Our Team

 

All of the GulfSport Racing team are highly experienced in the field of motorsport. With over 80 years of experience across the management team we pride ourselves on our reputation and the top class service we offer. 

 

Management Team

Martin Hope

General Manager

Martin was first on the ground in 2004 when GulfSport Racing was formed in Bahrain. Having graduated from Oxford Brookes Uni and heading straight to Bahrain Martin was hoping to make his racing hobby into a business. Being an experienced racing driver, engineer and businessman has allowed Martin to steer GulfSport into the multifaceted Motorsport business it is today.

Martin is avid mountain biker, traveler and scuba diver. More recently he has been invited to sit on the board of UAE charity Gulf4Good, which has taken him to Mongolia, Nepal and Uganda raising money for local childrens charities.

Barry Hope

GSR UK Manager
Barry's motorsport experience dates back in 1978 in Dubai when he was one of the founding members of Al Nasr Motorsport Club. Retuning to the UK in the late 80's Barry introduced Karting to his son Martin, some would say GulfSport was born that day. Joining Martin in 2006 when GSR moved to the UAE Barry had already spent years getting GulfSport up and running from the UK. In 2016 Barry returned to the UK to head up GulfSport Racing UK where he focuses on the UK Academy program while still attending all the UAE events.

Still a biker at heart Barry can be found in his home workshop restoring his RGV250 while trying to remember how he rode it all those years ago!

Gary Francis

Workshop Manager
Gary joined GulfSport in 2006 and quickly became known in the region as the one of the leading race car engineers. He runs the workshop and race team on a day to day basis and is responsible for all special projects that are undertaken in the workshop. Gary has undertaken these projects with his team in the Raceworkshop, Lyn, Rik and John.

Gary is a enthusiast for all things technical, he enjoys heading to the mountains on ride his mountain bike and is crew chief for this wifes Triathlon exploits.

Frederic Jacobs

Retail Manager
Fred joined GulfSport Racing in 2016 in the retail devision having grown up in the UAE. Having worked at numerous international GT events Fred had gained knowledge and experience of motorsport racewear and equipment. Now responsible for the sale and support of GSR's extensive product line he has assisted numerous teams and drivers meet their tight deadlines with what they need.

Fred is a sucesfull Triathlete and heads up the fitness and training programs for the Formula Gulf Academy drivers.