As a youth, Jake Sanson was obsessed with all manners of motorsport but when he realised he was never going to be a racing driver he set his sights on being a commentator. Believe it or not, Jake had all but given up on his ambitions having got married, had three kids and qualified as a youth worker when motorsport came calling completely out of the blue.
Jake started his commentating career in 2011 at an indoor karting circuit in Sandycroft where he plied his trade initially as a flag marshal to earn extra money, before eventually persuading the managers that a commentator for corporate functions would promote the business better. After six months of compliments and an invitation to commentate for the North Shropshire Autograss Club, Jake decided to pitch to real world motorsport and took a job with Startrax Oval Racing Ltd where he would spend 14 months commentating on the short oval racing scene, including for the BRISCA Formula 1 Stock Car Championship.
He also volunteered as a reporter track side for the Toyo Tires Porsche Championship and the British Superkart Championship, and was given a chance on Motors TV as a last-minute stand-in for an ill presenter. He was immediately given the job of pitlane presenter in the Britcar paddock for the remainder of 2012 and proceeded to work for AJK TV and Digitex TV on Motors TV for the next two years.
After a speculative application to British Eurosport, Jake was invited to join the team in 2013 and has since commentated on the World Series by Renault, European Touring Car Championship, AutoGP, GP3 Series, Porsche SuperCup and the European Rally Championship for the channel as well as reporting for the Le Mans 24 Hours and the World Touring Car Championship amongst others.
Having started his own podcast in 2012, Jake was given support to setup his own motorsports radio station in partnership with a group of like-minded commentators and journalists and Downforce Radio has now been broadcasting live shows and race coverage since 2014 where it has amassed over 350,000 listeners in just two and a half years with brilliant motorsport events covered across the UK including the Cool FAB British Minibike Championships, the Formula Ford Festival, the 2CV 24H of Anglesey, the BLMRA Wisborough Green 12H and the Henry Surtees Karting Challenge.
Jake has now worked trackside at most of the major race circuits in the United Kingdom, including Silverstone, Donington Park, Rockingham, Snetterton and Brands Hatch, as well as commentating for international events such as the Ferrari Challenge, the ADAC GT Masters and the famous Le Mans 24 Hours on their international world feeds. He also appears in the Channel 5 documentary series “The Cars That Made Britain” broadcast in the summer of 2016, whilst incredibly balancing all his work in motorsport in the evenings and at weekends by working as a supply teacher.
But throughout all of this Jake still believes that sim racing is important to the motorsport industry, hence why he keeps his roots firmly secure in the virtual racing community alongside his professional TV schedule, commentating for sim racing at venues such as Simply Race in Milton Keynes and on video games and simulators such as Forza Motorsport, Project CARS and iRacing amongst many others. He believes and says that “that’s where the future of motorsport will accelerate and blossom in only a matter of years. By being in the sim racing community now, I’m just getting ahead of the game. Virtual racing is going to be bigger than most motorsport folk give it credit for, and it’s going to wipe the smiles off many faces when we show the world how big and important we sim racers really are.”
The Circuit Raceway
Commentating trackside at his local indoor karting circuit.
Sim Racing commentator
Commentating for communities in sim racing for PC and Xbox simulators and video games.
BRSCC / BARC / Startrax / Various
Trackside commentator for club racing events organised by the BRSCC and BARC around the UK as well as for various karting, autograss, stockcar and other championship organisers.
Commentator for the Super One Series, Cool FAB Racing and EasyKart UK championships uploaded to Motors TV and YouTube.
AJK TV / Digitex TV
Presenter, commentator and editor for British motorsport programmes uploaded to Motors TV.
Commentary for the World Series by Renault, GP3 Series, AutoGP, ETCC, ERC, Porsche SuperCup and more for either British Eurosport or Eurosport International.
Commentary for the Ferrari Challenge, ADAC GT Masters and the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland for the world feed.
Stand-in commentator for the Formula V8 3.5 Series.
Commentator for the Le Mans 24H world feed.