Sean Walkinshaw Autobacs Racing Team Aguri

Sean Walkinshaw Autobacs Racing Team Aguri

Sean Walkinshaw, the youngest member of the world-famous Walkinshaw motorsport dynasty, remains in the hugely prestigious Super GT Championship in the Far East for the 2018 motor racing season...with an eye on winning the GT300 title!

Staying with Aguri Suzuki’s Autobacs Racing Team Aguri for his sophomore year in Super GT, the Oxfordshire based driver is once again sharing the GT300 class BMW M6 GT3 with Japanese legend Shinichi Takagi.

Claiming a maiden victory in his first Super GT campaign last year, Walkinshaw and Takagi also secured two other podium finishes on their way to fourth in the GT300 championship standings – tied on points for third place.

Walkinshaw first made the transition from single-seater racing to full-time sportscar competition in 2015 with a move into the Blancpain GT Series. Initially racing a Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 as part of the JRM Driver Development Programme, he became a NISMO Athlete for 2016 and graduated into the ‘works’ Nissan GT Academy Team RJN squad.

Heading to Japan in 2017 for a move into the world-renowned Super GT Championship with ARTA, the Briton quickly made a strong impression and impressed throughout his debut year in the ultra-competitive category.

Born in Brussels in 1993 and raised in Oxfordshire, where he still resides, he grew up on the international motor racing scene with exposure to saloon cars and sport prototypes, including Formula 1, through the renowned work of his late father, the legendary Tom Walkinshaw.

Making his competitive bow in 2011 in the UK-based Protyre Formula Renault Championship, Walkinshaw Jnr made good progress and also raced in the Formula Renault Northern European Cup (NEC) at Zandvoort in The Netherlands.

Participating in the FIA Formula One World Championship’s inaugural Indian Grand Prix weekend by racing in the Formula MRF Championship support category, he then returned to Britain for the Formula Renault UK ‘Finals Series’ where he finished fourth overall and achieved his maiden podium.

Dovetailing Formula Renault with a part season in the InterSteps Championship in 2012, where he was a multiple podium finisher, Walkinshaw also raced in the Formula BMW Asia Series before making an outstanding Formula 3 debut in the MSV F3 Cup where he took a double win at Anglesey.

Graduating full-time into F3 the following year in the Copa Class of the European F3 Open, he raced to a pair of podium finishes and then stepped-up into the main championship for 2014 where he was a consistent front-runner.

After making the move to endurance racing for 2015 in Blancpain, Walkinshaw went on to claim a fabulous class podium in the end-of-year Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi at the wheel of a Ferrari 458.

As well as following in his father Tom’s wheeltracks as a racer, Sean is also a team owner like Walkinshaw Snr having established SWR at the end of 2012 to run a three-car entry in the BRDC Formula 4 Championship, which latterly became the BRDC Formula 3 Championship.

In 2017 the team expanded into GT4 endurance racing in Europe and for the 2018 season SWR will also debut in the brand new TCR UK Championship, returning the Walkinshaw name to touring car competition in Britain for the first time since TWR’s heyday in the legendary ‘Super Touring’ era.

Sean was born to be a racer, it’s in the Walkinshaw blood...

Nationality

Scottish

Date of Birth

03/11/1993

Birthplace

Brussels, Belgium

Hometown

Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

Occupation

Racing Driver
Qualified ARDS Instructor
Driver Coach
Owner of Sean Walkinshaw Racing

Hobbies

Alpine Skiing
Flying
Fitness
Rugby