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Martyn Culley

Racing Number 10 

Car - Volkswagen Beetle RSi 3.2 V6 

Martyn Culley

33 year old Martyn Culley, son of team mate Barrie lives in Basingstoke, Hampshire. Martyn at the age of 19 was one of the youngest drivers in the UK to obtain a race licence whilst suffering from Type 1 diabetes. In order to obtain the licence, Martyn had to spend a year recording blood sugar levels in order to prove they were stable and that he would be safe to drive a racing car.


He started in grass track racing in 1991, and was Aldermaston Track Junior Champion 1995. In 1998 he switched to circuit racing and raced in the 750 Motor Club Hot Hatch Championship, at the wheel of a Fiesta XR2. He achieved third in class and fourth overall in 2003.


Martyn joined the Volkswagen Racing Cup in 2004, taking 12th in championship and eight top-10 finishes. He finished an excellent fourth overall in 2005, taking eight top-six race finishes from 12 starts.


2006 brought about Martyn’s most successful season to date. He had a superb season claiming two race wins and three further podium visits on his way to a magnificent second place overall in the championship.


2007 was a disappointing and accident-punctuated final season in his venerable Vento. He finished 10th in championship with 2 podium finishes.


2008 was Martyn’s first year with his new car, the VW Beetle RSi 3.2 V6. The car was not without its problems and a big crash at Thruxton forced the car out of a number of races. His fourth place at Rockingham was the season highlight.


Barrie Culley 

Racing Number 11 

Car - Volkswagen Vento 2.8 VR6 

Barrie Culley

At 59 years old, Barrie Culley is the oldest driver in the championship. Now retired and living with his wife Liz in Thatcham, Berkshire, Barrie still takes his racing very seriously. He and his son Martyn are constantly working on their cars ensuring they are tuned and performing to the max.


He was involved in grass track racing for many years. He completed ARDS course in 1994 and raced in the 750 Motor Club's Hot Hatch Championship.


Barrie joined the Volkswagen Racing Cup in 2004, finishing 15th overall with a best race placing of sixth. He went even better in 2005 to take ninth in the championship and was ninth again in 2006 with a best race finish of fifth.


2007 was an unfortunate year, he missed several rounds after loaning his car to Martyn. Best finish was 10th, at Donington Park.


2008, not Barrie’s best year in racing finishing 16th in the championship.

VW Racing in the VAG Trophy
2015 Season

28 March


16 May

Brands Hatch Indy

13/14 June

Silverstone GP

25/26 July


8 August

Castle Combe

19/20 Sept

Donington Park GP

24 October

Oulton Park

Diabetes UK

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