Steve switched to motosport as a second career and made an immediate impact. He has competed in nearly 100 races in the last five years and is an ARDS ‘A Grade’ Instructor.
Prior to his motorsport career, he was a commissioned officer in the Royal Marines for seventeen years, where he served in all the Commando Units and deployed all over the world, including operational tours to Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan, before his career was cut short.
Whilst in command of 175 marines on his second operational tour to Afghanistan in 2011, during an extremely hostile period in Helmand Province, his leadership and management skills were fully tested in the most dire of situations. Whilst operating in an area that at the time was considered to be the most dangerous square mile on Earth, he was very seriously injured by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), which put him in a coma for three weeks and physical rehabilitation for over two years.
Whilst in rehab he soon realised that his military career was over and, faced with great adversity, he turned his passion for cycling into a business and established a custom carbon bike building company – LIOS Bikes (abbreviated from the names of his children, Lily & Oscar).
As he could no longer compete on two wheels, and being a petrol head from a young age, he gravitated towards four wheels and an engine. After being introduced to Mission Motorsport in 2013, Steve soon found himself involved with the forces’ motorsport charity whilst in its infancy and at the beginning of 2014 he was selected to race in the 2014 Caterham Academy.
In what is one of the most completive single-make motorsport series in the country, he placed forth overall at the end of the season and his taste for motorsport was firmly set. Over four years Steve progressed up the Caterham ladder, notching up multiple wins and championship podium finishes. He had over twenty five podiums in his first four years, in addition to his team winning their class at the Race of Remembrance twice.
In 2017 Steve had a 70% podium finish rate in the Caterham 310R Championships and in 2018 he translated that success to British GT, where he raced a Jaguar F Type SVR GT4 in British GT for the Invictus Games Racing Team. After what was ostensibly an R&D year for the team, he is again racing a Jaguar in British GT this season, where he and his co-driver put Jaguar on the GT podium for the first time in 22 years at Oulton Park in April 2019. With the ambition to continue competing at the highest levels, he continues to build upon his motorsport career in order to enhance his experience as a talented racing driver, coach and instructor.
Steve is also a polished inspirational speaker, where he highlights his experience in leadership & management whilst serving in the marines and setting up in business, his adversity in overcoming life-changing injuries and his passion for motorsport.
Outside of motorsport, Steve spends most of his time driving his kids to their numerous clubs & activities! His remaining time is spent with his girlfriend Hayley, where she also tries to keep him fit and healthy, as she is a Health & Wellbeing Coach.