Hales distinguishes himself by having raced or tested almost every type of racing car ever built, ranging from NASCAR and Formula One, through to Touring Cars and rare classic machines.
Some of the most prominent of which belonging to Nick Mason’s Ten Tenths Collection, including the Ferrari GTO valued at £5,000,000 that he drove to victory at Le Mans.
With over 30 years’ driving experience all round the world as both an amateur and professional, Hales has to his credit more than 150 race wins, together with countless class victories and top three placings.
A multiple national champion across several categories, frequently as works team driver, his more recent international successes include a double win at the Le Mans Classic, outright victory at the Spa Six Hours event, and top honours no fewer than three times in Goodwood’s prestigious RAC TT Celebration.
Having driven a Ferrari GTO – conservatively valued at £5 million - to a class victory at the first Le Mans Classic in 2002, the following year he then set a memorable pole position in the Ferrari 512S once driven by Ronnie Peterson. The lap time would have got him onto the grid for that year’s 24 hour event.
He also took outright victory at Le Mans with an Alfa Romeo T33/3 World Championship Sports Car, something the factory did not manage to accomplish in the 1970s.
Hales is currently entrusted with racing Nick Mason’s Ten Tenths collection.