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He fol­lowed his fa­ther into rac­ing “My dad Neil started rac­ing when I was about eight or nine, so I was pit crew from a young age. He did For­mula Ju­nior with a Lotus 18 and did re­ally well with that. He had var­i­ous For­mula Ju­niors over the years.”

They then got a Mer­lyn “We got to the point where he wanted to do some­thing dif­fer­ent, and I’d just fin­ished uni­ver­sity at the time, so he suggested we did some­thing to­gether. So we’ve run the Mer­lyn Mk6 sports-rac­ing car in Guards Tro­phy two-driver races and it has worked re­ally well at times.”

“We’ve had 18 months of en­gine and gear­box prob­lems. We had two or three en­gine fires on the same week­end at Oul­ton Park. Last year we had the en­gine out five times so it has been pretty stress­ful. Dad lives in Chip­ping Cam­p­den, where the car is based.”

It came good last month “We’ve been so un­lucky with dif­fer­ent bits but we got it sorted for the end of the sea­son and I had a win at the Wal­ter Hayes Tro­phy meet­ing. Fully sorted, it should be a re­li­able car with the Lotus twin-cam en­gine and it’s re­ally nice to drive. It is very pre­dictable. It’s a 1964 car and it went to the USA when new and came back in the late 1990s. It was re­stored by Sher­wood Restora­tions.”

There’s an F5000 in the fam­ily “It’s great fun rac­ing with dad. He wanted to do some­thing a bit more scary so he bought a For­mula 5000 and it’s the Theodore Rac­ing Lola T332. He tends to do two or three races a year with it. We do most of the work on the cars and now the Mer­lyn is go­ing bet­ter you might see a bit more of the Lola. I’ve only ever raced the Mer­lyn so far.”

He has a dif­fer­ent pro­fes­sion “I’m a psy­chother­a­pist and that suits me well. I’ve got a ther­apy room at home. I en­joyed psy­chol­ogy at school and it fol­lowed on. We’ve got some sup­port from Oily Rag Cloth­ing, which is based in Chel­tenham and it is run by a good friend of ours. We get a lot of good gear and he gets some stick­ers on the car.”

Daws has F5000 am­bi­tion

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