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Duncan Tappy

Quick, committed and professional, Duncan Tappy has long been established as one of the most impressive talents in British motorsport.

A past winner of the Formula Ford Festival and British Formula Renault title, Duncan has since showed his versatility in a wide range of series.

A Factory Bentley driver in the Blancpain Endurance Series for Team M-Sport Bentley, he is also brand ambassador for the Harwoods Group.

Website: http://www.duncantappy.com/
Location: England
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Latest Activity: Jul 24, 2014

Duncan Tappy - Biography

Biography

Throughout his championship-winning career, Duncan Tappy has built an enviable reputation as the complete racing driver – as quick on the track as he is professional off it, talented as both a racer and a coach, and an articulate spokesperson for his sponsors.

Duncan during a rare quiet moment in Superleague

Duncan during a rare quiet moment in Superleague

2005 saw Duncan’s first full season in car racing with a remarkable thirteen consecutive race wins in Formula Ford. Not only did he take the championship by storm in the second part of the season, he dominated the prestigious Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch where he faced stiff competition from international Formula Ford rivals.

The next step for Duncan was to progress to a ‘slicks and wings’ car for 2006 and he chose Formula Renault UK to make his leap. He spent his first season with his old Formula Ford team – Jamun Racing – learning the car and the engineering aspects that make it such a competitive series.

Having been identified as one of the top six British prospects for the McLaren Autosport Awards he then had his talent recognised further by being made a British Racing Driver Club ‘Rising Star’ in the summer of 2006.

2007 saw a move to Fortec Motorsport where Duncan wasted no time in making an impression. He took the UK Formula Renault Championship title with ten impressive wins. In 2008 Duncan showed his versatility with drives in World Series by Renault with Italian Team RC Motorsport, Superleague Formula where he achieved three podium finishes out of ten races, Rookie sessions in Mexico and Shanghai with A1 GP GBR, the Le Mans Series, Porsche Carrera Cup and Time Attack.

He returned to Superleague Formula in 2009 and once again in 2010 – splitting time in that season with the Auto GP championship. In that year he earned eight top-5 finishes in Auto GP, finishing third overall in the drivers’ standings and helping DAMS to the team title. He also found time to score five podiums in Superleague Formula.

After more Superleague duty in 2011 – including a race win at Assen – he will spend 2012 racing for ART Grand Prix in the Blancpain Endurance Series.

Racing Career

2012
Blancpain Endurance Series – ART Grand Prix, racing a McLaren MP4-12C GT3
2011
Superleague Formula – Japan and Turkey cars – race-winner in Assen
2010
Superleague Formula – Flamengo car – four podiums, one superfinal appearance
Auto GP – DAMS – third in driver championship, winner of team championship
2009
Firestone Indy Lights – St Petersburg, USA
Superleague Formula – Galatasaray car – 4 races – best position fifth
Formula Master – 2 races Pau
2008
Superleague Formula – Tottenham Hotspur Car – 10 races – 3 podiums
World Series by Renault – 4 races with RC Motorsport – Silverstone, Hungary, Estoril and Barcelona
Porsche Carrera Cup – 1 race Thruxton
Le Mans Series – 1 race Monza LMP1
A1GP GBR – Rookie Sessions Mexico and Shanghai
Awarded BRDC Superstars Status
2007
Formula Renault UK Champion – 10 wins
McLaren Autosport BRDC Award Finalist
Autosport British Club Driver of the Year
2006
Formula Renault UK debut season
British Racing Drivers Club ‘Rising Star’ award
2005
Nine consecutive wins and second in the UK Formula Ford Championship.
Winner Formula Ford Festival
McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finalist
2004
UK Formula Ford Winter Championship. 2nd overall.
Formula Ford Festival – qualified 7th in heat, and finished 11th overall in grand final.
Formula Ford testing with several top teams. In limited outings Duncan impressed, culminating in one dramatic round of the Avon Tyres championship in a Zetec powered Formula Ford. Running as high as 2nd from the back of the grid, Duncan was forced into retirement following contact with another competitor.
2003
Formula Zip Championship – last three rounds only. Best result 3rd overall in the final round of the championship in only his third ever single seater race meeting.
TKM Festival – 1st First Final, 2nd Second Final.
Super 1 Formula A category – 3rd overall.
2002
Super 1 in the highly competitive Intercontinental ‘A’ class. 2nd overall.

Achievements:

  • Third in 2010 AutoGP driver championship, team champion with DAMS
  • Three-time winner of David Brabham’s charity Celebrity Karting Challenge
  • Twice represented Great Britain in A1GP rookie sessions
  • Former BRDC Rising Star and Superstar
  • 2007 Formula Renault UK champion
  • Two-time BRDC McLaren Autosport Young Driver Award nominee
  • 2005 Formula Ford Festival winner

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