power DIstribution) has been with the team since 2006 and is a locally based friend of the Poole family. He works with the team at week-ends putting his engineering skills to good use.

Rob spent three years with the team while studying at Wiltshire College before moving on to bigger and better things with many well known professional race teams and manufacturers. Rob is now in F1 but still works with WPR when his schedule permits.

Simon helps out with the WPR team at the big events.

Derek, a former colleague of Wayne's, is a retired historic race car engineer.

Nathan has been with the team for many years and lives and works in Gloucestershire.

Jack joined the team in 2010 and is a graduate of Wiltshire College. Jack worked at Swindon Powertrain before moving on to an F1 team. He has other interests in motor sport including Moto Cross although retired from active participation following an accident.

Chris is a colleague of Wayne's and a keen Enduro racer.

Jordan, a new team member in 2022, is an electrician from Westbury. A friend of Jack's, Jordan is also interested in Moto Cross and has worked with a couple of Hot Hatch teams in the past.

Alice, from Stroud, joined the Wayne Poole Racing team at 2021 while still at school. She is planning to study Aeronautical Engineering and is enjoying the experience of working with the team.

Wayne Poole Racing - Former Team Members

Andy Curry

Andy began with the team since the earliest days when he helped look after Kevin Nash's Metro.
Kevin Nash

Kevin was one of the original founders of Wayne Poole Racing while he was successfully competing in his MG Metro at Castle Combe in the late nineties. After retiring from racing Kevin concentrated on looking after the GTs run by the team.

Adam began working with the team in 2011 and is from Chippenham, Adam is a qualified mechanic and took the Motor Sports degree course at Wiltshire College.

Also a student at Wiltshire College, Rob who hails from Bath and had also helped out in a Subaru Rally team for a couple of years and hoped, one day, to join a World Superbike or MOTO GP team.

Also new for 2011, Alex was a student at Wiltshire College taking the Honours course in Motorsport Engineering. Alex put his mechanical experience to good use by building up a '83 MK1 Golf with 4 wheel drive and a 1.8 turbo engine.

Rob, formerly a mechanic hopes to race in the future.

A friend of the Poole family, Olly picked up race team experience with WPR.

Another recruit from Wiltshire College, Tom is from North London and hoped to become an engineer with a high performance road car manufacturer.

Wilf has known Wayne for over 30 years and lives close to the team's base. Formerly a fireman Wilf helps out whenever time permits.

Tyler is Wayne's son and often helps the team out at meetings.

The team celebrate a win with the Mygale, Sept '07 The team's transporter in the Combe paddock, Summer '10 The team celebrate at the end of the '09 season