Celtic Speed : Team

Meet the team

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Tommy Dreelan

Tommy Dreelan

Team Principal

Irish born Tommy has been based in Aberdeen for many years, so the name ‘Celtic Speed’ was an ideal choice for him.

He competed in the British Carrera Cup Series 2008 – 2011.

Tommy now competes in Group C Series and F1 Historics.

Tommy’s Race History Results

2008

SMRC Knockhill Sports & Saloons

27 April - 2nd
24 June - 3rd
29 June - 2nd
03 August - 3rd
14 September - 1st

Porsche Carrera Cup Pro Am 2 Championship

Croft round 9 - 3rd
Croft round 10 - 3rd
Silverstone round 18 - 2nd
2008 pro Am 2 Championship - 2nd Place

GT Cup 18th May

Anglesey International - 3rd

GT Cup 28th June

Oulton Park - 3rd 

Porsche Open October

Spa - 2nd in Class

Anglesey Winter Series

30 November - 1st
30 November - 2nd 

2009

GT Cup 100 Knockhill

5 September - 2nd in Class
6 September - 3rd in Class

Britcar Endurance Championship, Night Race

7 November - 3rd in Class

2010

Dubai 24hr

Jan 2010 - 2nd in Class

SMRC 2010 Special Award to Celtic Speed

 

2011

Porsche Carrera Cup Pro Am 2 Championship

Knockhill round 12 - 3rd
Silverstone round 18 - 2nd 

Group C Historics

Brands Hatch Super Prix 3 July - 2nd in C2
Portimao Algarve Historics 21-23 October - 2nd in C2

 

2012

Group C Historics

Le Mans 24hr support race 15-17 June - 2nd in C2
Imola (Italy) Historic Grand Prix 19-21 October - 2nd in C2

Historics F1

Monaco Historic F1. 11-13 May – 21st out of 38 starters
Silverstone F1 support race – 2nd in class 


2013

Group C Historics

Circuit De Catalunya Barcelona (Spain) Classic Revival 12-14 April,  -Race 1, 4th in C1 class. -Race 2, 4th in C1 class.

Donington Historic Festival 3-5 May, -5th in C1 class.

SPA (Belgium) Classic 24-26 May,  -4th in C1 class.

Silverstone Classic 26-28 July, -6th in C1 class

3rd in C1 Championship

Historics F1

Circuit De Catalunya Barcelona (Spain) Classic Revival 12-14 April,  -3rd in class.

Silverstone Classic 26-28 July, -8th in class

SMRC

Presented the SMRC Special Award

2014

GROUP C HISTORICS

-SPA (Belgium) Classic 13-15 May- 6th in C1 class
-Le Mans 24hr support race 12-15 June- 7th in C1 class
-Silverstone Classic 24-27 July- Race 1- 8th in C1 class. Race 2- 7th in C1 class.
-Zandvoort (Holland) Historics 29-31 aug, Race 1- 3rd in C1 class. Race 2- 4th in C1 class
-Daytona (Florida) classic 24hr 12-16 Nov, 1st overall 

HISTORIC F1

-Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal (Canada) F1 Support Races. Race 1- 4th in class. Race 2- 4th in class
-Silverstone Classic 24-27 July. Race 1- 3rd in class. Race 2- 4th in class.
-Zandvoort (Holland) Historics 29-31 Aug, Race 1- 6th in class. Race 2- 9th in class
-Singapore F1 support races 25-27 sept. Race 1- 8th. Race 2- 8th.
-Jerez (Spain) Historic Festival 10-12 Oct. Race 1- 5th in class. Race 2- 5th in class. 


 2015

GROUP C HISTORICS

-Barcelona 17-19 April. Race 1, 4th in C1 class. Race 2, 4th in C1 class.
-SPA 22-24 May.  3rd in C1 class.
-Monza 19-21 June.  Race 1, 3rd in C1 class. Race 2 1st in class and overall winner.
-Silverstone Classic 24-26 July. Race 1,  2nd in C1 class. Race 2, 2nd in C1 class.
-Paul Ricard (France) 4th in C1 class.
-Daytona (Florida) Historic 24hr, 4th overall
-2nd in C1 Championship 

HISTORIC F1

-Barcelona 17-19 April. 11th in class.
-Road Atlanta (USA) 23-26 April.  Race 1, 6th in class. Race 2, 4th in class.
-Monza 18-21 June,  Race 1, 7th in class. Race 2, 6th in class.
-Silverstone Classic 24-26 July, 10th in class.
-Road America (USA) 16-19 July,  Race 1, 6th in class, Race 2, 2nd in class.
-Leguna Seca (USA) 12-15 Aug,  Race 1, 19th, Race 2, 18th.
-Zandvoort (Holland) 28-30 Aug,  Race 1, 6th in class, Race 2, 6th in class.
-Austin (Texas) 23-25 Oct, Historic F1, Support races to Formula 1 15th.
-Mexico 30 Oct-1 Nov, Historic F1, Support Races to Formula 1.  Race 1, 12th. Race 2 11th.

2016

Group C Historics

 - Jarama (Spain) 1-3 April. C1 class. Race 1 4th. Race 2 3rd.
- Dijon (France) 2-5 June. C1 class. Race 1 5th. Race 2 4th.
- Silverstone Classic 29-31 July.  C1 class. Race 1 3rd. Race 2 3rd.
- Paul Ricard (France) 30 sept-2 oct. C1 class.  Race 1 4th. Race 2 2nd.
- Suzuka (Japan) Sound of Engine 2016. Race 1 3rd. Race 2 2nd.
- 2nd in Group C (C1) Championship.

Historics F1

- Monaco Historics 13-15 May. 19th out of 41 starters.
- Brands Hatch GP 27-29 May. 8th in class.
- Silverstone Classic 29-31 July. Race 1 10th in class. Race 2 9th in class.
- Leguna Seca 18-21 Aug. Race 1 23rd. Race 2 16th.
- Zandvoort (Holland) 2-4 Sept. Race 1 4th in class. Race 2 4th in class.
- Austin (Texas) 21-23 Sept. Support Races to F1. 10th.
- Mexico 28-30 Oct. Support Races to F1. Race 1 12th. Race 2 8th.

Rory Butcher

Rory Butcher

Driver

Fifer Rory contested his maiden British GT campaign in the Aston Martin V12 Vantage and was immediately one of the stars, securing fastest laps and podiums - helping Motorbase Performance to secure the British GT Teams Championship title.

His dynamic, controlled style of driving delivers results: podiums and race wins especially on wet circuits.

It was drives like that which has attracted fans such as Allan McNish and David Coulthard, both ex F1 drivers, who believe Rory has what it takes to reach the top.

Rory returns for the 2015 season determined to make it his year and he got off to a great start by finishing the Rolex 24 at Daytona race in January with GB Autosport and their 991 Porsche GTD America. This was Rory's first step into US sportscar racing.

He heads into the British GT Championship eager to fight for the drivers title with Motorbase Performance and team mate Liam Griffin.


Rory’s Racing CV

2015
Rolex 24 at Daytona - Porsche 911 with GB Autosport - 8th in Class
British GT - Aston Martin V12 Vantage with Motorbase Performance 

2014British GT - Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 with Motorbase Performance - 8th Overall.
Team Champions
2 Podiums
1 Fastest Lap

2013
Porsche Carrera Cup GB- 3rd Overall
3 Race Wins
10 Podiums
2 fastest laps
Driver of the weekend at Rockingham and Brands GP rounds

2012
Porsche Carrera Cup GB — 5th overall
Most improved driver of the year award
2 Race Wins
9 Podiums
2 Pole Positions
3 Fastest Laps
1 lap record


2011
Porsche Carrera Cup BB — 2nd in Pro-Am1 Class

2010
British GT4 Championship- 2nd
Porsche Carrera Cup Guest Drive- 1st in Class

2009

Scottish Formula Ford Champion
UK Formula Ford Championship – 2nd
Formula Ford Festival- WINNER (60 entries)
(previous winners; Jenson Button, Mark Webber,
and Johnny Herbert)

2008
Scottish Formula Ford Championship – 3rd
Porsche Carrera Cup Guest Drive- 1st in Class

RACING Awards
Scottish Young Single Seater Award
Scottish Young Saloon Car Driver of the Year Award
Motorsport News Top 50 Drivers to Look Out For
Ecurie Ecosse Hub Cap Award (previous winners-David Coulthard, Allan Mcnish, Dario Franchitti, David Leslie, Jonathan Adam)

Aaron Scott

Aaron Scott

Manager/Coach

Aaron Scott has an extensive motorsport CV and is well known for his exploits in GT racing. Aaron started racing in karts when he was 14 and graduated to sports cars via Formula Ford and British Formula 3. He has been working with Celtic Speed since it’s inception in the Porsche Carrera Cup where he had the role of driver coach. In the Historic racing he still works as driver coach and driver and during the week he manages the team’s race activities.

Age: 36

Most likely to be found: Behind the wheel

Notable teams raced for: AF Corse, Ascari, GT3 Racing, ABG Motorsport.

Stats as of Feb 2015:
Wins - 42
Poles - 34
Fastest Laps - 52
Podiums - 90
Championships - 2

Stephen Glover

Stephen Glover

Technician

Steve has always been passionate about cars and started his career as a Technician for Ferrari where he worked up to a senior position.

Steve got into motorsport via the Tech9 Motorsport team where he worked with their TVR Tuscans and eventually their Porsche Cup cars. He was part of the teams success as they won the FIA GT3 European Championship with the late Sean Edwards. After Tech9 Steve joined Scuderia Vittoria to work with their Ferrari, Ginetta and Renault Clio cars.

Steve joined Celtic Speed in 2015 and predominantly looks after the 962.

Most likely to be found: With the 962

Notable cars worked on: Porsche Cup, TVR Tuscan, Ferrari 458, Porsche, Williams

Notable drivers worked with: Sean Edwards, Michael Lyons, Phil Hindley, Tommy Dreelan, Aaron Scott

Simon Lainchbury

Simon Lainchbury

Technican

Simon’s career also started as a vehicle technician with the Ferrari dealership. He moved to motorsport when he joined Mtech in 2008 and became their lead technician on the Ferrari 430 before moving on to the 458 GT3. Simon spent 5 years working for Mtech before joining AF Corse in 2013. He still works with AF Corse to this day and is involved in many programmes in Britain, Europe and Asia.

He joined Celtic Speed in 2014 and is a valued member of the team, working on all cars and specialising in the Spice Group C and March F1 car.

Most likely to be found: In the workshop or with the March

Notable cars worked on: Ferrari 430 Scuderia, Ferrari 458 GTE and GT3, March 761, Spice C2

Notable drivers worked with: Matt Griffin, Aaron Scott, Michele Rugolo, Rui Aguas

Diego Gottardi

Diego Gottardi

Engineer

Diego is an Italian Engineer with a vast array of experience in single seater and GT cars. He has spent his career in top line motorsport working as a lead engineer with Ferrari GT constructor Michellotto and Italian GT team, AF Corse for many years before joining the privateer Porsche team, Proton Motorsport. Diego also has a passion for historic cars and works in his ‘spare’ time restoring some beautiful Formula 1 cars.

Russell Eeles

Russell Eeles

Chief Mechanic

Russell has been involved in motorsport throughout his professional career. He worked for Richard Lloyd Racing during the golden period of Group C in the 1980’s with both the Porsche 956 and 962. Russell has also worked with Jordan in Formula 3000 and Formula 1. Most recently he worked for his former Group C driver, Jonathan Palmer, as Chief Mechanic for the Formula 2 series. Russell's vast array of experience and versatility are his key strengths.