Meet The Team

From the podium of the V8 Super Tourer championship, to the depths of a forest rally stage and even the World Superbikes, we introduce you to our team of talented driving instructors.

At Downforce we pride ourselves on delivering New Zealands best driving experience.

As you'll see below the caliber of our drivers is second to none, and they will ensure your Downforce experience is one to remember.

Unlike most of the Downforce team who are four wheel specialists, Aaron is just as at home on two wheels as he is on four. With a tally of victories to his name in the World Superbike Championship, Slight then turned to the British Touring Car championship, where he came within a whisker of winning the Independents Cup. Slight still competes in the occasional car race, and can be found on one of his many motorbikes on occasion too.

Racing since 8 years of age Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge to the Downforce team. He is one of very few people to win races in all three New Zealand Single Seater Championships, including the Toyota Racing Series. Making the switch to Saloon cars in late 2011 Andrew has won the NZ V8 Ute Championship and competed in the V8 SuperTourers. Andrew is also the resident driving instructor at Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell.

Working in the Motorsport industry for over 20 years, Andy's experience is second to none. Having worked in the UK at circuits like Brands Hatch, raced around the world, and even worked in Formula 1 as an engineer, Andy has a unique knowledge base to draw from. Andy still competes as time and budget allows, as well as running his own business in Christchurch.

Ant Pedersen combines his career as an accountant with his passion for motorsport, having raced Porsche GT3 cup in New Zealand, and V8 catergories on both sides of the Tasman. Most recentley Ant is competing in the 2015 Australian V8 Supercar Development catergory, and continues his success in GT endurance racing in New Zealand.

From a farm in Wanganui, Earl has risen to the top echelon of motorsport. As a current Porsche Factory Driver, Earl will compete in GT racing around the world and excitingly take on the 24hrs of LeMans in a Porsche 919 together with Formula 1 driver Nico Hulkenburg. With all these racing commitments around the world, Earl is one of the less frequent instructors on the team due to his demanding overseas schedule.

As one of the worlds top female rally drivers, Emma is no stranger to life sideways, on tarmac, ice and gravel. From the Global Rally Cross Championship to a New Zealand gravel rally, Emma brings huge amounts of skill and passion to the team. She has also travelled extensively in Asia and Europe with her chosen sport, which has included some time at the wheel of a rally car near the arctic circle..

Horsepower is something that Jason lives and breathes, as a Race Driver and also Engineer. Jason’s driving career has seen him compete in high powered Single Seater’s including the spectacular Formula Holden Championship, as well as GT racing with Subaru and other brands. Off track, Jason is regarded as one of New Zealand’s top Race Car Engineers, and has contracted to a number of top teams on both sides of the Tasman.

With a stunning international CV that features a string of motor-racing victories in single seat and GT race cars, Jonny Reid brings huge experience to the team. Reid has also raced for New Zealand in A1GP, and enjoyed considerable success in Australia in both the V8 SuperCars and Carrera Cup..

Richard is one of New Zealand's up and coming stars of tin top racing. With 15 years experience, he has competed in a number of various championships around the coutry and abroad. With national championships in Karting he graduated to the Mini Challenge, Porsche GT3 Cup and in 2014 the ultra competitive V8SuperTourer  Series. Moore brings a depth of knowledge learned from various car configuations he's driven to the Downforce drivers team.

A New Zealand "Legend of Speed”, Racing Ray Williams has a huge history of success in motorsport competition both locally and offshore. Not only has Ray won a number of New Zealand championships, he still holds multiple New Zealand Land Speed Records for road cars.

From a family rich in Motorsport Heritage Simon continues in his father Owens footsteps as on of New Zealands leading young drivers. Evans began his career in Kartsport before moving to Formula Ford racing, Porsche GT3 Cup and is currently competing in the V8 SuperTourer Series and the Australian V8 SuperCar Development catergory.

Stu has experienced considerable success at the world famous 24 Hours of Nürburgring race with four class podiums, and adds a huge amount of passion and enthusiasm to the Downforce team. Originally competing in the USA, Stu has won numerous championships in New Zealand and around the world and in 2014 Stu and his team won their class in the Bathurst 12 hour.

Tiffany (Tiff) Chittenden has been racing since the age of twelve.  The first female ever to win a British National Kart Championship, Tiff has shown her natural talent as a racing driver winning races both in single seater's and making the switch to GT cars driving for Porsche UK and Aston Martin. When not racing Tiff has over 10 years of manufacturer experience in Europe working for a number of prestige marques. She made the move to NZ in 2014 and has paid her dues by representing and finishing top Kiwi in the 2014 World Karting Finals.

Tim has led the Downforce team since 2005, as Event Manager and Chief Instructor. With international experience in driving events, Tim is instrumental in all the events Downforce run. Career highlights in Motorsport for Tim include winning the 996 class of the Porsche GT3 Cup in 2008, and 4 class podiums at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring race in Germany. Tim continues his passion for endurance racing competing in the New Zealand enurance series around the country.

Racing since he was 7 years old, Will grew to be one of New Zealand’s most promising up and coming drivers. Will won a championship in the Suzuki Swift Sport Cup and has experience at the pinnacle of New Zealand motorsport, racing in the V8 SuperTourers and NZV8s. His sights are now set on making an impact on the Asian  motorsport scene over the next twelve months, following in the footsteps of his older brother Earl.