Vantage Racing is extremely proud of the team that run it and bring it to life. Here you can find out all about our drivers, support and technical staff.

VR Team
Tom Black
TOM BLACK  DRIVER

Tom is the founder and owner of Vantage Racing. He came to motorsport relatively late, obtaining his race licence only in 2008 and soon after teamed up with Steve Hay (Chief Engineer) and racing legend Hugh Chamberlain to get Vantage Racing off the ground. He regards racing as a hobby and doesn't take it too seriously, preferring to use it as a means of unwinding and indulging his love of fast cars.

During his short career he learned his race craft with the Aston Martin Owner's Club and then stepped up to participate in all three years of the Aston Martin Racing's GT4 Challenge, coming second in 2011. He believes very strongly in keeping amateur racing for amateurs and has always been partnered by other amateur drivers in this series. He has occasionally stepped up to more serious racing, taking part in several rounds of the pro-am British GT in the GT3 DBRS9 with Stuart Hall in 2011, and achieving respectable finishes in most races. Besides the thrill of the driving experience, Tom's favourite aspect of his motor racing is the ability to race on iconic circuits such as Silverstone GP, Brands Hatch GP and Spa where he watched many of his childhood heroes.

Chris Kemp  DRIVER
Chris Kemp


Chris was involved in the subsea sector of the oil industry for more than 25 years. He now advises and invests in a portfolio of growing businesses.

Chris took up motorsport in 2010 - at Tom's suggestion, and so blames Tom for the abject poverty which has resulted. The 2010 season was initially driving his Vantage GT4 in Aston Martin Owners Club sprint races, but he also competed in the final two GT4 Challenge races of that year and astonished himself by not coming last in either. Chris competed in the full GT4 Challenge series of 2011 and 2012, taking overall third and second place respectively - due in no small part to first rate coaching and co-driving from Stuart Hall. He drove solo in the support race at the 24 hours of Le Mans in June 2012.

Chris makes up for a complete lack of talent by doing a lot of practice...

STUART HALL  INSTRUCTOR / DRIVER
STUART HALL


Stuart started his racing career in the T-cars Championship in 2000, where he was crowned Champion in his first year. He then moved on to British Formula Ford and Formula Renault Championships, ending up as Formula Renault Winter Champion in 2004 with Fortec Motorsport. He competed in British Formula Three in 2006, but due to lack of funding did not complete the Championship. His debut year in Sportscars in 2007 was with Rollcentre Racing, in the LMP1 class.

Stuart came 4th Overall at Le Mans, 1st Rookie and 1st British Driver and came 5th Overall in the Le Mans Series with 2 podiums, again 1st Rookie and 1st British Driver. In 2008 Stuart once again competed at Le Mans and the Le Mans Series with Creation Aim. He was also part of the MSA Race Elite Programme. In 2009 Stuart joined Aston Martin Racing for the Le Mans 24hours and the Nurbergring and Silverstone 100kms, scoring a podium at Nurburgring. Also winning the first two rounds of the British GT Championship with Rollcentre Racing. Stuart is a proud member of the British Racing Drivers Club and one of only 14 members to be named as Superstars for the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

Away from the track, Stuart is a keen long distance runner, he has run the Houston Texas Marathon twice with his best time of 3hrs 8min and in 2010 he is running the Virgin London Marathon for Starlight, hoping to break the sub-three hour barrier!

STEVE HAY
STEVE HAY  CHIEF RACE ENGINEER

Following a career in traditional automotive engineering with Honda and Mazda and a little race experience with Lotus Elans, Steve became properly involved in motorsport in 1999. He has extensive experience at the top of endurance racing having supported a broad range of teams and cars across many series.

Highlights include the Chamberlain Vipers GTS-Rs in FIA GT and various other series in the Europe, US and Japan, several Lola LMP675 for the MG Works team, for Intersport Racing in the US and for Binnie motorsport at Le Mans, a Chamberlain Dome Judd S101 at Le Mans and the American Le Mans Series and a Kondo Racing Dome at Le Mans. With a short spell in F3, he has also tasted the world of open-wheelers but has since returned to GT endurance racing, which is truly where his heart is.





SIMON HALL
SIMON HALL  RACE MECHANIC

Having enjoyed racing as a competitor in club motorsport for eight seasons, Simon went back to school to obtain his HND in Automotive Engineering and started a new career as a race engineer in 2000.

He has worked for teams in many varied series including British GT, FIA GT, European and American Le Mans series, A1gp and Grand Prix Masters. His focus has mainly been on endurance racing and he has worked for teams in the Le Mans 24 hour race, Daytona 24 hour, Sebring 12 hour and Suzuka 1000kms.