No time for retirement for Wiltshire
Despite a recent retirement or two, popular Mark Bailey Racing driver Stuart Wiltshire is back in the F3 Cup field this weekend at Brands Hatch on the Grand Prix circuit.
Despite a recent retirement or two, popular Mark Bailey Racing driver Stuart Wiltshire is back in the F3 Cup field this weekend at Brands Hatch on the Grand Prix circuit. The last round in Kent provided Wiltshire with his best result of the season, and it was the pull of the extended layout that changed his plans.
"I couldn't leave it alone, could I?" Wiltshire admitted after Friday's testing. "Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit is just irresistible. The boys sorted the car out as there were a few problems, and I'm hoping we're going to have a good weekend."
It wasn't just the spectacular Grand Prix circuit that brought Wiltshire back. "This still puts the hairs up on the back of my neck. I've been round about a dozen times [on Friday] and it's something to live for. My wife perhaps doesn't agree, and when she saw I raised the price of my car she said "you're never going to sell that". I went silent for obvious reasons.
"The whole weekend, the craic, the banter; I spend a lot of time with team-mates and other team members trying to make the most of a great weekend. A good race and result is the pinnacle but it's not everything. There are some real great characters and nice people. We're friends on and off the circuit. My team-mates are very, very close and we speak during the week and we all respect each other."
Wiltshire was in typically amusing spirits ahead of this weekend, joking: "Each driver has his reasons to go racing, mine is to stay fit. Fat, but fit although that's a contradiction. I've given up on my career path to F1, I realised that some months ago. It wasn't going to work. Although if Horner is reading, of course there's a seat available but Kimi has a few more years on me. When my protégé, Antonio [Felix Da Costa], is racing in this I don't think I'll be allowed to get a licence but I'll keep going as long as I'm allowed to, my health allows me and my wife allows."
If his car is to his liking this weekend, he could well be out competing in more rounds this season. And he has the top six in his sights this weekend.
"I've got lots of friends and family coming to have a look and wish so I'd really like to put a good performance in but I don't want to jinx. I've been out for two sessions [in testing] for the first time in two months and really enjoyed it. I had a beaming smile from ear to ear."
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