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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.

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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

UK motorsport to remain behind closed-doors until May

Spectators will not be allowed into motorsport venues in the UK until at least the middle of May following the latest government guidelines on the easing of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.

W Series driver Eaton to race Praga in Britcar

W Series driver Abbie Eaton will contest this season's Britcar Endurance Championship at the wheel of a Praga R1 as part of the manufacturer's guest driver line-up.

Promoted: The motorsport gear you need for 2021

Finding out what equipment you need when starting out in motorsport can be a minefield. Stefan Mackley spoke to Grand Prix Racewear boss Anthony Cheshire to get some clarity

The club racing initiative that should be dropped post-COVID

Online scrutineering was a neat solution to minimise contact as club racing returned in 2020, but should it be left behind when the world returns to normal? STEFAN MACKLEY argues that in the interests of safety and transparency, it should be quietly dropped

Why UK national clubs must work together to survive

One of the more positive side effects of the COVID-19 pandemic is that many UK organising clubs have started to co-operate more closely, and that brings wide-ranging benefits as STEFAN MACKLEY explains

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

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

DRS: In defence of an unpopular F1 overtaking aid

The 2021 Formula 1 season will mark the 10th anniversary of the widely-criticised DRS overtaking aid, but STEFAN MACKLEY argues its greatest problem is down to the application by circuits rather than the device itself

MSV appeals for help after vehicles stolen from Cadwell Park

Leading UK circuit operator MotorSport Vision has appealed for help after a safety car and medical vehicle were stolen from Cadwell Park on Tuesday morning

The reboot behind the UK’s thriving single-seater category Plus

The reboot behind the UK’s thriving single-seater category

The long-standing British Formula 3 Championship ended in 2014, but the current MotorSport Vision-run F3 series has gone some way to filling the void. In striving to keep costs down, it's carved out a niche that it hopes will attract aspirational drivers

The UK series where F1's pioneers made their mark Plus

The UK series where F1's pioneers made their mark

Before the likes of Colin Chapman, Gordon Murray and Patrick Head became fixtures of the Formula 1 paddock, they all cut their teeth in the UK's now longest running championship - which is still going strong despite 2020's global pandemic

Red Bull Junior Hauger moves to Prema in FIA F3

Red Bull Junior Dennis Hauger will return to the FIA Formula 3 Championship in 2021 with double title-winning team Prema Racing

How Carlin's next American hope took the long road to glory Plus

How Carlin's next American hope took the long road to glory

A second crack at the BRDC British Formula 3 title yielded top prize for Kaylen Frederick, but the Carlin driver made life hard for himself in a year that threatened to yield a surprise outcome

Horner's Arden squad to join 2021 BRDC British F3 Championship

Junior single-seater powerhouse Arden Motorsport will join the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship next season, taking the total number of teams in the series to 10

Two-day FIA F3 test prize for 2021 British F3 champion

The BRDC British F3 Championship will award next year's champion with a two-day test in an FIA Formula 3 car to aid their climb up the motorsport ladder

Lanan Racing withdraws from British F3 as Elite joins category

Lanan Racing, which propelled Williams Formula 1 driver George Russell on his career, will end its involvement with the BRDC British F3 Championship having sold its cars to Elite Motorsport

Frederick claims British F3 title after dominant display at Silverstone

American Kaylen Frederick has claimed the BRDC British F3 Championship title in the final race of the season at Silverstone

Flagging up the wrong message in British F3

Errant chequered flags and safety-car boards in BRDC British F3 at Snetterton may seem like minor mistakes, but they could have a big impact when the title fight is so close, says STEFAN MACKLEY

The SEAT club racer putting Moss and Senna in the shade

Stirling Moss, Nigel Mansell and Ayrton Senna have all won races at the Castle Combe Circuit during its 70-year history, but one driver stands head and shoulders above them when it comes to outright victories at the venue. He spoke to STEFAN MACKLEY

How a nightmare weekend turned British F3 upside-down

A calamitous BRDC British F3 weekend for former table-topper Kaylen Frederick shows how quickly fortunes can change, underlining the importance of regularly scoring points, says STEFAN MACKLEY

Club racing with an ex-Formula 1 driver

The 116 Trophy is one of the UK's newest series and, despite a delayed start to its sophomore year, is already showing signs of flourishing - including getting an ex-Formula 1 driver behind the wheel

New British GT winners at Donington as rain affects national racing action

Two new winners claimed GT3 spoils on a gloomy day at Donington Park, as British GT introduced a new format of a two-hour race followed by a one-hour sprint

No spectators allowed for opening BTCC round following UK government decision

No spectators will be allowed into the first British Touring Car Championship meeting of the season this weekend at Donington Park following a decision by the UK government

The racing club changing the face of UK motorsport

MotorSport Vision Racing is one of the newest racing clubs in the UK, and under the guidance of Jonathan Palmer it has grown in only a decade and a half to become one of the most successful. STEFAN MACKLEY explores

How racing is adapting to a socially-distanced world

UK club racing finally resumed earlier this month in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown. But just how have things changed for the regular competitors taking part in their hobby, and what has become the new normal? STEFAN MACKLEY shares his experiences from Snetterton last weekend

Pagenaud credits "never give up" attitude for Iowa victory

Simon Pagenaud believes a "never give up" attitude by his Penske team played a crucial role in securing his and the team's first IndyCar win of the season at Iowa

The British GP2 race-winner returning from five years in the wilderness Plus

The British GP2 race-winner returning from five years in the wilderness

Instead of the platform for bigger things, winning the 2015 European Le Mans Series title turned into a dead-end for Britain's Jon Lancaster. Now he's back racing again and determined to make up for lost time in the category he conquered five years ago

The British talent whose rise won't be halted by COVID

The coronavirus pandemic has put Johnathan Hoggard's 2020 plans on hold, but the latest winner of the Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award is ready to pick up where he left off in a successful 2019 campaign, says STEFAN MACKLEY

Motorsport UK-sanctioned rally events given green light to return

Motorsport UK has announced that sanctioned rally events will once again be able take place following the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown

The day Schumacher ended Ferrari's 21-year wait for F1 glory

In the latest in Autosport's 'My Favourite Race' series, STEFAN MACKLEY remembers the day Michael Schumacher brought a 21-year barren spell for Ferrari to an end at the 2000 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix

MSV venues to open race meetings to spectators from 11 July

MotorSport Vision has announced it will allow spectators to attend race meetings from as early as next weekend following the resumption of on-track racing

Norris: No major advantage for F1 drivers who took part in sim races

Lando Norris does not expect a "night and day" difference between Formula 1 drivers who have and have not done sim racing across the enforced coronavirus break once track action resumes