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Marcus Simmons
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Marcus Simmons

Marcus Simmons is the Deputy Editor of Autosport magazine. As a child he was a regular on the chalk banks of Thruxton – hence his unhealthy obsession with 1970s Formula 2 and F3 – before he became an MSA timekeeper at the age of 17. At 19, his reporting debut for Motoring News arguably overshadowed Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’ goal as the sporting moment of June 1986, and he joined the staff in 1990 after graduating from his degree course in Plymouth. A parallel Formula First career – which was as incident-packed as his childhood exploits in show-jumping and hunter trials – finished when he wrote off his car and put himself in hospital in 1991.

Marcus moved to Autosport in the summer of 1996. Since then he has had two stints as a freelancer and a brief spell as editor of Motor Sport magazine, during which the revered green cover was revived, before he rejoined Autosport in 2008. He lives in Teddington with his wife (who, gratifyingly, grew up within earshot of Castle Combe), daughter, stepson, dog, cat and guitars, and additionally has an adult daughter and stepson.

Latest articles by Marcus Simmons

Douglass hat-trick puts him third in Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings

Douglass hat-trick puts him third in Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings

National
National
Douglass hat-trick puts him third in Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings
BTCC seeks two new teams for 2025, set to introduce cap

BTCC seeks two new teams for 2025, set to introduce cap

BTCC
BTCC
BTCC seeks two new teams for 2025, set to introduce cap
John Watson’s top 10 greatest races

John Watson’s top 10 greatest races

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Formula 1
Plus
Formula 1
John Watson’s top 10 greatest races
Can Black beat Brown to gold in Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings?

Can Black beat Brown to gold in Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings?

National
National
Can Black beat Brown to gold in Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings?
Prema “talking” with F1 driver Sargeant over 2025 IndyCar switch

Prema “talking” with F1 driver Sargeant over 2025 IndyCar switch

IndyCar
IndyCar
Prema “talking” with F1 driver Sargeant over 2025 IndyCar switch
Waite on the rise in Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings

Waite on the rise in Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings

National
National
Waite on the rise in Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings
How Renault's arrival saved the BTCC career of its Super Touring king

How Renault's arrival saved the BTCC career of its Super Touring king

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BTCC
Plus
BTCC
How Renault's arrival saved the BTCC career of its Super Touring king
Grange, Short and Lulham close on Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings lead

Grange, Short and Lulham close on Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings lead

National
National
Grange, Short and Lulham close on Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings lead
BTCC Oulton Park: Hill denies Doble with stunning last-lap pass

BTCC Oulton Park: Hill denies Doble with stunning last-lap pass

BTCC
BTCC
Oulton Park (Island Circuit)
BTCC Oulton Park: Hill denies Doble with stunning last-lap pass
BTCC Oulton Park: Cook uses tyre advantage to win race two

BTCC Oulton Park: Cook uses tyre advantage to win race two

BTCC
BTCC
Oulton Park (Island Circuit)
BTCC Oulton Park: Cook uses tyre advantage to win race two
BTCC Oulton Park: Ingram beats Sutton as investigations loom

BTCC Oulton Park: Ingram beats Sutton as investigations loom

BTCC
BTCC
Oulton Park (Island Circuit)
BTCC Oulton Park: Ingram beats Sutton as investigations loom
BTCC Oulton Park: Ingram overcomes hybrid reduction and beats Sutton to pole

BTCC Oulton Park: Ingram overcomes hybrid reduction and beats Sutton to pole

BTCC
BTCC
Oulton Park (Island Circuit)
BTCC Oulton Park: Ingram overcomes hybrid reduction and beats Sutton to pole
BTCC Oulton Park: Rowbottom beats Ingram to top practice

BTCC Oulton Park: Rowbottom beats Ingram to top practice

BTCC
BTCC
Oulton Park (Island Circuit)
BTCC Oulton Park: Rowbottom beats Ingram to top practice
Brown back to the top of Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings

Brown back to the top of Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings

National
National
Brown back to the top of Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings
Ingram throws hat in ring for Coventry WRX run

Ingram throws hat in ring for Coventry WRX run

World Rallycross
World Rallycross
Ingram throws hat in ring for Coventry WRX run
Simms goes fourth in Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings

Simms goes fourth in Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings

National
National
Simms goes fourth in Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings
Magazine: Canadian GP review and 2026 F1 rules insight

Magazine: Canadian GP review and 2026 F1 rules insight

General
General
Magazine: Canadian GP review and 2026 F1 rules insight
BTCC Thruxton: Sutton breaks win drought to regain championship lead

BTCC Thruxton: Sutton breaks win drought to regain championship lead

BTCC
BTCC
Thruxton
BTCC Thruxton: Sutton breaks win drought to regain championship lead
BTCC Thruxton: Hill inherits win after Ingram penalty

BTCC Thruxton: Hill inherits win after Ingram penalty

BTCC
BTCC
Thruxton
BTCC Thruxton: Hill inherits win after Ingram penalty
BTCC Thruxton: Hill beats the Fords to close in on series lead

BTCC Thruxton: Hill beats the Fords to close in on series lead

BTCC
BTCC
Thruxton
BTCC Thruxton: Hill beats the Fords to close in on series lead
BTCC Thruxton: Ingram grabs pole with Cammish second

BTCC Thruxton: Ingram grabs pole with Cammish second

BTCC
BTCC
Thruxton
BTCC Thruxton: Ingram grabs pole with Cammish second
Thompson forced out of BTCC Thruxton

Thompson forced out of BTCC Thruxton

BTCC
BTCC
Thruxton
Thompson forced out of BTCC Thruxton
Black beats Brown to head Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings

Black beats Brown to head Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings

National
National
Black beats Brown to head Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings
Brown back to top of Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings

Brown back to top of Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings

National
National
Brown back to top of Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings
BTCC Snetterton: Huff charges from 14th to win

BTCC Snetterton: Huff charges from 14th to win

BTCC
BTCC
Snetterton (300 Circuit)
BTCC Snetterton: Huff charges from 14th to win
BTCC Snetterton: Hill overcomes penalty for second win

BTCC Snetterton: Hill overcomes penalty for second win

BTCC
BTCC
Snetterton (300 Circuit)
BTCC Snetterton: Hill overcomes penalty for second win
BTCC Snetterton: Hill beats Thompson to race one victory

BTCC Snetterton: Hill beats Thompson to race one victory

BTCC
BTCC
Snetterton (300 Circuit)
BTCC Snetterton: Hill beats Thompson to race one victory
BTCC Snetterton: Hill takes pole from Sutton

BTCC Snetterton: Hill takes pole from Sutton

BTCC
BTCC
Snetterton (300 Circuit)
BTCC Snetterton: Hill takes pole from Sutton
BTCC Snetterton: Hill and Thompson top free practice

BTCC Snetterton: Hill and Thompson top free practice

BTCC
BTCC
Snetterton (300 Circuit)
BTCC Snetterton: Hill and Thompson top free practice
Grange moves to the top of Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings

Grange moves to the top of Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings

National
National
Grange moves to the top of Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings
Sutton: BTCC's 2024 rules tweaks like having success ballast back

Sutton: BTCC's 2024 rules tweaks like having success ballast back

BTCC
BTCC
Sutton: BTCC's 2024 rules tweaks like having success ballast back
Brown is early Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings leader

Brown is early Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings leader

National
National
Brown is early Ryan Motorsport Insurance Autosport National Rankings leader
Thompson in BMW for the rest of 2024 BTCC season

Thompson in BMW for the rest of 2024 BTCC season

BTCC
BTCC
Thompson in BMW for the rest of 2024 BTCC season
BTCC Brands Hatch: Pearson leads Excelr8 1-2 with maiden victory

BTCC Brands Hatch: Pearson leads Excelr8 1-2 with maiden victory

BTCC
BTCC
Brands Hatch (Indy Circuit)
BTCC Brands Hatch: Pearson leads Excelr8 1-2 with maiden victory
BTCC Brands Hatch: Turkington dominates opener

BTCC Brands Hatch: Turkington dominates opener

BTCC
BTCC
Brands Hatch (Indy Circuit)
BTCC Brands Hatch: Turkington dominates opener
BTCC Brands Hatch: Taylor-Smith and Chilton top practice

BTCC Brands Hatch: Taylor-Smith and Chilton top practice

BTCC
BTCC
Brands Hatch (Indy Circuit)
BTCC Brands Hatch: Taylor-Smith and Chilton top practice
How a decade of F4 has revolutionised single-seater racing

How a decade of F4 has revolutionised single-seater racing

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General
Plus
General
How a decade of F4 has revolutionised single-seater racing
BTCC Donington: Moffat fends off Turkington, Sutton and Huff in thriller

BTCC Donington: Moffat fends off Turkington, Sutton and Huff in thriller

BTCC
BTCC
Donington Park (National Circuit)
BTCC Donington: Moffat fends off Turkington, Sutton and Huff in thriller
BTCC Donington: Ingram wins fight with Hill and Sutton

BTCC Donington: Ingram wins fight with Hill and Sutton

BTCC
BTCC
Donington Park (National Circuit)
BTCC Donington: Ingram wins fight with Hill and Sutton
BTCC Donington: Ingram dominates rain-delayed season opener

BTCC Donington: Ingram dominates rain-delayed season opener

BTCC
BTCC
Donington Park (National Circuit)
BTCC Donington: Ingram dominates rain-delayed season opener
Heavy rain delays Donington BTCC

Heavy rain delays Donington BTCC

BTCC
BTCC
Donington Park (National Circuit)
Heavy rain delays Donington BTCC
Huff explains BTCC qualifying exclusion at Donington

Huff explains BTCC qualifying exclusion at Donington

BTCC
BTCC
Donington Park (National Circuit)
Huff explains BTCC qualifying exclusion at Donington
BTCC Donington: Ingram takes first pole of 2024

BTCC Donington: Ingram takes first pole of 2024

BTCC
BTCC
Donington Park (National Circuit)
BTCC Donington: Ingram takes first pole of 2024
BTCC Donington: Ingram dominates practice

BTCC Donington: Ingram dominates practice

BTCC
BTCC
Donington Park (National Circuit)
BTCC Donington: Ingram dominates practice
Six things to watch in BTCC 2024

Six things to watch in BTCC 2024

BTCC
BTCC
Six things to watch in BTCC 2024
Why Turkington's desire for a record fifth BTCC crown can't be questioned

Why Turkington's desire for a record fifth BTCC crown can't be questioned

BTCC
BTCC
Why Turkington's desire for a record fifth BTCC crown can't be questioned
Sutton tops final BTCC pre-season test

Sutton tops final BTCC pre-season test

BTCC
BTCC
Sutton tops final BTCC pre-season test
Wheldon Jr hailed as big talent by team boss after winning debut

Wheldon Jr hailed as big talent by team boss after winning debut

General
General
Wheldon Jr hailed as big talent by team boss after winning debut
How Ingram is seeking to reclaim the BTCC crown from Sutton

How Ingram is seeking to reclaim the BTCC crown from Sutton

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BTCC
Plus
BTCC
How Ingram is seeking to reclaim the BTCC crown from Sutton
Excelr8 driver Pearson beats big guns in latest BTCC test at Croft

Excelr8 driver Pearson beats big guns in latest BTCC test at Croft

BTCC
BTCC
Excelr8 driver Pearson beats big guns in latest BTCC test at Croft
The tin-top world champion seeking to tick a "missing box" in the BTCC

The tin-top world champion seeking to tick a "missing box" in the BTCC

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BTCC
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BTCC
The tin-top world champion seeking to tick a "missing box" in the BTCC
Thompson stakes claim for full-time BTCC seat with first BMW test

Thompson stakes claim for full-time BTCC seat with first BMW test

BTCC
BTCC
Thompson stakes claim for full-time BTCC seat with first BMW test
Hill tops first official BTCC test

Hill tops first official BTCC test

BTCC
BTCC
Hill tops first official BTCC test
Thompson gets BTCC WSR BMW test at Brands

Thompson gets BTCC WSR BMW test at Brands

BTCC
BTCC
Thompson gets BTCC WSR BMW test at Brands
BTCC champion Sutton locked in at Alliance Racing until end of 2026

BTCC champion Sutton locked in at Alliance Racing until end of 2026

BTCC
BTCC
BTCC champion Sutton locked in at Alliance Racing until end of 2026
Rob Huff back in BTCC with Toyota

Rob Huff back in BTCC with Toyota

BTCC
BTCC
Rob Huff back in BTCC with Toyota
Introducing the IndyCar junior race winner still too young to join GB3

Introducing the IndyCar junior race winner still too young to join GB3

National
National
Introducing the IndyCar junior race winner still too young to join GB3
Turkington gets new BMW engine for 2024 BTCC title attack

Turkington gets new BMW engine for 2024 BTCC title attack

BTCC
BTCC
Turkington gets new BMW engine for 2024 BTCC title attack
The top 10 Ferrari F1 rookies

The top 10 Ferrari F1 rookies

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Formula 1
Plus
Formula 1
The top 10 Ferrari F1 rookies
Why the BTCC isn't concerned by its smaller 2024 grid

Why the BTCC isn't concerned by its smaller 2024 grid

BTCC
BTCC
Why the BTCC isn't concerned by its smaller 2024 grid

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