Meet the Instructors

Below Zero is led by highly talented instructors: all champion drivers in their own right. Our list of previous instructors includes Andreas Mikkelsen (two-time IRC champion and now Red Bull Volkswagen WRC works driver), Chris Atkinson (WRC driver for Team Mini Portugal) and Patrik Sandell (former JWRC Champion and current Red Bull Global Rallycross star).

Our 2016 instructors are Martin Rowe, Ryan Champion, Terry Kaby and Dave Maslen. Learn more about these exceptionally talented drivers and all-round excellent people below!

Martin RoweMartin Rowe Below Zero

Briefly outline your rally career:
Won seven major championships including World Production Cup, and the British and Chinese Rally Championships

Career highlight to date:
2003 PWRC Champion – 1998 British Rally Champion

Favourite rally car? Favourite car you have driven if not the same?
Group B RS200 – Renault Maxi Megane Kit Car – Subaru WRC – ANY Tuthill Porsche !!

What makes Below Zero so special for you?
The freedom of exploring the limits of traction, driving abilities and techniques in a safe and controlled environment in an awesome car.

Share a memorable Below Zero moment?
Most laps around any of the lake stages or rally stage roads in these fantastic cars. There is no more enjoyable and rewarding way to drive any car on any surface! You are always pushing and recreating the limits and boundaries of you, the tyres and the the car.

Why do so many people come back to Below Zero year after year?
Drivers accumulate a huge amount of mileage whilst having an amazing time learning how to drive and develop their skills and techniques. We can practice and experiment with an infinite amount of corners until you become comfortable with going sideways and the traction and grip level. We can then build the perfect lap with our GPS lap timing seeing exactly where you can improve and gain time and speed. The feeling you develop can then be put to practice on any surface in any car.

What are the main skills you focus on and how does the experience add to driver skills afterward?
I love working with Below Zero because every client is different, with different goals and objectives. Some are experienced race and rally drivers wanting to gain that slim time gain margin and hone their skills, some are less experienced developing car control and feeling, some just want to just do big, massive skids in cool cars!!!

Are the skills learned specific to 911s or can they make a difference across the board?
Driving a 911 is very different to other cars but it is still car control, feeling, weight transfer and those feelings are the same in ANY car. Very experienced and talented drivers sometimes need to re-adjust their skills while thinking of how to implement them into a rear-engined, two-wheel drive car. It’s all driving skills but drivers need to rethink their approach to get the most from a very rewarding rally car. To get the most out of any car you must first understand the way it works.

Ryan ChampionRyan Champion Below Zero

Briefly outline your rally career:
Over 20 years of international rally experience including:

  • 2002 Ford Puma Cup Champion
  • 2003 Ford Junior Team Driver British Rally Championship
  • 2005 Mitsubishi Evolution Challenge Champion
  • 2006 Mitsubishi Team Driver British Rally Championship (3 wins)
  • 2006/2007 Mitsubishi World Rally Team test driver
  • Current safety car driver (Zero Car) for Wales Rally GB: UK round of the WRC

Career highlight to date:
Beating seven former British Rally Champions (including Martin Rowe!) to win the 2006 Pirelli International Rally.

Favourite rally car?
Group B MG Metro 6R4

Favourite car you have driven if not the same?
Group B Audi Sport Quattro

What makes Below Zero so special for you?
The fact that you can explore the limits of a 911 in complete safely, have great fun and learn so much while you are doing it.

Share a memorable Below Zero moment:
Going head-to-head with Tiff Needell in a Below Zero 911 for Fifth Gear TV.

Why do so many people come back to Below Zero year after year?
Because it is one of the most enjoyable driving experiences on the planet!

What are the main skills you focus on and how does the experience add to driver skills afterward?
Weight transfer and balancing the car, allows the driver to gain a better understanding of a cars dynamics most of which can be applied to any car.

Are the skills learned specific to 911s or can they make a difference across the board?
The 911 is arguably the best car in which to learn the art of weight transfer and vehicle dynamics because they really make you think. If you can drive a 911 well, you can drive any car well so the skills are absolutely transferable.

Terry KabyTerry Kaby Below Zero

Briefly outline your driving career:

  • Started my career in a Mini Cooper and since driven for the factory teams of Nissan, Toyota, Citroën, Vauxhall, British Leyland, Peugeot and Daihatsu on both World and European Championship events, including Monte Carlo, Corsica, Portugal and Finland
  • As a former British National Rally Champion and European rally winner, with a number of top five finishes in world rallies, I’ve competed in the RAC Rally (now Wales Rally GB) sixteen times
  • Many club wins in single-seaters and saloons, and former BMW Saloon Car Champion!
  • Gravel car driver for Petter Solberg and Phil Mills from 2001-2008, including Petter’s World Championship-winning year in 2003

Career highlight to date:
Winning El Corte Ingles Rally & finishing 5th overall in the WRC Rally of Corsica

Favourite rally car? Favourite car you have driven if not the same?
Group B Lancia 037

What makes Below Zero so special for you?
To see someone that has never driven on ice previously be able to get to grips with the technique in such a short space of time, and then have so much fun sliding the cars fully in control around the frozen lake.

Share a memorable Below Zero moment:
Meeting World Sports Car Driver Jan Lammers, who came to drive with Below Zero in 2015

Why do so many people come back to Below Zero year after year?
Because they get so much time driving and the facilities are great.

What are the main skills you focus on and how does the experience add to driver skills afterward?
Virtually every aspect of car control in adverse conditions whether it be to drive competitively or just to have more understanding of how to master the technique of driving on ice and slippery surfaces.

Are the skills learned specific to 911s or can they make a difference across the board?
The Porsche 911 will make you work harder to get the technique mastered due to the engine position of the car, but when you can drive a 911 sideways and in control on ice, it will give you so much more confidence to drive anything in the wet or in slippery conditions, even race cars. You get a better feel for the balance and of what the car is doing.

David Maslen

Briefly outline your rally career:

  • 1982 – Group 4 Escorts
  • 1983 – International Rally Sweden
  • Rally GB twice, won Group N (RAC Rally)
  • 1991 3rd overall British Open Rally Championship
  • 1991 – Best-placed Group N in 1991 British Open Rally Championship
  • 10 years test driving with Prodrive
  • 2000: Indonesian Rally Championship in Group N Subaru
  • Historic Rallying in a TR7 V8
  • Won the Ypres Rally (Historic) in a Cortina GT
  • BZ instructor for 5+ years

Career highlight to date:
Test driving for the Subaru World Rally Team
Winning Group N in the RAC Rally

Favourite rally car? Favourite car you have driven if not the same?
Subaru World Rally Car

What makes Below Zero so special for you?
The ability to deliver a bespoke driving package where the client get’s exactly what they want.

Share a memorable Below Zero moment:
There have been times when we have laughed until we can’t breathe.  One day after a thaw and freeze, which made the lake surface like glass – coupled with a strong wind – every time you got out of the tow vehicle to pull a car out of the snow to to replace a slalom pole, you got blown down the lake and eventually had to get on your hands and knees to crawl back to the vehicle.  It didn’t last long, but it produced some very funny moments for the team!

Why do so many people come back to Below Zero year after year?
Every day is different. The bespoke nature of the package means that old and new guests are never tired of doing the same thing.

What are the main skills you focus on and how does the experience add to driver skills afterward?
Throttle control, steering and braking (left foot for the more advanced).  On the road – skid control.  On the track – the driver will learn the limits of control which will ultimately deliver faster lap times.

Are the skills learned specific to 911s or can they make a difference across the board?
It’s a mix really. Steering and braking are similar, but the throttle control on the corners is different and specific to a 911. You have to be more patient, but on the straights you can really pile on the power!