Stefan Mackley

Stefan Mackley

A proud Yorkshireman, Stefan Mackley is Autosport's National Deputy Editor. Having graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a degree in sports journalism he spent nearly four years working on local newspapers in Wiltshire - during which time he became an NQJ-qualified journalist and cut his teeth covering club racing at Castle Combe in his spare time.

Making the jump into motorsport journalism full-time, he joined the national desk for both Autosport magazine and Motorsport News in 2017 before becoming National Deputy Editor for the former in 2020.

His passion for motorsport stems from watching Formula 1 as a child with his father and is matched only by his love for Star Wars.

A better journalist than racing driver, he has so far competed in the Citroen C1 24 Hours and 116 Trophy with hopes of racing more machinery in 2021 and beyond.

Latest articles by Stefan Mackley


How Browning saw off GB3's Super Swede in a season of respect

A move into the GB3 Championship for 2022 put all eyes on 2020 British F4 champion Luke Browning. On his return to competition in the UK, following a season in German F4, the Hitech GP driver lived up to expectations to see off the challenge of rising Swedish star Joel Granfors

BTCC greats rate a reimagined Super Saloons tussle

Steve Soper and Robb Gravett are two British Touring Car Championship legends who aren’t shy in reliving memories of glory days in creative ways. That’s how the new set from Scalextric – Super Saloons made for a perfect fantasy mini battle

The Top Gear experiment that UK national racing needs to embrace

The latest episode of Top Gear highlighted an important concept around giving untapped talent from underprivileged backgrounds a chance in motorsport. And UK national racing would do well to follow the TV programme's example

How a Pro mindset finally secured a British GT Am an overdue title

After coming close in the past, RAM Racing's Ian Loggie finally claimed the British GT3 title having left no stone unturned in his quest, which included more than 80 races during the course of the season. Autosport reviews the GT3 and GT4 classes of 2022, and picks out the year's best drivers

How a repeat of Spa's F1 2021 farce blighted a national racing treasure

OPINION: No organisers can change the weather, but much can be done in anticipation of what is forecast – and that didn’t happen last Sunday as the 2022 Formula Ford Festival was declared after just two laps. Competitors are seeking answers to make sure the situation doesn't happen again

Ex-F1 driver Moreno to return to Formula Ford Festival in modern car

Ex-Formula 1 driver Roberto Moreno will once again return to the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch this weekend, but at the wheel of modern machinery.

Loggie seals British GT3 title despite spin

Ian Loggie has claimed the 2022 British GT3 title after finishing second in the final race of the season at Donington Park despite a spin.

Browning bags 2022 GB3 title as Taylor secures GB4 crown

Hitech GP’s Luke Browning has provisionally claimed the 2022 GB3 Championship after finishing second in a thrilling damp to dry race at Donington Park.

The titles at stake and what remains to play for at Donington Park

The final rounds of British GT, GB3 and GB4 take place this weekend, with championships up for grabs in all of them. Here's how each title picture looks and what to watch out for at Donington Park

Autosport tries out the 750MC's Ma7da Championship

Thrown in at the deep end, Autosport tried to get to grips with the Ma7da Championship - one of the 750 Motor Club's newest and fastest-growing series. Here's what we discovered about a competitive but friendly category

The unnecessary race against time that almost blighted a top national series

OPINION: After an almost seven-week wait, the results from British GT's Spa round were finally confirmed on the eve of its latest round at Brands Hatch. The last-minute UK National Court decision was welcomed for staving off a potentially awkward situation, but could and should have been avoided

Fox Motorsports' British GT Spa win upheld by UK National Court

Fox Motorsports’ appeal following victory at the British GT round at Spa-Francorchamps has been upheld by the UK’s National Court, meaning Nick Halstead and Jamie Stanley keep their win.

Sims returns to British GT with Century Motorsport

Ex-Formula E driver Alexander Sims will make a return to the British GT Championship for the final two rounds of the season.

The Thruxton karting event raising funds for a good cause

The great and the good of motorsport were out in force at Thruxton last Thursday for the second running of the Racing4Charity karting event, all with the purpose of raising funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Review: Bubba Wallace Netflix documentary

Recently-released Netflix documentary Race: Bubba Wallace covers the NASCAR Cup driver's mission to make a difference for the better and the personal toll it has taken.

The endurance club series attracting pros and amateurs

OPINION: EnduroKa recently held its maiden 24-hour race at Anglesey in North Wales, and Autosport was on the grid for an unforgettable experience of sun, rain - and spins. Here's the inside view of an event that attracted amateurs and professionals alike, joined by a shared passion for motorsport at its purest and most affordable

Why a far-flung track is a literal hidden gem of British motorsport

OPINION: Despite its remote location, the Anglesey Circuit’s stunning scenery and driving challenge make it a must-visit, as this writer discovered while competing in the inaugural 24-hour EnduroKa race

How a national tin-top series managed a successful reboot

OPINION: It’s taken TCR UK four years to find its feet and given its organiser plenty of sleep-troubled nights. But, with 25 cars for its season opener at Oulton Park, the series is finally heading in the right direction

How national series for teenagers are thriving

Junior series in UK motorsport have been thriving and attracting young drivers in ever greater numbers. Here's why with a look at three key series leading the way

WRC legend Walter Rohrl makes music video cameo

Many things spring to mind when you think of Walter Rohrl. A man who won the World Rally Championship on two occasions – in 1980 and 1982. A driver who tamed the fearsome Lancia 037 and Audi Sport Quattro S1 during the popular Group B era of rallying. And, for a while, the record holder of the fastest time up the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

A bright new start as GB3 raises its game

A healthy grid and a new, quicker car make for a promising season in the UK’s premier junior single-seater series, which gets underway this weekend at Oulton Park.

The promise of the UK's newest junior single-seater series

The GB4 Championship, billed as a cost-effective means of going racing in single-seaters, attracted 12 entries for its opening round at Snetterton last weekend. Although an encouraging start, numbers will need to increase to ensure its long-term future

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.

Marshal's Brands Hatch death ruled an accident

The death of marshal Robert Foote at Brands Hatch last year has been ruled an accident by a coroner’s inquest.

The scholarship nurturing young American talents in the UK

IndyCar champions Jimmy Vasser and Josef Newgarden are just two of the star graduates from the Team USA Scholarship over the past three decades. The scheme allows talented young Americans the chance to experience the UK racing scene and is still helping to boost fledgling careers today

Simmons joins Charouz for FIA F3 campaign

Former Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Award finalist Ayrton Simmons will move into the FIA Formula 3 Championship full-time this season with Charouz Racing System.

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

How Stewart's latest mission underlines motorsport's power for good

OPINION: Sir Jackie Stewart is on a crusade to find a cure for dementia and his new Classic event in Scotland is just one example of how motorsport can be a force for good

Why Britcar's new status reveals an encouraging future

The Britcar brand has grown steadily over the past few years, and is making a significant step forward for the 2022 season after being granted national status by Motorsport UK

The Clio revamp that will boost a hidden club racing gem

A new era for club Clio racing begins in 2022, as the 750 Motor Club's renamed Clio Sport Championship introduces a newer model of car. Autosport got to drive it last November, and was encouraged by its performance - which could breathe new life into one of the club's mainstay series

Track testing an outgoing stalwart of British motorsport Plus

Track testing an outgoing stalwart of British motorsport

The current GB3 Championship car is due to be replaced next season. Autosport got behind the wheel to discover why it's been a popular machine for drivers making their way up the junior single-seater ladder

How rocket O'Sullivan banished painful memories with GB3 glory Plus

How rocket O'Sullivan banished painful memories with GB3 glory

After missing out on the 2020 British F4 title in astonishing fashion, Zak O'Sullivan was determined to earn his first car racing title stepping up to the BRDC British F3 championship. While the series underwent a mid-year name change to GB3, the Carlin driver was imperious throughout and deservedly claimed the title in his rookie year

Have a go hero: An ex-F1 racer’s ‘three-hour bar fight’ in NASCAR

There aren't many drivers that after reaching Formula 1 have tried their hand at NASCAR. But Jan Magnussen recalls his one-off outing at Sonoma in 2010 as one of the best of his long career

How 50th anniversary Festival reminded the world of its charm Plus

How 50th anniversary Festival reminded the world of its charm

Big names were back on track and in the grandstand for the 50th Formula Ford Festival last weekend, which served to remind the world of the knockout contest's enduring appeal - even if it is unlikely to return to its former status as a must-win event on the single-seater ladder

Sharp wins 50th Formula Ford Festival after chaotic final

Ex-British Formula 4 driver Jamie Sharp took victory in the 50th edition of the Formula Ford Festival, as his main rivals fell by the wayside in a typically chaotic final.

The key early victory that could challenge UK junior racing's hegemony Plus

The key early victory that could challenge UK junior racing's hegemony

The decision to allow 15-year-olds to race in MSV's new low-cost GB4 championship in 2022 poses a challenge to the position of British F4 - previously the only UK-based series where drivers below the age of 16 could compete. Whether the two can co-exist is the next pertinent question...

Autosport Podcast: Formula Ford Festival at 50 - Why you should go this weekend

The iconic Formula Ford Festival has been a crucial stage in the careers of many future Formula 1 stars, including the likes of Damon Hill, David Coulthard and Jenson Button.

O'Sullivan secures GB3 title with victory at Donington

Zak O'Sullivan has claimed the 2021 GB3 Championship crown after taking his sixth win of the year on the final weekend of the season at Donington Park.

The restorer keeping a land-speed record-holder's memory alive Plus

The restorer keeping a land-speed record-holder's memory alive

From a famous land-speed special to an Indianapolis 500 frontrunner, restorer and racer Geraint Owen has a fascination for making old machines work

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.

Long Beach IndyCar: Newgarden takes pole as points leader Palou starts 10th

Josef Newgarden took pole for the IndyCar season finale in Long Beach, while championship rivals Alex Palou and Pato O’Ward will start 10th and eighth respectively.

Hitech GP to expand into British F4 in 2022

Single-seater powerhouse Hitech GP has announced that it will compete in the British Formula 4 Championship for the first time next year.

New entry-level GB4 Championship to be launched in 2022

A new single-seater series, the GB4 Championship, is set to be launched in the UK next year aimed as an entry-level category for young drivers.

GB3 announces new car for 2022 featuring halo and side air-intake

The newly-rebranded GB3 Championship will introduce a new car next year which will feature a halo, engine upgrade and a side air-intake.

Lundgaard eyes potential IndyCar future, attracted by unpredictability

Formula 2 race winner Christian Lundgaard believes IndyCar could be a long-term career option for him ahead of his series debut this weekend, citing its unpredictability as an appealing factor.

The uncertainty and opportunity of British F3's enforced identity change Plus

The uncertainty and opportunity of British F3's enforced identity change

OPINION: It was inevitable that British F3 would need a new identity someday amid the FIA’s stance on series outside its remit using the ‘F3’ branding. But while its mid-season switch to the GB3 moniker was met with some surprise, many championship insiders are adamant that nothing will change

Ginetta team boss offers thanks after Snetterton fire

Ginetta GT5 Challenge team boss Alastair Rushforth has thanked marshals and the fire brigade for their actions putting out a blaze in the team’s awning last weekend at Snetterton.

The new data tool helping drivers to improve

Data loggers have historically been used to improve car performance and are used by coaches to explain how drivers can improve. But a new device introduced by GPS company Garmin aims to be an accessible driver training tool in its own right

British F3 forced into name change after FIA decision

The BRDC British F3 Championship has been rebranded as the GB3 Championship following a decision by the FIA which will come into effect immediately.

Fundraising page launched after marshal death at Brands Hatch

A fundraising page has been set up to "raise money for the family and friends" of a marshal who died in a crash at Brands Hatch on Saturday.

Marshal dies after crash at Brands Hatch

A marshal has died following a crash at a British Automobile Racing Club meeting at Brands Hatch on Saturday.

The one-off backmarker brought back to life after half a century Plus

The one-off backmarker brought back to life after half a century

The unique McKee-Chevrolet Mahrya achieved very limited success in period. But over half a century after it was shuttered, it has completed a 17-year restoration and is once again turning heads on the track

The rule switch national racing organisers should consider

OPINION: Caution periods around the pit window of national endurance races have led to pandemonium in the pitlane. In the interests of safety, and of good competition, it’s surely time for a rethink

Why only title success will do for British F3's returning favourite

Exciting rookies and new teams promise to make the 2021 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship an intriguing prospect, but a returning face is the likely favourite for the title.

The Caterham king on a mission to conquer one-make national racing Plus

The Caterham king on a mission to conquer one-make national racing

Danny Winstanley has dominated in Caterhams for several years, firstly as a driver and more recently as a team owner. Now he has more ambitions on the horizon

How 'museum pieces' caused a stir in Donington Historic

OPINION: The return of Donington's Historic Festival last weekend after a year's absence showcased the very best of motorsport’s heritage – something that needs to be protected

The 'tonka toy' series returning from a year-long hibernation

The Pickup Truck Racing Championship returns this weekend after a one-year COVID-enforced hiatus. Despite its basic architecture remaining the same since its 1997 formation, the series has a popular following based on the cars' simplicity

Tributes paid to popular Toyota MR2 driver Nicholls

Tributes have been paid to Toyota MR2 Championship stalwart Mick Nicholls, who died suddenly last week of a suspected heart attack during testing at Cadwell Park.

Why the ongoing club motorsport spectating ban makes little sense

OPINION: A big step towards normality was welcomed this week with the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, but motorsport fans and circuit operators have been left frustrated by some of the contradictory lingering rules

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