Jamie started his competitive career on four legs rather than four wheels, riding horses from the age of 16 and going on to compete in National Hunt and Point-to-Point races. During this time he rode over 350 winners and claimed the national title in 1996. He then retained a position in the top three until retiring in 2001 to develop his arboricultural business. Jamie also won a number of Welsh championships during his racing career.
After he retired from competitive riding, Jamie and his now fellow director Jonathan Davis acquired Spencer ECA in 2002. Since then, the business has grown and is now one of the most successful land management services companies of its kind in the UK.
Having avidly supported his brother Charlie during his brief but successful rallying career in the late 1990s and early 2000s, subliminally Jamie had been gripped by the sport. But as the years went by, the desire to get behind the wheel of a car and compete gradually rose to the surface and eventually it became too strong to resist.
Jamie began competing – as so many rally drivers do – in road rallies, where a driver accompanied by a navigator (known as a co-driver on stage rallies) competes in a visually standard car on public roads, usually in the early hours of a Sunday morning. He competed in his first rally in 2011 driving a 2-litre Vauxhall Astra, which gradually became more and more modified whilst, at the same time, his results got better and better.
Inevitably, the natural progression was to take part in stage rallies and, in 2013, Jamie contested a number of events in the Astra, the first being the Swansea Bay Rally, where he finished an impressive 5th overall and 2nd in class. Spurred on, he purchased a Hockly Motorsport-built Suzuki Swift kit car that he campaigned throughout 2014 and 2015, entertaining spectators with his flamboyant and committed driving style.
Then, October 2015, when Spencer Sport became the official distributors for the Mitsubishi R5 in the UK and Ireland, Jamie turned his attentions to four-wheel drive and a new challenge with the Swedish-built Mirage. After contesting the Wales Rally GB in November 2015, he contested the 2016 MSA British Rally Championship with his regular co-driver Dave Williams. They contested selected events in 2017, highlighting the potential of the R5-spec Mirage with some fantastic performances on both gravel and asphalt. They also illustrated the strength of the car on the Isle of Man, escaping a massive high-speed accident before retuning to rally again before the end of the year.
Jamie lives in the village of Penrhiwllan, near Llandysul in south west Wales, with his wife Nettie and three children.
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