Team Principal Q&A: meet Mark Goddard

Date posted on May 11, 2020 · Published by eurasiapr

Tell us about yourself!

I started racing in the UK (I am British) as a wannabe F1 driver, competing in Formula Vee and Formula Ford before graduating to Formula 3. I was not able to raise the funding to go further but managed to race professionally for 30 years in all categories including Touring Cars, Sports Cars, GT and Formula Cars. I was also Chief Instructor at the Silverstone Racing School and first modern F1 Safety Car Driver. I led the British GP in 1993!

In 1994 I moved to Asia and had a second driving career, winning the Asian F3 Championship in 2002. My last year as a driver was in 2004 when I stopped racing to concentrate on the management side. Eurasia Motorsport was founded in the same year.

What is your favourite memory from the Asian Le Mans Series?

I have several including winning at Buriram with Antonio Giovinazzi and Sean Geleal with the LMP2 and receiving the Man of the Year Award in 2016!

Prototype or GT?

Eurasia has run LMP2, LMP3 and GT in Asian Le Mans Series. All three classes have their unique challenges. Given the choice of competing in one class only it would have to be LMP2.

What are you most proud of?

Starting a team in Asia to run two Formula BMW cars and building it into an operation that has raced in Le Mans, European Le Mans Series and won Championships and races in most of the major Series in Asia.

Daniel Ricciardo saying he would not be where he is today without the grounding he received from Eurasia made us all feel pretty proud. As a driver I am proud of the fact that I was able to race professionally for 30 years, winning a lot of races in the process.

What is something we do not know about you?

I went to University to study law but left early to get a job so I could get a bank loan to buy my first race car, a Formula Vee.

Three people you would choose, dead or alive, to have a dinner party with, and why?

Billy Connelly, the British comedian, who is outrageously funny on stage and I suspect the same in private.
Winston Churchill. Hearing the inside story of his life would be amazing.
James Hunt. It would definitely be a non-PC evening with him around.

How do you manage jet lag? Any tips? 

Change your watch and phone to the time at your destination as soon as you board the plane and as much as possible stop thinking of what time it is at home.

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