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DOWN THE WITH GE­ORGE TIZ­ZARD

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Age: 33 Lives: Boscombe, Dorset Racing new­comer

His ca­reer is in mu­sic “I’m a record pro­ducer and song writer and I’m lucky that it is a pas­sion as well as a ca­reer. I’m all over the world with it, but we have a stu­dio in High­cliffe. I de­scribe it as shame­less pop mu­sic and stuff that you might hear on X Fac­tor. It’ a good way of life and means I can do my hob­bies.”

He fol­lowed his dad into racing “About five or six years ago my fa­ther Stu­art felt sorry for me be­cause I’d just split up with my girl­friend and was feel­ing a bit sad. He of­fered me a drive in the Len­ham sports-racer to cheer me up. Un­for­tu­nately for him I said yes. I’d done a lit­tle bit of kart­ing but I jumped straight into the Len­ham in the HSCC Guards Trophy.”

Racing has been lim­ited “I’ve prob­a­bly done about 10 or 15 races in three sea­sons and I’m go­ing to try and do more this year. We did well last year and fin­ished with a win at Sil­ver­stone, so I re­ally got the bug then. I’ve only raced the Len­ham so far and it’s a lovely car. I don’t know if I’ve got any abil­ity but the car is beau­ti­ful and John Percy does such a good job of pre­par­ing it. He’s our se­cret weapon. I just drive it as fast as I can.”

Fam­ily is im­por­tant “It’s a good bit of fa­ther-and-son bond­ing. It’s what the dads have to do to spend time with their sons! Mum hates it and very rarely comes to race meet­ings be­cause she thinks it is far too dan­ger­ous. I’ve got a sis­ter but she’s one of the worst driv­ers in the world, so I don’t think dad will ever let her have a go. She’s crashed more cars than I’ve owned.”

Racing is just for fun “I’d love to do more racing but I’m too fat and too old to make a ca­reer out of it, so I’ll stick with this. We’re go­ing to try and do all the Guards Trophy races this year and try and do well in the cham­pi­onship. I live on the beach and do things like boat­ing and wake­board­ing as well as ski­ing. Wa­ter or moun­tains or race tracks; they’re the only places to be, re­ally!”

Tiz­zard: Guards racer

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