Racing Career

Stephen Markey was introduced to racing at a very early age (seen here aged three years in his father’s Couper Maserati). 

Both his father, John Markey and his mother, Wendy Markey (now Amey) were racing drivers in the 1960s and 1970s. For further details of  John Markey’s race career please click here.  For further details of Wendy Markey’s race career please click here.

Stephen began his racing career in 1988 in a BMW 2002tii in the BMW Car Club Championship.  He won the championship and moved into Formula Ford in 1989.  The Formula E Championship was for older cars. He got several 2nd and 3rd places throughout the season but the win always eluded him. 

Stephen moved into National Formula Ford in 1990 but with an older car and no budget it was difficult to compete against the works teams.  However, he always finished in the top 10 and got noticed by Mike Baker running the works Swift Team and was offered a subsidised drive in 1991.   Some good results followed but a crash at Brands Hatch wiped out the budget.

 

In 1992 Stephen was sponsored by Colborne Garage in the VW Polo G40 Cup, a very competitive one make championship.  He came 4th in his first race at Brands Hatch.  Always in the top six or seven but the win never came.

Stephen did not race between 1993 to 1999 due to lack of funds.

In September 1999 he hired a Radical Club Sport for two races at Spa Francorchamps.  A very competitive one make championship. Stephen finished 4th in Race 1 and won Race 2 with a new lap record.

In 2000, Stephen teamed up with David Knox, (who he had formerly coached at Ferrari) to compete in the two driver long distance Radical Pro Sport Championship.  They had several 2nd and 3rd places throughout the season, leading many races.  The partnership continued when David bought a Chevron B8 BMW.  They shared the car in the Historic Spa Six Hours and won the race by 4 laps.

Stephen did not race again until 2006.  He prepared two BMW 320i’s to hire out for the Production BMW Championship.  Occasionally racing the cars himself and winning.

 

Stephen also raced an E Type Jaguar owned by Norman Davidson Kelly and prepared by Beacon Hill Garage.  In 2006 Stephen had the privilege to share the E Type Jaguar with the great Richard Attwood and Austen Kinsella for the Historic Spa Six Hours where they finished 3rd overall and won their class.

Stephen also had the privilege to share the E Type Jaguar with Rauno Aaltonen at the Goodwood Revival Meeting in the Tourist Trophy in 2007. 

In 2008, Stephen got to drive the E Type Jaguar again in the Goodwood TT.  This time he shared the drive with the great Emanuele Pirro.  During the same year, Stephen shared his own BMW 1800 Tisa with fellow instructor and friend, Andy Schultz, and entered a U2TC Championship race at Dijon.  They came home with the winner’s trophy.

In 2009, Stephen shared the Davidson Kelly E Type Jaguar with the famous Marc Gene.  The car qualified 10th and finished 7th. At all three Goodwood TT events, it was Stephen who set the best lap time in the car.