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I wanna be a racing driver!
I’m a motorsport fan, F1 especially, but I’ll happily watch anything on four wheels. In this blog I’ll talk about my efforts to become a racing driver and anything else that takes my fancy.
Currently, I’m a competitor in the Shell Optimax F1 Drivers’ Challenge, an annual event in which over 2000 entrants compete to become a fully-fledged racing driver and test in an F1 car. This event isn’t for those who already have a racing licence; it’s more for the “average man in the street”.
So, am I average? Well, I’ve been married for 10 years and we’ve been together for 20, so on that score, no. I was born in 1967, and I live in Essex, England. I’m lucky to have a great family (but no kids), and a busy social calendar. I’m a Partner in a Financial Services Firm and have just started a second business (more on those later perhaps). My other interests include business and finance, computers and technology, and fitness.
Being average is no bar to being a racing driver. Later in the year, I’ll tell you why I think that even those at the pinnacle of motorsport are average people, just doing an extraordinary job.
For now though, I’ll concentrate on the competition. I’m through to round three. Round one was karting (go-karts) at regional karting centres around the UK. I think I did pretty well with that; I got good times and liked the short technical circuit. There were supposed to be around 80 entrants going forward from each circuit, and about 8 circuits. I’m not sure there were as many as 80 entrants for my circuit, so I guess everyone went through. I know from talking to the staff at the circuit that my time was pretty quick compared to the others.
Round two was a fitness test on an assault course, including a test of memory while under immense physical strain. I thought I was going to die on this round; I’ve never felt my heart beat so fast or hard. I really didn’t think I would get through to round three, but thankfully I did. I might write more on rounds one and two later.
Round three will be more karting, round four saloon cars, five is racing saloons, then single seaters. The three competitors who make it through all these rounds will be taken to Germany to take part in a test in an F1 car before the winning driver is selected and given their first race in August 2006.
I’m not sure what series the winning driver will compete in, but it’s a proper racing series. As they say, I’m taking it one step at a time.
Well, that’s the background. I’m new to this blogging lark, so be gentle with me. I’ll give you updates as things happen, and write about other things that interest me when there’s no racing news. Come back soon, or better still subscribe to the RSS feed and stay up to date with my progress automatically.