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Having competed in single seaters for much of his early racing career – including sojourns in British Formula Ford, Formula Renault UK and British Formula 3 – Stuart Hall transitioned to GT racing from 2007 onwards. Quite a successful transition its been too, the former Formula Renault UK Winter Series champion notching up wins in the British GT Championship, the European Le Mans Series and, significantly, the FIA World Endurance Championship en-route to a title in 2013. Oh, and he can cook too!
“My name is Stuart Hall.”
Age? You can lie about that if you want…
“I’m 34 years old.”
Where and when was your first ever race, and how old were you?
“The first race ever was at Castle Combe in England, and I was 13 years old.”
What is the best moment of your racing career so far?
“Winning the World Endurance Championship in 2013 with Aston Martin Racing [Stuart secured the Trophy for LMGTE Am Drivers alongside Jamie Campbell-Walter at the season finale in Bahrain]. We won two races in Sao Paolo and COTA, and did Le Mans as well. It was a good year!”
Which is your favourite circuit and why?
“Probably Silverstone, because I’m English and I’ve spent a lots of time there over the years. It’s not far from where my parents live either, and I love it. We also won the 12H SILVERSTONE last year, so that felt pretty special [Stuart took the GT win with Roald Goethe and Daniel Brown in the ROFGO Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3].”
Describe the strangest thing that’s ever happened to you at a motor race …
“Probably having to sit in my teammate’s seat, at Le Mans, after he’d had a wee. That wasn’t very nice. And no, I won’t name the driver!”
Describe your helmet design to us, and what it signifies…
“It’s the same as my dad’s, just a little different. My dad raced in the 1980s, and I grew up around motorsport, so I used his helmet design and changed it to make it a little bit more modern.”
What is your greatest strength?
“I’m really good at cooking. That’s what my wife says, anyway!”
If Hollywood made a movie about you, who would play you and why?
“Probably Tom Cruise, because he’s almost as good-looking as me!”
What would you like to achieve before retiring?
“Win as many races as possible. Win championships, win races. I’m 34, so I probably haven’t got that much long at the top level. But, if I can win more races and more championships and be successful, that’s what you want as a driver.”
Tell us a random fact about yourself that your fans might not know…
“I have three nipples.”*
*Tempted as we were, CREVENTIC did not double check this…
Finally, what do you enjoy most about competing in the 24H SERIES?
“I think it’s a great championship. I’ve been here for a long time now. I think I first did Dubai in 2011 [with Duel Racing], and I’ve been doing 24H SERIES races every year among other programs. It’s a really well-run series, it’s great for the Am drivers as well. Too many championships now don’t think about the Am drivers. It’s just PRO, PRO, PRO, PRO, and we must remember that our sport is funded mainly by the Am drivers. So it’s a really great series, and we love racing here, whether it’s in a TCR car like it did at Mugello, or previously in the GT3 cars, we will always keep coming back.”