About us

Thunderwood Racing is a family of racers, misfits and misadventurers.

Following our previous successes in sprint racing and karting, the UK Time Attack Championship was the natural next step in our motorsport journey as it let us simultaneously embrace our passions for motorsport and the modifying scene.

Between 2017 and 2019, we campaigned our Vauxhall ‘Disastra’ VXR, built with the help of our friends at Giz-Motorsport and GizFab.

Driven by Alexey Wood, it contested the championship’s Clubman class, which focuses on road cars with trackday-style modifications. During the Disastra's campaign, it collected one win, one pole position, countless podiums, and two lap records. We finished 2nd in the Championship in 2017, and 3rd in 2018.

Our driver roster grew in early 2019 – with Alexey returning to official Time Attack commentary duties, Max Chaudry stepped in from the world of drifting, equipped with his Nispro-built 2JZ-swapped Nissan 200SX S14A – or, as we call it, the “S14-JZ”.

We also welcomed long-time gymkhana and autosolo specialist Mantas Šliogeris into the family – coincidentally, after Alexey's abject failure at Pistonheads Sporting Tour’s autosolo.

Mantas is a frontrunner in Formula G the European Gymkhana Championship in his supercharged Mazda MX-5, which wears a stunning bespoke “Miata Evo” wide body kit produced by Vazz Corp.

On 7 September 2019, and in a shocking upset, Mantas won Monster Energy’s Gymkhana Grid world title – defeating the world’s titans of motorsport in his roadgoing and relatively stock MX-5. The motorsport industry's collective jaws dropped. All this shortly before driving back across the continent in the same car, via the Nürburgring, cementing his status as a bit of a motorsport- and all-round- legend.

And when we’re not racing, we’re building, fixing, driving, designing, wrecking, wrenching and sliding. Join the adventure!