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May 19, 2017

From the captain’s chair to the cockpit

by Paul Daniel

Warp factor 9, engage

By Paul Daniel

Video screen grab from Redshirts Always Die

From the Captain’s chair to driver’s seat. I love this because I’m a huge Trek and racing fan. Hollywood star Sir Patrick Stewart, Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE), will contest the celebrity race at the Silverstone Classic in July in an Austin A35. The Star Trek actor competed in the event when it was run using Morgans in 2012, finishing ninth in a race won by Emmerdale actor and later British Touring Car Championship racer Kelvin Fletcher.

Stewart has recently retaken his Association of Racing Drivers School (ARDS) test ahead of joining the celebrity section of the Historic Racing Drivers Club (HRDC) Academy Austin A35 race on the Saturday of the July 28-30 weekend. “It was a lot of fun,” said Stewart after qualifying for an Motor Sports Association (MSA) competition licence again. “For someone who has followed motor racing since being a teenager, to drive around Silverstone and negotiate such legendary corners as Becketts and Stowe is just such a thrill.” Read the entire article at AutoSport.

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