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Morson is delighted to add racing driver Gavin Johnson to our impressive list of sporting talent. We spoke to Gavin to find out more about him.
“I’ve always loved cars, and I’m competitive.”
Morson contractor Gavin Johnson has a long history with the company and a long history in track racing. Now plying his trade as Project Manager with Network Rail working on a multimillion pound signalling contract at Liverpool Lime Street, Gavin balances his working life with his main passion.
Gavin originally worked for Morson as a resource manager for blue collar rail, working under our current Group HSQE director Gareth Morris. It was during these years, with help from Morson, that he further developed his enthusiasm for racing, a manifestation of a competitive edge he’d developed in other sports.
“I played a lot of football. I actually played for the Railways Great Britain team, a sort of semi-professional team representing British railways. Ged Mason even gave me a bit of time off to travel Europe with them. We beat the Germans!”
Morson also had a hand in helping out with his track exploits, which began in his early years going to races with his father.
“Ged Mason was sponsoring me racing karts in my mid-twenties, where I won the novice gold cup. Then funding became a bit of an issue for me, coupled with having a young family, so I had to leave it for a little while.”
Gavin returned to the sport about four years ago racing a Fiesta XR2. This ended up developing into racing a Porsche and he won a race in his first season. In his second season, he won the national championship and set a few lap records in the process.”
“Me and a friend bought the Porsche together and we shared it for a while before doing individual seasons. We did quite well and attracted a number of sponsors, which helped things financially.”
On the back of this success, Gavin now has the opportunity to race at a higher level in a more powerful car with a view to going higher up the motorsport ranks. One of these ways is through the Wrexham Glyndwr University engineering students (TWP Racing) that is run by the students themselves under the watchful eye of management team John and Will Earp.
“I’m racing a British-made Lotus Elise in 2019. It’s great because we have the engineering students running the car for me. It’s great that they can be involved.”
Inspiring the next generation of engineers is something that’s important to Gavin, and having the University involved is part of the way to achieving this. His own children are also inspired by their fathers’ pursuits.
“The children are really invested. I race probably once a month and the whole family go, along with my father who first took me to watch when I was young. We’ve also had primary school students turn up to watch through sponsor deals and they love it. It’s great to give something back to the youth of today.”
Having raced in the Race of Remembrance, Gareth also regularly contributes to Porsche magazines and it’s clear his career in the sport is going from strength to strength. From his early days of karting to the next stages of his journey, we’re behind Gavin in wishing him all the success in his career, both on the rail and the tracks. That's why we're joining forces with TWP Racing, PDC Racing, Gavin and Pip Hammond for the 2019 Motorsport Season. The group will race in a national endurance championship at iconic racetracks such as Silverstone and Brands Hatch and travel out to the iconic Spa- Francorchamps circuit in Belgium as part of the competition.