Driver: Mark Higgins
Country: Great Britain
Co-Driver: Leuan Thomas
Country: Great Britan
Team: Soueast Motor Kumbo Team
Home Town: Powys
Best Result: 2007 BRC Champion
Children: Charlotte & Ben
First Event: Easter Stages 1988
Notable Achievements: 3 Times British Rally Champion
Ambition: WRC Champion
Interests: Anything with an engine, Enduro Bikes, Swimming, Mounting Biking
Likes: Winning and stunt driving in Bond films!
Being born on the notoriously motorsport mad Isle Of Man, Mark’s introduction to motorsport started at the age of nine when he took up karting, helped by his mother and father who themselves where regular competitors on Manx rallies.
By the age of 17, Mark had successfully competed in various motorsport activities such as trial bikes and karting. He impressed as a young man and soon attracted the attention of Manx businessman, Roy Dixon, who took the young Higgins under his wing. At just 17, Mark began his professional motorsport career with a trip to Sweden to learn from the legendary Finns, Timo Makinen and Anders Kullang.
Throughout his early teens Mark continued to impress with stunning performances in his 1.3 Suzuki Swift and by his late teens had become a works driver for Dealer Team Vauxhall in the UK in 1992.
By this time Mark was regularly employed as a competition driving instructor by the UK’s premier rally schools and racetracks. His friendly and smart appearance linked with his knowledge of cars also helped secure some of the most prestigious promotional and training work for car manufactures with their car launches.
Mark is one of the select few who can boast working contracts with Mercedes, Ford, Vauxhall,Opel,Nissan,VW,Hyundai,Aston Martin,Porsche, Jaguar and Subaru whilst also working very closely with many of the worlds best drivers.
By his 20s, Mark had built a reputation as one of the leading drivers in the UK and in 1997, aged 25, he became British Rally Champion driving for the works Nissan Team.
Following the UK title Mark was recruited to campaign a Nissan Almera in the World Championship and at this point began an extensive test and development career working for several leading manufactures.
Throughout his career Mark has driven in teams with Colin McRae, Carlos Sainz and Markko Martin. His best rally results include several top 10 over all performances on WRC events including 6th on Rally GB, 8th on Rally Greece and Sardinia. His experiences include testing on the Safari and many other motorsport events.
Mark is one of the busiest men in motorsport - renowned as one of the fastest privateers in the world, with three British Rally Championship titles under his belt and a multitude of outings in the world championship. He has also been voted National Rally Driver of the year four times by readers of Autosport magazine.
All of Mark's years of precision driving experience have also not gone unnoticed by the world of film and television. The skills he has acquired over the years has been seen on both the small and big screen, and his talents are not limited to being behind a wheel.
Inside a car Mark has appeared as a leading driver in various television shows and commercials including Top Gear. And recently he made the break into the film world with a starring role as a Bond baddie in the opening car chase sequence in 007 film Quantum of Solace. Mark spent months in Italy, alongside an attack on the British Rally Championship, filming for the James Bond film, and his efforts were recognised last year when he was nominated for a Taurus World Stunt Award.
Outside of the car, Mark has presented several motorsport and motoring based television shows including coverage of the British Rally Championship and motorbike programmes for Manx production company Greenlight Television.
Since Quantum of Solace Mark has been approached about several other television and film projects, and this is an area of his career he is keen to develop further.