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2014 – Auto 66 Club Champion / E.M.R.A. Club Champion / Derby Phoenix Club Champion
2014 – British Championship Debut At Croft (Wildcard) – Race Winner
2015 – Auto 66 Club Champion / N.E.M.C.R.C. Champion
2015 – A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship – Sixth / F2 Cup – Fourth
2016 – Auto 66 Club Champion / N.E.M.C.R.C Champion
2016 – A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship – Second
2017 – U.K. Super 2 Championship – Second
2017 – S.A.C.U. Championship – Winner / Marin Cup Winner
2017 – A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship – Fourth
2018 – A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship – Second
Four Times Winner Of The Mac Hobson Memorial Trophy (2015/2016/2017/2018)
Two Times Winner Of The Ian Bell Memorial Trophy (2016/2017)
Two Times Winner Of The F.S.R.A. Committee Cup (2015/2016)
Winner Of The Phil Dongworth Memorial Trophy (2015)
Winner Of The Pete Minion Trophy (2015)
Winner Of The Steve Webster Trophy (2016)
Winner Of The Aaron Kennedy Memorial Trophy (2017)
Winner Of The Steve Norbury Trophy (2018)
Team A.R.C. is made up of the Anglo-Scottish pairing of Lee Crawford (Bishop Auckland) and Scott Hardie (Glenrothes). Both are 28 years of age – Lee is managing director of A.R.C. Binchester, while Scott is the owner / manager of S.J.H. Bodyworks.
Lee has a long background in motorsport, having much success in karting before moving onto sidecars. He started kart racing in 2005, aged 13 at local circuit, Warden Law, and won his first championship later that year – The “North East Junior Rotax” series, which he immediately followed up with winning the “North East Senior Rotax Championship” in 2006. In 2007, Lee was crowned “Driver Of The Meeting” at the “24 Hour British Pro Kart” series. He also represented England in their team event that year, running the prestigious number one plate in the “Inter-Nations” British Championships. The year was completed with winning the “M.S.A. Super 1 DD2 British Championship” and the “M.S.A. Senior Rotax North East” series. Between 2008 and 2012, Lee had much success in Rotax Karts, taking championship titles every year, culminating in becoming “Rotax Cup British Champion” in 2012.
In 2013, Lee turned his attentions to sidecar racing, following in the footsteps of his father Mike, and Lee duly won his first race at Mallory Park. A detailed resume of sidecar achievements to date are listed in the section above.
Scott joined Team A.R.C. in June 2017, having competed with success as a passenger previously with Michael Hoskisson, where they progressed through the club ranks (making their debut in 2015), and competed at Chimay Road Races (Belgium). Family commitments saw Michael's retirement from the sport, when Scott then teamed up with respected veteran driver Dave Wallis. The pair made their mark with solid performances inside the top six at British Championship events in early 2017, and took a creditable finish at the Isle of Man T.T. that year.
Lee and Scott have achieved much success together. They finished the 2017 season strongly, with a double win at the Oliver's Mount International Gold Cup, and took the Ian Bell Memorial Trophy at East Fortune. They continued this good run of form into 2018, where the pairing opened the season with a dominant brace of wins at Croft in the first round of the A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship, landing the team a fourth consecutive Mac Hobson Trophy victory. While Team A.R.C. won as many British Championship races as the overall winners, their consistency was not quite as good, and they finished as worthy runners up – ending their campaign as they had started it, with victory at Oulton Park. Lee and Scott also broke the long standing F2 lap record at East Fortune at the end of 2018, and are hoping to continue this form into 2019, where they will campaign the full A.C.U. / F.S.R.A. British F2 Sidecar Championship, and also return to the Southern 100 Races on the Isle Of Man, where they made an impressive start last year.