Today’s interview is with Richard Bradley, Asian LMS Eurasia Motorsport driver. He was born in London on 17 August 1991.
2000: First time in kart age 8;
2001-2009: Achieved 12 championships in 9 years;
2010: Formula BMW Pacific Champion in first year of car racing with 2 races to spare with 8 championship wins and 11 championship podiums from 15 races;
2011: 2 podiums in Japanese F3 and 9th in Macau GP first attempt;
2012: 6 podiums in Japanese F3 finishing 4th in championship;
2013: Won first ever Asian Le Mans Series race in LMP2 at Fuji, finished 5th in first ever WEC race in LMP2;
2014: 2 podiums so far in WEC, pole at Spa, led the Le Mans 24 Hours in first ever attempt.
1. It is great to see you again in 2014 Asian LMS. What do you think about your performance at 3 Hours of Inje?
I think mine and the team’s performance at Inje was very respectable. Bearing in mind that OAK are the reigning Asian Le Mans Series and world champions, had information from the Inje circuit from competing in the previous years race and an experienced driver line up and for us to give them a serious run for their money in qualifying and led the race by over a minute at one point is an exceptional performance by the team. Whilst we didn’t finish the race due to an unfortunate mechanical failure we can hold our heads up high that we gave them a good fight and created an excited spectacle at what should theoretically be by far our weakest round. We are coming to get them in Fuji I promise!!
2. How did you first get into Motorsports?
My dad used to race cars for fun and then for my 8th birthday he took me karting for the first time where some good drivers were present and I showed great potential so as I started winning races we took it very seriously and here I am today 14 years later!
3. What do you think about driving with Asian drivers? Do you think Asian Le Mans Series will help Asian drivers to improve?
I think that it is only a matter a time before we will have a group of Asian drivers at the top of global motorsport. With the resources, population numbers and growing number of Asian Formula One races coming up there is only going to be more and more Asian drivers coming up through the ranks which means the level is getting quite impressive. Racing on Formula One grade circuits with reputable drivers from all over the world with high level backgrounds will only help the Asian drivers improve.
4. Will you compete in all 5 races for 2014 Asian LMS? What plans and goals do you have for the rest of the season and for 2014?
I hope to be racing in all of the Asian LMS races except for Shanghai where I have a clash in the World Endurance Championship the same weekend. The Asian LMS is great for keeping me sharp in between the world championship races and competing against great teams and manufactures will only help improve my credibility on the world scene as well so whenever I am available I would hope to race in the Asian LMS.