Stephen Lickorish
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Stephen Lickorish

Stephen Lickorish is Group National Editor of Autosport and oversees coverage of the plethora of different club championships that operate in the UK. He was formerly Deputy Editor of Motorsport News and has reported on a wide variety of national race meetings for Autosport and MN since 2011. He currently focuses on the British Touring Car Championship's support categories, which always provide plenty to talk about. Stephen also holds a degree in journalism studies from the University of Sheffield.

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What to expect from the British GP support races

There’s more to the British Grand Prix than just Formula 1, here’s four other things not to miss in the bumper package that is the support categories

Fenwick flies up to fifth in Autosport National Driver Rankings

Mazda MX-5 ace Fraser Fenwick has stormed into the top five of Autosport's National Driver Rankings after taking an impressive hat-trick at Brands Hatch last weekend.

Legends aces leap up Autosport National Driver Rankings

Another week and it was another strong performance from Legends drivers as Will Gibson and Miles Rudman have now become Lucky Khera's closest rivals in Autosport's National Driver Rankings.

Hayward retakes second in Autosport National Driver Rankings

Clubmans racer Michelle Hayward has reclaimed second place in Autosport's National Driver Rankings, while a host of Legends drivers have marched up the leaderboard.

Driving the Fastest Minis in the World with a Le Mans winner

There are some seriously impressive Minis that compete in the annual Fastest Mini in the World Race, with everything from turbos to paddleshift gearboxes. Ahead of this year's event, due to be staged at the Brands Hatch Mini Festival on 6-7 August, Autosport roped in ex-Mini racer Nick Tandy to test them

Six Black wins takes Legends racer to second in Autosport National Driver Rankings

Autosport National Driver Rankings leader Lucky Khera may have added another two wins last weekend, but Stewart Black was the star of the show, taking an incredible six victories.

Should BTCC meetings have a greater variety of support classes?

OPINION: The BTCC meetings feature some of the largest trackside crowds around. But perhaps now is the time to reward them with an unusual series to add to the entertainment

Cockell muscles his way into fifth in Autosport National Driver Rankings

Modified Fords racer Dave Cockell has stormed up to fifth place in Autosport's National Driver Rankings after his latest two victories at Donington Park last weekend.

The near-misses that point to a concerning national racing problem

OPINION: The judgement of those in race control was once again called into question with two recent near-misses at Brands Hatch. How to address the problem in a productive fashion is a predicament

Hayward hares up to second in Autosport National Driver Rankings

Clubmans Sports Prototype racer Michelle Hayward has stormed into second place in the Autosport National Driver Rankings after taking three more class wins at Brands Hatch last weekend.

Verstappen: F1 Spanish GP Turn 4 error "really caught me by surprise"

Spanish Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen admits his Turn 4 error "really caught me by surprise" and says he was "lucky" to avoid damaging his Red Bull Formula 1 car.

How Lotus is gearing up for its eagerly-awaited motorsport return

It’s been over a decade since Lous last launched a car for motorsport. But with the new Emira GT4, co-developed with RML, it’s finally returning to where it “should be” and is already seeing plenty of interest from around the world ahead of a mooted competition debut in 2023

Khera adds to win tally, Hickton into second in Autosport National Driver Rankings

A win in the British Endurance Championship for Lucky Khera improved his total at the head of the Autosport National Driver Rankings, while behind youngster Harry Hickton has become his nearest challenger

BTCC Brands Hatch: BTC Racing's Cook storms to Race 1 win

BTC Honda driver Josh Cook claimed his first British Touring Car Championship win of 2022 after making two excellent passes into Paddock Hill Bend on a drying Brands Hatch track.

Appeal date set for British GT Oulton Park results hearing Silverstone 500
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Appeal date set for British GT Oulton Park results hearing

An appeal hearing into the result of British GT's second Oulton Park race will be heard on 17 May, after last weekend's Silverstone round was staged without success penalties.

Why an encouraging national racing trend could be misleading

OPINION: Despite rising inflation, many club categories have enjoyed strong grids to begin 2022. But it may be next year before the true impact of the surging prices is felt

What to expect from TOCA's new-look support series in 2022

The British Touring Car Championship gets underway at Donington Park this weekend, which also means that the five regular TOCA support series will also end their winter hiatus.

Hamilton's F1 title-winning cars to feature at Silverstone Classic

Lewis Hamilton's seven title-winning Formula 1 cars are set to be displayed together for the first time at this year's Silverstone Classic.

The low-cost tin-top ideal for beginners to get started in racing

There’s a multitude of tin-tops that you can go racing in but one of the cheapest to run is the MG ZR 160 used in Class C of the MG Trophy. Here’s what you need to know about it

Why it's too early to judge the success of Britain's single-seater revolution

OPINION: Not all of the changes to the UK’s junior single-seater scene for 2022 appear to have yielded instant success, but it’s too early to make any definitive judgements. What cannot be disputed is the very welcome increased spotlight on GB3 and British F4, plus the newly-created GB4 series that gets underway this weekend

The race against time facing UK single-seater racing's new era

A new era beckons for the UK’s junior single-seater hierarchy in 2022. The GB3 Championship and British Formula 4 both have new cars for this season, while newly created GB4 aims to offer a route into slicks and wings on a more cost-effective budget.

How Brexit has changed club racing

The B-word might have escaped everyday lexicon with new troubles dominating the news, but as club racing ramps up for a bumper 2022 the prospect of racing at Europe’s iconic tracks has returned to the spotlight. While the paperwork remains a sticking point, the appetite for continental competition is becoming clear in post-Brexit times

The new British GT pairing breaking down barriers

As Bobby Trundley and Aaron Morgan prepare to make the leap into British GT this season, they want to showcase how disabled drivers can compete on a level playing field

The circuit missing out on the National motorsport resurgence

A first UK club racing event in March for three years is set to kick-start the 2022 season this weekend, but there’s one exception to the general rule of increased meeting numbers

The national motorsport problem getting much-needed attention

OPINION: Poor driving standards is an issue that has cropped up regularly in recent years in national racing. Thankfully, the UK governing body is now taking encouraging action to address this

How to build the UK's unlikeliest race car

The Citroen 2CV is far from an obvious choice of racing machine but it has formed the basis of a popular one-make UK series for over three decades. Here's how to prepare the humble car for the track

How Porsche chose its next British junior star

The Porsche GB Junior programme has been enormously successful in recent years and one of the reasons why is its meticulous selection process. Autosport was invited to see how Adam Smalley emerged on top to earn potentially vital backing for his future career

Will the new Super Touring series live up to its name?

OPINION: The British Touring Car Championship's Super Touring era remains enormously popular and a new category for the machines that competed in its 1990 heyday organised by the Classic Touring Car Racing Club has attracted some star names. But that’s no guarantee of success, as its short-lived predecessor shows

Rating the new national series of 2021 and assessing 2022's startups

Last year was another season disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, but a number of new series were still successfully launched. Autosport discusses their fortunes and looks ahead to those starting in 2022

BTCC stars Turkington, Cleland and Reid to race in new Super Tourers series

Four-time British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington is set to join former BTCC stars John Cleland and Anthony Reid in the Classic Touring Car Racing Club’s new Super Tourers series.

How Jackson ended 2021 as the club racing king

Historic FF1600 ace Cameron Jackson made up for his 2020 disappointment in style to top Autosport's National Driver Rankings in 2021, despite not originally planning a full campaign. Here's how he did it

Five New Year’s resolutions for national motorsport

Two years ago, Autosport set some aims for national racing, but given how much has changed since then and what is still to come, it seemed the right time for five more going into 2022

Jackson tops final 2021 Autosport National Driver Rankings as Birley grabs third

Historic Formula Ford ace Cam Jackson has topped the final 2021 Autosport National Driver Rankings following the last circuit racing event of the year.

Why the UK's national racing clubs cannot take 2021 success for granted

Alongside a general increase in grid sizes, there were other interesting trends to emerge in the UK's national racing scene in 2021, but it’s important that organising clubs don’t take the positivity for granted

The data that underlines how club racing thrived during 2021

The pandemic led to huge uncertainty heading into the 2021 national racing season but, with two-thirds of all English categories enjoying an increase in average entries, it proved to be a successful year. Autosport looks over the UK's club scene to pick out those that enjoyed the greatest successes

New Racing Star scheme to offer two funded drives in British F4

FIA Single-Seater Commission president and former Formula 1 team boss Bob Fernley has launched a new initiative that will award two teenagers fully-funded drives in British F4 in 2023.

GT4 Supercup champion Smalley chosen as new Porsche GB Junior

Ginetta GT4 Supercup champion Adam Smalley has been selected as Porsche GB's Junior driver for 2022-23.

Birley storms into top six of Autosport National Driver Rankings

Veteran club racer Rod Birley has jumped up to sixth place in Autosport's National Driver Rankings after taking another two wins last weekend.

Top Ginetta Junior team R Racing to run GT4 Aston

Leading Ginetta Junior squad R Racing plans to expand into the British GT Championship’s GT4 class with Aston Martin next season.

How 2021's TOCA support titles were won Plus

How 2021's TOCA support titles were won

There were all the usual thrills and spills among the BTCC support series this year and plenty of impressive performances along the way. Autosport recaps how the five championships were won and ranks the top 10 drivers

Jackson keeps Autosport National Driver Rankings lead after vital class win

Cam Jackson maintained his lead in the Autosport National Driver Rankings after scoring a vital Walter Hayes Trophy class victory on a dramatic weekend in the battle for top spot.

The other finely-poised 2021 battle that could face a decisive swing Plus

The other finely-poised 2021 battle that could face a decisive swing

There’s just a handful of events remaining in the national racing season, but it’s still very much all to play for in the battle to secure the most wins in 2021. Cam Jackson and Miles Rudman currently heading the classification ahead of a potentially crucial weekend of national racing for Autosport’s National Driver Rankings

Cottingham and Jordan into top 50 of Autosport National Driver Rankings

James Cottingham and Andrew Jordan were the only movers inside the top 50 of Autosport's National Driver Rankings last weekend, as the battle for top spot reaches a crucial point.

Little jump for C1 winner to fifth in Autosport National Driver Rankings

James Little was the most notable mover in the Autosport National Driver Rankings after taking a C1 Challenge victory last weekend to make a small jump to fifth place.

Rees wins British F4 title with a race to spare

Single-seater rookie Matthew Rees has claimed the British Formula 4 title with a race to spare after taking a fifth place in the second contest at Brands Hatch.

The other title battles to be decided at Brands Hatch this weekend Plus

The other title battles to be decided at Brands Hatch this weekend

The finale of the British Touring Car Championship always provides plenty of drama, but its support series are also set to produce many twists and turns at this weekend's last round. Unusually, all five titles are still up for grabs, so it's all to play for at Brands Hatch. Here's how each series' showdown is shaping up

Short jumps to fifth in Autosport National Driver Rankings

Ben Short jumping to fifth was the only change inside the top 10 of Autosport's National Driver Rankings after last weekend, while there were numerous improvers further down the leaderboard.

Rudman closes to within a win of Autosport National Driver Rankings leader Jackson

Miles Rudman has closed to within just one win of Autosport National Driver Rankings leader Cam Jackson after his latest Legends triumph last weekend.

Finalists revealed for 2022-23 Porsche GB Junior shootout

The four finalists who will battle to be named as the 2022-23 Porsche GB Junior have been selected, including two drivers that have already claimed championships this year.

Cullen reclaims third in Autosport National Driver Rankings

Michael Cullen has struck back and retaken third place in Autosport's National Driver Rankings after completing his unbeaten campaign in the Irish Stryker series.

The real-life Jedi revival earning rave reviews in club racing Plus

The real-life Jedi revival earning rave reviews in club racing

The F1000 championship celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2021, and is going from strength-to-strength. While that hasn't always been the case, the series for lightweight Jedi cars has learned valuable lessons that are making it a force to be reckoned with

F2 squad Virtuosi latest new team to commit to British F4

Formula 2 squad Virtuosi Racing has become the third new team to announce it will enter British F4 next year, when the category undergoes a major overhaul.

Leaney leaps up to third in Autosport National Driver Rankings

Newly crowned F3 Cup champion Stefano Leaney was the main mover in the Autosport National Driver Rankings after last weekend, having taken another three wins.

Rudman closes on Jackson in Autosport National Driver Rankings battle

Miles Rudman narrowed Cam Jackson's lead at the top of Autosport's National Driver Rankings to just two wins after the Legends racer picked up a hat-trick of victories last weekend.

The questions posed by British F4's imminent shake-up Plus

The questions posed by British F4's imminent shake-up

It’s all change in British F4 next year with a different car, engine and promoter. But with the British motorsport governing body set to become a competitor to organising clubs, and a question mark over the external funding to replace the shortfall previously put in by Ford, a lot remains unclear

Cullen's latest strikes send him second in Autosport National Driver Rankings

Another two Irish Stryker victories not only helped Michael Cullen clinch the championship but have also moved him up to second in the Autosport National Driver Rankings.

Grindrod grabs fifth in Autosport National Driver Rankings after another double win

Nic Grindrod climbed 12 places to fifth in Autosport's National Driver Rankings after taking another CityCar Cup double victory last weekend.

Ten Le Mans winners among star-studded grid for Goodwood Revival Mini race

Ten winners of the Le Mans 24 Hours are among a star-studded entry list for the Mini Cooper race at next weekend's Goodwood Revival.

The 17 penalties that led to a bizarre timetable issue Plus

The 17 penalties that led to a bizarre timetable issue

OPINION: An unprecedented 17 alleged cases of gaining an advantage at Thruxton’s Club chicane in Ginetta Junior made for a set of truly baffling events, and poses further questions about the consistency of penalties in such situations

Cullen storms up to fifth in Autosport National Driver Rankings

A successful weekend for Michael Cullen, featuring class wins in two different countries, has propelled the Irishman to fifth in Autosport's National Driver Rankings.