Lee Mowle, born on 29th of June of 1965 in Bangor, Wales, is the British gentleman racing driver and the team owner who competes in various GT championships.
Late start of the racing career
His name became known in the world of motorsport in 2010 when Mowle began to compete in the Ginetta Challenge championship. In his first season, Lee picked some points before finishing 17th in the standings. He didn’t race in 2011 but returned to the track in the following year and the start of the season was good.
Class win at Dubai 24h
Driving the Optimum Motorsport Ginetta G50 alongside Joe Osborne, George Murrells, and Gary Simms, Mowle triumphed in the SP3-GT4A class at Dubai 24 hours. Driving the same car of the same team, Lee also raced in the British GT4 class, finishing 7th in the standings with one win and a total of two podiums on his account.
Racing in the Middle East obviously was satisfying for the British gentleman races as he finished 2nd in GTX class at 2013 Gulf 12 Hours when his co-drivers were Joe Osborne and Ryan Ratcliffe. In the British GT Championship, Lee progressed to the GT3 class, driving for the 888Optimum, the team where he was one of the owners. Driving the BMW Z4 with Joe Osborne, he finished 17th in the standings. The same year Mowle also contested in selected rounds of the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge but without too much success.
Joes Osborne and Lee Mowle were co-drivers for a long time
The season of 2014 brought more duties to Lee. He debuted in the Pro-Am class of the Blancpain Endurance Series, as well as in the Am class of GT4 European Series. However, the British GT remained his priority and for the first time scored a podium finish. It was at Snetterton where he and Osborne finished 3rd. Unfortunately, the rest of the season wasn’t as good, so the Triple 8 drivers found themselves at 21st position in the final standings.
Third place in the 2015 British GT
Mowle’s best season so far was in 2015 when he finished 3rd in the British GT championship. Still sharing the seat of BMW Z4 GT3 with Osborne, they scored three podiums and several strong finishes what was a good achievement.
Lee Mowle, Triple 8 Racing, BMW Z4, 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series at Monza
Interestingly, Mowle that year also drove a full season in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup in the Pro-Am class but the results weren’t impressive. Later, Lee was disappointed but not because of results.
“I had a season that if I’m honest was probably a bit too soon for me in terms of the quality of the drivers and quantity of Pros on-track. You’ve probably got 45 Pros at any one time on the circuit, so when you’re one of around 15 Ams you do feel like you’re in a bit of a tumble-drier. The whole objective with Pro-Am should be that it’s the Am, the person that’s paying the bills, that gets the reasonable amount of time in the car and is the one you work on to make quicker, but you pay a huge amount of money and what the team wants is for you to be out of the car as quickly as possible. That’s not why I went racing,“ explained Mowle.
BMW Z4 GT3 of Lee Mowle and Joe Osborne, 2016 British GT
That’s why Mowle focused solely at British GT in 2016. He continued with Joe Osborne as his co-driver but now as the members of the AmDtuning.com squad. Driving the #7 BMW Z4 GT3, they had three podiums before finishing 6th in the standings.
Le Mans Cup as the new challenge
In 2017, Mowle stayed in British GT with the same team, but his co-driver behind the wheel of Mercedes-AMG GT3 became Ryan Ratcliffe. At the same time, Lee together with another well-known British GT driver Phil Keen became active in the Michelin Le Mans Cup, a championship that was established in 2016. The start went well as they won the GT3 class in the season-opening round at Monza.
Mowle and Keen celebrating Le Mans Cup victory
Lee Mowle is also the owner of Lee Mowle Motorsport, located in South London. In addition to racing activities, it offers automotive servicing and preparation business for owners of high-performance road cars and race cars, offering unique services along with more regular requests to support race weekends and test sessions.