Following a fantastic 2016 season in which I fulfilled my ambition to race at Le Mans when I competed on the hallowed tarmac in an LMP3 car after three years of hard work to get there, it could be argued that 2017 couldn't possibly live up to that.
I'd also been racing all over Europe in a KTM GT4 car, as well as my guest drives in the amazing Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus racer, plus four rounds of the ultra-competitive Mini Challenge in the UK.
I enjoyed those Mini Challenge races tremendously, so I'm delighted to announce that I will be doing the full season this year. Not only that, but I'll be in the top John Cooper Works (JCW) class, enabling me to hone the skills I learned last year and battle wheel-to-wheel in one of the closest and most exciting championships in the country.
The first race of the season is at one of my favourite circuits, Oulton Park, and takes place over the Easter weekend. Let’s hope I can resist the temptation of all those chocolate eggs.
The grid is packed full of brightly coloured Minis, many of which are driven by British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) hopefuls, so the talent is rife - and the icing on the cake is that six out of the eight races will be shown live on TV.
The championship is run by a friendly crew, led by Antony Williams and his wife Justina. Despite its level of professionalism and with less than 3 seconds difference in lap times across the whole field, it’s no surprise it is popular with fans.
We share our race weekends with the prestigious British GT package and BRDC British Formula 3 race weekends, so it is likely I will be rubbing shoulders with future Formula 1 drivers.
On the track though, it is all about the racing and just like BTCC, it’s serious all the way to the chequered flag.
Full details at the dedicated Mini Challenge website.