Record updated 07-Nov-06
Mark Hales is a highly successful racing driver, writer and publisher.
With over 30 years experience around the world as both a gentleman and professional racing driver, Hales has to his credit more than 150 race wins together with countless class victories and top three placings. A multiple national champion across several series, his international successes include a double win at the Le Mans Classic.
With over 30 years’ driving experience all round the world as both an amateur and professional, Hales has to his credit more than 150 race wins, together with countless class victories and top three placings.
A multiple national champion across several categories, frequently as works team driver, his more recent international successes include a double win at the Le Mans Classic, outright victory at the Spa Six Hours event, and top honours no fewer than three times in Goodwood’s prestigious RAC TT Celebration.
Having driven a Ferrari GTO – conservatively valued at £5million - to a class victory at the first Le Mans Classic in 2002, the following year he then set a memorable pole position in the Ferrari 512S once driven by Ronnie Peterson. The lap time would have got him onto the grid for that year’s 24 hour event.
He also took outright victory at Le Mans with an Alfa Romeo T33/3 World Championship Sports Car, something the factory did not manage to accomplish in the 1970s.
Hales distinguishes himself by having raced or tested almost every type of racing car ever built, ranging from NASCAR and Formula One, through to Touring Cars and rare classic machines. Some of the most prominent of which belonging to Nick Mason’s Ten Tenths Collection, including the Ferrari GTO valued at £5,000,000 that he drove to victory at Le Mans.
Hales has established himself as a recognized writer and journalist over the past 20 years. A senior contributor to the broadsheet Daily Telegraph’s Weekend Motoring section, he also contributes to Evo magazine and Octane, for whom he is chief Track Tester. In addition, being a keen pilot himself, he writes regularly for the UK’s Flyer magazine.
The book Into the Red which Hales wrote with Pink Floyd musician Nick Mason is a best seller and has been released as a second edition after three reprints.
Hales owns and publishes Circuit Driver, the magazine dedicated to track driving, for whom he is also a contributing editor.
As well as explaining his circuit technique via written articles, Hales has developed the Masterclass training course and a series of How To Drive dvds which provide drivers of every level with a little more insight into what is required to extract the maximum from themselves and their car on track.