Alan Cooper

Alan bought Drive-Tech Ltd in 2005 to compliment his other business ventures. Alan has been in motorsport since he was 16. He is a motorsport consultant, race craft engineer , Race technician, an ARKS & ARDS Instructor helping people to realise their race potential.

Alan says I’m passionate about sharing what I’ve learnt in order to help you.

Andrew Down

Andy has been with us since 1991, he has been a BORDA instructor since 1998.  Andy started offroading on bikes in his teens and gravitated to four wheels when he began working as a salesman.  Andy is BORDA qualified and his approach is both friendly and informative, as well as reassuringly precise.  Andy’s aim is to improve people’s driving skills and for them to have fun and go away having learned something new.

Andy says women make better drivers because they listen!  He loves driving  and working and say that every day is a new challenge.

Andy says forward planning, level headedness and consideration for others makes for a good off-road driver.

Dave Thompson

Dave, a former police traffic officer has been with Drive-Tech for over 5 years also an expert in Skid Control, 4×4 Off Roading and an approved First Aider. Dave has also been involved in close protection outside courses.

Hobbies include being a keen motor sport fan and a loving family man.

Dave says “It is better to be 5 minutes late than 50 years early when driving”

Ray Gilligan

Ray originally from Australia is the latest 4×4 trainer to join Drive-Tech. Ray has brought immense knowledge he has been driving Toyota land cruisers over many terrains all over central and south Victoria, one of his favorite places is Cape Otway. Ray will show you exactly what a land rover discovery is capable of.

Ray loves to modify/customize Discoveries. Ray says ”4×4 driving can be exhilarating and that Drive-Tech’s course is exceptional and will provide you with a great day out”

Luke Cooper

Luke is an accomplished Kart Racer; joining the team in a full time capacity in 2012. Luke is our championship coordinator for both our Adult & Junior karting championships. He offers Personal 1 to 1 Race Tuition, Arks Tests and Unique Family Karting experiences. Luke is a licensed Race Director and an approved First Aider. For all things racing Luke is your first point of contact.

Luke is also a founder member of the SRKC.

Luke is currently competing in National Formula Ford Single Seater Racing.

Luke’s passion for motor sport makes this his number one hobby, with running and computer games in the mix.

Luke’s karting tip: “consistency is key”

Jayne Cooper

Jayne together with husband Alan bought Drive-Tech in 2005. An active team member working on a daily basis in the administration office covering all aspects of the business.

Educated locally Jayne has worked in the public sector since leaving full time education. Mother of two she has been involved in motor sport since getting together with husband Alan.

John Yeo

John Has been with Drive Tech since 2009, working on skid, 4×4 and karts. He has instructed performance driving and skid control with many manufacturers over the years and also work as a product consultant for a leading car manufacturer.

John’s hobbies are retro gaming consoles, long coastal walks and F1.

John’s top tip, vin a slide vision is the key, look where you want the car to go, not where it might crash!

Paul Nash

Paul is a retired Police officer. A former Royal Engineer (Army) who specialised in heavy haulage and cranes. Paul works for Drive Tech as a Skid car instructor and is a self employed Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) and also works as a lecturer for the Driving Instructors Association (DIA).

Hobbies include watching rugby (Bristol & England), walking his 2 dogs and enjoying life.

Paul’s tip: You are never too old to learn.

Andy Sharp

I am currently working as a driving instructor which I have been doing now for 10 years.
first aid trained.

Love my sport, sailing being number 1 on the list.

I was introduced to drive tech about 4 years ago now. I thought it a great way to gain knowledge on how to deal with a skid, if it was to happen in real life. Because of the great training I received I joined the team so I could pass that knowledge on to young drivers who may have recently passed their driving test and other drivers who have come along for the experience or may have been involved in a road accident. It has also been a great advantage to be able to pass this knowledge on to my pupils who are currently learning to drive and encourage them to have a morning or afternoon with drive tech and learn the skills of how to deal with an unfortunate skid.

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Rich Hatch

Rich is a current serving Roads Policing officer of 23 years and has 18 years experience of emergency driving. He is qualified to VIP escort level and is a tactical advisor for the Police in current police tactics. He holds a current First Aid certification to trauma level and is CPR and defib trained.

Rich is also a level 1 Rugby Coach and is currently training kids at Devizes RFC. A keen rugby and motorsport fan, Rich has been with Drivetech for 2 years and enjoys every course whatever the weather.

Quote “There’s only one real defect in a modern car, that’s the nut behind the wheel”

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Martyn Cox

Martyn joined Drive-tech in 2022 and is an enthusiastic member of the Skid Pan team.  His interest in motoring started very early and he has owned a variety of Rally derived cars during his driving career.  His occupation as a Civil Engineer has given him the opportunity to operate a diverse range of vehicles over the years from Road construction Paving Machines and Military Tanks to Excavators and Honda Pilot’s.  He is a self-confessed driving addict and describes himself as ‘somewhere between a Clarkson and a May’.  He is a people person and is always up for some banter between the serious bits.

Gary Sunderland

Gary joined Drivetech in late 2022 and is an enthusiastic member of the Skid Pan and Karting teams. He lives locally in Yatton Keynell – within earshot of the track.
He has number of years driving experience based on a rewarding Junior karting background for the National team including the World Championships (albeit a long time ago!).
Hobbies – keen motorsport fan, walking/trekking, sailing. He is a qualified RYA Cruising Instructor.

Scott Williams

Seasoned Driver and Motorsport Enthusiast.

Scott has over 35 years of driving experience, honing his skills behind the wheel and navigating UK roads.

Aside from his daily commute, he is a passionate motorsport fan who feeds his passion for all things four wheels by actively participating in a variety of car clubs. Scott has always been drawn to fast cars, enjoying their excitement but also prioritising safety. As a certified first aider, safety always comes first for Scott, whether on the road or at the track.

Away from the track, you’ll find him relaxing in his garden and tending to his vegetables, but he’s never far from motorsport, living in Yatton Keynell Scott can hear the cars at Castle Combe Race Track from his garden.

His teachings are an example of balance, ranging from the thrill of speed and precision on one hand to the caring embrace of nature on the other. Scott is always enthusiastic and enjoys sharing his wealth of driving knowledge and expertise with aspiring drivers, helping them through the complexities of controlled moves while emphasising safety.

Scott says, “Safety first, speed second.”

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