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27 Jan 2014: Cromer sea swim raises £350 for Henry Surtees Foundation icon

Just a quick update to say that the final total raised by BritsOnPole’s Andy & LJH was a brilliant £350 against an initial target of £200. Many, many thanks to everyone who contributed!


1 Jan 2014: We survived the Boxing Day dip – video evidence! icon

Well, we did it. Yes it was cold – but no, it wasn’t as cold as we feared! If you missed the previous post, BritsOnPole’s Andy and LJH took part in the 2013 Boxing Day Dip at Cromer in Norfolk to raise money for the Henry Surtees Foundation.


14 Dec 2013: Boxing Day chills to help Henry Surtees Foundation

While most people will spend Boxing Day with their feet up in front of the fire snacking on left-overs,’s co-founder Andy Darley is to put aside the comforts of Christmas and dash into the chilly sea on behalf of the Henry Surtees Foundation.


1 Dec 2013: Formula 4 Winter Series & BritCar – the music video icon

So we ended up with all this footage from Formula 4 and Britcar footage that we couldn’t fit in, and it seemed a shame to waste it. But we thought what the world really needed right now was to see the action put to music… so we did. Enjoy!


1 Dec 2013: Brits on Pole at the F4 Winter Series icon

The winter time is a quiet period for motorsport in this country, what with the weather and all. But empty void was partly filled this year by Formula 4, which ran a short championship across two weekends at Snetterton and Brands Hatch.


11 Nov 2013: New edition: Motorsport masterpieces, Sam Bird, Duncan Tappy

Our new episode is up on YouTube, and embedded here. It leads with a look at the UEA Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts exhibition of masterpieces, which includes a Lotus Type 72. There is also an interview with Sam Bird, five quick questions for Duncan Tappy, and a look at who’s leading the BRDC Gold Star standings.


1 Nov 2013: Sam Bird: I’m ready for the next step

Interviewed before the F1 Indian Grand Prix and the GP2 Series title showdown in Abu Dhabi, Mercedes reserve driver Sam Bird talks about about his career to date, his future plans, the state of F1 – and his pet tortoise.


13 Sep 2013: The return of BritsOnPole – as a video magazine

It seems an awful long time ago that we made the announcement that BritsOnPole was shutting down – possibly because, in internet terms, it was. But we also said we’d be back if we thought we could find a way of making it work, and that’s exactly what we’re doing.


4 Jun 2012: Tappy thrives in switch to GT3 racing despite Silverstone disappointment

Duncan Tappy sees a future for himself in GT and endurance racing

On Sunday Brits on Pole was at a rainy Silverstone for the Blancpain Endurance Series, where a number of drivers we’ve regularly covered in single-seaters were in action. They included ex-Superleague Formula race-winner Duncan Tappy who qualified his McLaren MP4-12C third. We caught up with Duncan before and after the race in the ART Grand Prix garage.


24 Apr 2012: Tappy confirmed for full season in Blancpain Endurance Series

The Blancpain Endurance Series is next in action at Silverstone on the weekend of June 2-3

Former single-seater champion Duncan Tappy has confirmed a full-season switch to endurance racing after a successful first outing for ART Grand Prix driving a McLaren MP4-12C GT3 at Monza.