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Black Bullet Profile: Jonny Reid
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Jonny Reid was born in 1983 in Auckland, New Zealand. Motorsport is in Jonny's blood. His grandfather raced speedway in the 1950's and 60's and was one of New Zealand's top midget car drivers. Jonny's father, Clayton, Reid, was a New Zealand champion in karting. Jonny started racing karts with his brothers when he was 8 and, ever since, his one and only goal has been to race single seaters at the highest level.

In 1996, Jonny won his first new Zealand North Island Championship in the rookie class. In 1997, he won the North Island Championship in the Junior Class. In 1998, he again won the North Island Championship - this time in the Junior Intercontinental Class. In 1999, Jonny won his first New Zealand Championship in Junior Stock - followed by wins in the Pro series.

Jonny then raced Intercontinental A in Australia and was placed in the top three in four rounds of the series. He was offered a factory drive with Tony Karts in Australia but decided to return to New Zealand to race Formula Fords where he was awarded Top Rookie.

In 2002, Jonny won the winter series at Manfield, the New Zealand Formula Ford Festival for the second year in a row, the New Zealand Championship and the New Zealand Grand Prix. With the support of Andrew Neale and John Crawford from Canterbury Motor Racing School, Johnny achieved his goal of winning Motorsport New Zealand's Steel Trophy for his dedication, skill, an excellent level of professionalism and sportsmanlike attitude to all.

Early in 2003, Jonny successfully tested for Graham Watson's Ralt Australia team, driving a Formula 4000. He had great season with four pole positions, six front row starts, the fastest lap in every race and wins in five races, winning four rpunds. Jonny finished the season with pole position and wins in both races in Round 6 at Eastern Creek.

He also drove at the famous Bathurst 1000K race in October, gaining considerable note when, after only six laps, he had laid down a time that would have put him on the front row of the Konica race. His race did not eventuate, however, when the car suffered a terminal mechanical fault after only a few laps whilst being driven by his team mate.

In 2004, the decision was made with Graham Watson (Manager) to run in the 2004 Superfund F3000 Series with Team JVA out of the UK. Jonny is now settled in Northampton (UK).





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