True to its name, in just 4 years, SKY Tempesta Racing has taken the European sports car racing world by storm.
Fuelled by a high-performance Ferrari driving experience in 2017, Chris Froggatt eagerly sought an outlet for his newfound racing aspirations and after striking up a friendship with Eddie Cheever III, Chris founded Sky Tempesta Racing as an independent team, with the ambition to compete in the prestigious Ferrari Challenge Europe 2017.
Eddie Cheever III, namesake son of former Formula 1 driver, is a talented and successful driver in his own right, was an ideal driving mentor and coach to Chris as he embarked on his motorsport career. Yet with the sole objective of using the 2017 season as a familiarisation and learning experience for novice Chris, his first season of racing with Sky Tempesta Racing, produced a series of impressive podiums and wins in the Pro-Am class resulted in a 3rd place championship finish.
In 2018, Chris lined up once more on the grid in the European Ferrari Challenge series, but this time the team’s target was the championship itself. A 100% finishing record consisting of 10 wins, 4 seconds, and a solitary non-podium (4th) place meant that he totally dominated the series, winning the championship by a remarkable margin of 130 points.
The 2018 season was also crowned by Chris being selected to represent the UK in the FIA’s GT Nations Cup in Bahrain, where driving alongside former Le-Mans competitor Chris Buncombe the pair finished as Vice Champions. Quite the start for Team Tempesta indeed!
Energised even more by this success, the inevitable questions for Chris were “What’s next? What can we achieve? And can my passion, desire, and commitment enable me to compete at a higher level, with more experienced drivers?”
There was only one way and place to find out, on the track!
Eager to continue capitalising on Eddie’s vast knowledge and experience, both as a driver, mentor and friend, Chris elected to step up to the challenge of ultra-competitive GT3 racing and the renowned Blancpain Endurance Championship and GT Open in 2019. Driving alongside Eddie in the GT Open.
Not afraid of a new challenge the rennoued Blancpain Endurance Championship would bring, Chris Froggatt teamed up with his Nations Cup partner, Chris Buncombe, who had won the 2018 Blancpain series. Sky Tempesta Racing needed a third driver for the endurance events. They lined up on the grid with Hong Kong “gentleman” racer Jonathan Hui. The trio finished 3rd in the GT Endurance Cup 2019.
With the subsequent morphing of the Blancpain series into the ‘GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS’ series for 2020, the appeal of the sprint and endurance competitions together, presented yet another opportunity for the Sky Tempesta Racing team to show their prowess.
Despite the pandemic truncated 2020 season, the illustrious pairing of Chris and Eddie co-driving in the Sprint Championship enjoyed tremendous success with 6 class wins, 4 for the Froggatt/Cheever pairing. A second Tempesta car (#92) was entered at the Magny Cours round, where endurance driver Jonathan Hui partnered with former F1 ace, Giancarlo Fisichella no less. The duo earned 2 class wins over the sprint weekend.
2020 was certainly a great season for the team with Sky Tempesta Racing crowned the GT World Challenge European Sprint PRO-AM Champions and Overall PRO-AM Champions.
Podiums and trophies aside, what these results have proven is that 4 short years after Chris Froggatt’s took to the track for the first time, the team has astutely teamed up with like minded amateur and professional drivers to form a highly respected and winning Pro-Am endurance racing team.
Sky Tempesta Racing, with its founding ethos of TEAMWORK, TALENT, & TENACITY, has already led to TRIUMPH and given the spirit, enthusiasm and drive of founder Chris Froggatt the team will almost certainly do so again.
Breathtaking performance, unstated confidence, thinking as one, moving as one, shared goals and success
Thrill, rush, buzz, from high octane to high drama – panoramic entertainment and expansive excitement, with no room for compromise
Inspired by our past successes, motivated by our recent achievements
– becoming faster and growing stronger, the road ahead is even more exciting
Power can be controlled, but emotion is infinite – performance for the sense, charged in the mind, heard and spirit
Hard work will achieve so much, knowledge and insight achieve so much more – it’s the difference between try harder and triumph
Taking it to the limit with hot laps and cool composure – feeling the excitement, tasting the victory
Building relationships between people and performance – where valuable seconds count moment matter
Pushing the boundaries, from lights out to the chequered flag, enjoying shared excitement and shared rewards
Giancarlo has been driving with SKY Tempesta Racing in the Total 24 Hours of Spa since 2019.
The accomplished Formula1 driver brings experience and knowledge that only an F1 ace could bring. The team came an impressive 2nd in the 2020 race. Fisichella also made a Sprint appearance with fellow Endurance Driver, Jonathan Hui, in car #92, where the duo came first in both of their races.
Our team spirit is the engine behind Tempesta Racing – Talent wins races, but teamwork wins championships.