Paul pow­ers to Toy­ota Se­ries win

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

YAX­LEY speed­ster Paul Cor­bridge is cel­e­brat­ing af­ter storm­ing to suc­cess in the Toy­ota MR2 Rac­ing Se­ries.

Cor­bridge left his ri­vals in a cloud of ex­haust smoke as he pow­ered to glory with three race wins and eight podium places in the highly-com­pet­i­tive 14-race se­ries.

And the Peter­bor­ough Power Sta­tion worker’s suc­cess was all the more re­mark­able as it was only his sec­ond sea­son in mo­tor­sport.

He said: “I had wanted to get into rac­ing for years but thought that it must be well out of the range of a nor­mal work­ing bloke.

“But I saw some­thing on the MR2 se­ries, it sounded like it was some­thing I could do, so I de­cided to give it a go.

“So I went out and bought a race

james.west­gate@jpress.co.uk tuned car for £4,000 and a cou­ple of years later I have won the whole se­ries so it could not have gone bet­ter.

“Usu­ally it’s the younger guys on their way up who win the se­ries but I’m 40 so it was nice to show us older blokes can come out on top some­times.

“And just get­ting to race at places like Brands Hatch and Cad­well Park is amaz­ing, the whole thing has been a great ex­pe­ri­ence.”

While mo­tor rac­ing is not cheap at £3,000-£4,000 a sea­son, Cor­bridge be- lieves his need for speed de­liv­ers real value for money.

And be­ing able to use his car for day to day use also helps. Be­cause while you wouldn’t ex­pect to see Lewis Hamil­ton pulling into Tesco’s car park in his Mclaren F1, you might just see Cor­bridge load­ing a few bags of gro­ceries in his tricked out Ja­panese racer.

He said: “The rules of the se­ries are quite strict in that we can only drive mark one MR2S and there can be no en­gine mod­i­fi­ca­tions.

“We are al­lowed to change sus­pen­sion and shock ab­sorbers but the real per­for­mance gains are by los­ing weight.

“The car it­self is ac­tu­ally road le­gal which helps a lot. It means I can drive my­self to meet­ings with­out the need to use a trailer which ob­vi­ously saves time and quite a bit of money too.

“But it also means I can take it out for a spin when we are not rac­ing. Some­times I will take it down the shops or what­ever. I get the odd look as it has the full rac­ing liv­ery but the car is fine and there is just enough room for me and a few bags of shop­ping.

“I try not to use it too much though as first and fore­most it’s a rac­ing ma­chine. I take it out now and then mainly to keep the car tick­ing over be­fore the start of the new se­ries in March.”

Paul is cur­rently spon­sored by Prize Mo­tor­sport but would wel­come any new back­ers. For more de­tails call 07888 692543.

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