Stephen Lickorish

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.

Latest articles by Stephen Lickorish


Penske to be celebrated at Goodwood Festival of Speed

American motorsport legend Roger Penske is set to return to Goodwood for the first time in nearly 60 years this summer with a planned appearance at the Festival of Speed.

How the GT Cup is thriving despite the pandemic Plus

How the GT Cup is thriving despite the pandemic

The GT Cup has attracted a stunning array of drivers and machinery for its opening event at Donington Park this weekend. The fact we're in the middle of a pandemic makes that entry all the more remarkable, but there's plenty of reasons why the series is proving popular

Organisers report strong interest as English racing season begins

Club racing organisers have reported strong levels of interest resulting in some bumper grids as the delayed English motorsport season got under way last weekend.

How Welsh motorsport is being left behind by COVID

Motorsport is now under way in England, but that’s far from being the case across all of the UK. In Wales, the situation is particularly bleak for Anglesey and Pembrey, and there's no end in sight just yet

King and Webster to compete in Porsche Supercup with Team Parker

Porsche Carrera Cup GB champions Harry King and Josh Webster will race for Team Parker as the squad moves into the Porsche Supercup this season in partnership with Revs Motorsport.

Cammish secures Carrera Cup return after BTCC exit

Double Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion Dan Cammish will return to the series this year after losing his drive with British Touring Car Championship outfit Team Dynamics.

Why club racing's restart dilemma isn't clear cut

OPINION: We've not got long to wait now until lockdown restrictions are eased and national motorsport can resume, but there are still issues that clubs have to overcome. STEPHEN LICKORISH says matters won't be as simple as hitting 'go' again

The national racer spreading a very important message

Mental health has never been more significant than during the current coronavirus pandemic and one Ginetta driver has been using his racing to encourage more people to talk about it

Why a British prospect is trying to make it in NASCAR Plus

Why a British prospect is trying to make it in NASCAR

There has never been a full-time British driver in the NASCAR Cup. But Alex Sedgwick, who is rising through the stock car ranks, wants that to change and could be a trailblazer for European talents to reach the top echelons of the NASCAR ladder

Goodwood Members' Meeting postponed from May to October

The Goodwood Members' Meeting has been postponed from its planned May date to October in the wake of the English government's roadmap out of lockdown measures

Club motorsport to restart in England from 29 March as roadmap released

Club motorsport in England will be able to restart from the end of March, after the government outlined its planned roadmap for the easing of lockdown measures

UK circuit operators ineligible for government's winter sport survival funding

Leading UK circuit operators have revealed they have not been eligible to secure proposed funding from the government through its winter sport survival package

The encouraging club racing trend taking off amid a pandemic

One of the encouraging club motorsport trends in the past few years has been the increasing livestreaming of race meetings. As STEPHEN LICKORISH explains, this brings a number of benefits

How 2020's newest national series and championships fared Plus

How 2020's newest national series and championships fared

To the credit of organisers, some new national UK series and championships were still able to successfully launch last year, even with the world in the grip of a pandemic. Here's how Autosport has ranked them

The new national series and championships in 2021 Plus

The new national series and championships in 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic may still mean there is uncertainty across the globe, but that hasn't stopped new series and championships from being introduced into UK motorsport this season. Autosport takes a look at the newest additions

Carroll and Webb to compete in GT4 McLarens in GT Cup with Greystone GT

Endurance racing regulars Adam Carroll and Oliver Webb will both compete in GT4 McLarens in the GT Cup in the UK this year for the new Greystone GT squad

The verdict on how COVID impacted club racing in 2020 Plus

The verdict on how COVID impacted club racing in 2020

It was a season like no other but, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were some positives on the club motorsport scene last year as entry numbers largely remained stable, while some series boasted impressive growth

Esports racer Broadbent to drive Praga in Britcar this year

Esports and YouTube star Jimmy Broadbent will make the move into real-world racing by driving a Praga in the Britcar Endurance Championship in the UK this year

How a Porsche King became 2020's breakout star Plus

How a Porsche King became 2020's breakout star

Few drivers in 2020 could lay claim to a season as exceptional as Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion Harry King. Beating the British Touring Car Championship's best to win Autosport's National Driver of the Year was the ideal recognition of his feat

Pearson puts F4 graduation on hold after cancer diagnosis

Ginetta Junior racer Joel Pearson has been forced to delay a planned graduation to British Formula 4 for this year after being recently diagnosed with bone cancer

The Formula Vee maverick who has reached the top Plus

The Formula Vee maverick who has reached the top

For a second consecutive year, a self-built machine has won the Formula Vee championship. But James Harridge's 'Maverick' comes from the very humblest of origins - with some parts even salvaged from a skip

Why national racing delays are a small price to pay

OPINION: The delays to the 2021 national motorsport season resulting from the latest COVID peak is a wrench after a winter of necessary isolation, but waiting a little bit longer could have multiple positive benefits, as STEPHEN LICKORISH explains

Praga reveals new R1 car set to form basis of Britcar class

Czech sportscar manufacturer Praga has revealed the latest generation of its R1 model - the car that will form the basis of a class within the Britcar Endurance Championship this year

British F4 to introduce fully reversed-grid races in 2021

British Formula 4 will introduce a fully reversed-grid contest as part of its race weekends for this season - the first major format change for the series since its inaugural season

Motorsport UK explains post-Brexit process for European transport

British motorsport governing body Motorsport UK has outlined the fees and process involved in transporting cars and equipment to Europe following the end of the Brexit transition period

Renault Sport Racing won't revive Clio Cup UK in 2021

Renault Sport Racing has decided there will be no Clio Cup in the UK next year - the latest development in a two-year on/off saga for the category

Sutton to defend BTCC title with new Laser Tools-Team Hard alliance

Reigning British Touring Car champion Ash Sutton will remain at the Laser Tools Racing Infiniti squad for 2021 as part of an expanded three-car line-up.

Autosport's stars of the 2020 TOCA support series Plus

Autosport's stars of the 2020 TOCA support series

From a memorable final race showdown decided by a controversial red flag to a runaway champion, the TOCA support series produced drama and intrigue aplenty in 2020. Here's Autosport's rundown of how the titles were won, and the 10 best drivers

The lessons club racing can learn from 2020

In a challenging year for club motorsport disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, some bright spots have given hope for the future. But as STEPHEN LICKORISH explains, heeding some important lessons wouldn't go amiss when the world returns to normal again

National Driver Rankings: Prebble snatches top spot in final standings

Gary Prebble has snatched top spot in Autosport's National Driver Rankings after the final weekend of UK circuit racing in 2020

Adam and Howard reunite for full British GT campaign

British GT champions Jonny Adam and Andrew Howard will reunite next season for a first full campaign together in the series since 2015

Why there's a light at the end of the tunnel for national racing

There's still a lot of uncertainty ahead but, with the prospect of 2021 being a more 'normal' year and some unexpected positives emerging, optimism is starting to return to the national motorsport scene, says STEPHEN LICKORISH

Leading UK circuits get share of £6m government funding

Operators of leading UK circuits will receive a share of £6million of government funding to overcome the loss of spectator revenues

National Driver Rankings: Wins lift Porsche ace King to fourth

Porsche Carrera Cup GB star Harry King has moved into fourth place in Autosport's National Driver Rankings after grabbing another two victories at Brands Hatch

Browning takes British F4 title in dramatic Brands finale

Luke Browning was crowned British Formula 4 champion in dramatic circumstances at Brands Hatch as a heavy rain shower led to the final race being stopped after less than half-distance

National Driver Rankings: Frederick enters top 10 after British F3 success

There may have only been one UK race meeting last weekend, but there was still a change in the top 10 of Autosport's National Driver Rankings

The BTCC support battles going down to the wire

While this weekend is set to feature some enthralling championship battles among the British Touring Car supports, including British F4, Mini Challenge and Ginetta Junior, recent events on and off the track show what really matters

Formula Ford driver Turner has legs amputated after Walter Hayes crash

Scottish Formula Ford driver Colin Turner has had both of his legs amputated after a crash in last weekend's Walter Hayes Trophy event at Silverstone

National Driver Rankings: FF1600 champion Maclennan into top 10

Newly-crowned National Formula Ford 1600 champion Neil Maclennan has surged into the top 10 of Autosport's National Driver Rankings after last weekend's Walter Hayes Trophy

Motorsport UK suspends non-elite events, British GT still on

Club-level motorsport has been suspended in England for the second time this year in the wake of the latest coronavirus lockdown, but the British GT finale will still go ahead

The wrong kind of bafflement and surprise in UK motorsport Plus

The wrong kind of bafflement and surprise in UK motorsport

You can always rely on national motorsport to be unpredictable but some occurrences in recent weeks have been bewildering - and not in a good way, says STEPHEN LICKORISH

National Driver Rankings: Jackson takes top spot from Prebble

Cam Jackson may have missed out on taking a third successive Historic Formula Ford title in a third different car, but he does now lead Autosport's National Driver Rankings

Autosport National Driver Rankings: Prebble retakes lead from Clutton

Marcus Clutton's spell at the top of the Autosport National Driver Rankings was only a very brief one as Gary Prebble has now reclaimed the lead

The BTCC debutant who has waited 20 years for his chance Plus

The BTCC debutant who has waited 20 years for his chance

Few British Touring Car Championship rookies have as much racing experience as Paul Rivett. But, after spending two decades in the support categories, he is finally set to move up to the top tier at Snetterton this weekend

Autosport National Driver Rankings: Clutton takes top spot from Prebble

Gary Prebble's three-week stint at the head of Autosport's National Driver Rankings has come to an end after Marcus Clutton secured a 12th triumph of the season last weekend

Autosport National Driver Rankings: Clutton jumps into second place

The battle at the top of Autosport's National Driver Rankings has got even closer with a new second-placed driver after last weekend's action

The uncertainties continue in national motorsport

A bumper entry for the Classic Sports Car Club last weekend shows interest in national racing remains high, but next year's picture - especially in Wales - is far less clear

Autosport National Driver Rankings: King surges into top eight

While the top seven of Autosport's National Driver Rankings have remained the same after last weekend's racing, there have been plenty of changes among the next seven places

Autosport National Driver Rankings: Prebble becomes new standings leader

Last weekend proved to be a very significant two days of racing for the Autosport National Driver Rankings as two wins for Gary Prebble means he is the new leader

Why national driving standards are slipping again

Formula 1 wasn't alone in featuring poor driving last weekend, as a host of UK categories have faced the same problem recently. And another failure to ban a driver sends completely the wrong message, says STEPHEN LICKORISH

Autosport National Driver Rankings: Senior and Clutton make big gains

Eight UK club racing events held last weekend have had a significant impact on Autosport's National Driver Rankings, although the top three remain unchanged

The battle to get racing restarted in Wales Plus

The battle to get racing restarted in Wales

National motorsport is back in full swing in England, with Scotland following soon. But Wales is still yet to return from the COVID-19 enforced hiatus. If Welsh motorsport is to avoid further damage, the government has to give the go-ahead soon

Revolution Trophy gets Portuguese F1 GP support race slot

The Revolution Trophy class of the Sports Prototype Cup has secured a support slot at the Portuguese Grand Prix, appearing alongside Formula 1 for the event at the Algarve Circuit

How TOCA support series are continuing to thrive

Two back-to-back meetings for the TOCA supports have now taken place - both behind closed-doors. Despite a number of procedural changes and condensed calendar, series and drivers are adapting, and the on-track action is as good as ever says STEPHEN LICKORISH

Mini Miglias shine during weekend of national racing

TOCA supports were back in action over the weekend at Brands Hatch, with the Mini Miglias proving to be the stars of the show during a weekend of enthralling national racing

2013 BTCC champion Jordan takes win as he races in support series

2013 British Touring Car champion Andrew Jordan made a winning return to a BTCC event at Brands Hatch last weekend, racing a Mini Miglia in one of the support categories

Villeneuve's Feed school explains British F4 prize drive winner's absence

The co-founder of the Feed Racing school has explained why Marijn Kremers hasn't taken up his prize drive in British Formula 4 this season, much to the ire of Carlin

The popular 50-year-old series joining the BTCC bill this weekend

Since it was introduced 50 years ago, the Mini Miglia series has continued to grow due to its close racing and low costs. This weekend the popular series will be shown to a wider audience as part of the British Touring Car Championship's support bill, as STEPHEN LICKORISH finds out

When Formula 1 meets Caterham racing

The two categories may seem poles apart but, for Mercedes AMG HPP engineer and Caterham 310R racer James Wingfield, the same approach can be applied to both, as STEPHEN LICKORISH discovers

New Renault Clio Cup UK championship delayed to 2021

Renault Sport Racing has decided to postpone the introduction of its new Clio Cup UK championship until 2021