Paul powers to Toyota Series win
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.