Chris Burley – new car, new ambitions with CMMCS Tin Tops in 2021

No.20 in our series on drivers with the CMMCS in 2021:

Chris reports “I have a new car for 2021; a black and orange 2005 Fiesta ST150 1998 cc in the TP class. Relatively standard but early signs are positive! Still got stickers and livery to install! Orange stripes on the way  Hopefully a little more reliable than my Fiesta Mk2, and looking forward to the season starting.”

“2020: Nothing of note, finished 50% of races entered (Snetterton with CMMCS and Brands Hatch with Modified Fords) Be nice to have a full season this year…!

Remember the blue and orange Fiesta Chris had for the last two years? One of the stand-out rookies in 2019 was the affable unflappable capable Chris Burley in his blue and orange Gulf-lookalike No.32 Ford Fiesta XR2. The little car is easily big enough for his manly frame and he is now hustling it around and putting in strong race performances after just a year. His engaging and delightful wife and children are an enthusiastic presence in the paddock.

“I came to CMMCS through meeting Andy Banham at a Lydden track day in 2018 while testing my Fiesta, then again at another track day. I was invited to race at Lydden, my home tack because I live near Ashford in Kent, and took part in their Motormania for my first race, November 2018. Here, I was engulfed by the Saxos and the bonhomie of  Marcus Bicknell, Steve Everson and Chris Bicknell. Rod Birley was also very encouraging and I was invited to race the following weekend at Brands Hatch with the BARC Southeast Tin Tops which has now morphed into the CMMC Southern Tin Tops. That was great fun; I was hooked. I continued in 2019 and did the whole season with CMMCS.”

In 2019 with the CMMCS, Chris was 2nd in class twice (the two pitstop races at Brands) and was awarded the H&G Engineers Production Saloon driver of the day at Lydden Hill on 12th October. What a great start for his first season in motor-racing.

“My ambitions for season? Develop further as a driver, and continue learning, hopefully with a reliable car! Try new circuits and possibly even start moving up the field a little! Met some great people, made new friends, and we went over to Germany in December to meet up with Volker Timm who races with the CMMCS Intermarque Silhoettes. Looking forward to racing in 2021!”

Read Chris’s Q&A info sheet… Chris Burley 32

Good luck Chris. We’re gunning for you. No, that’s wrong… we wish you happy and successful racing.

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