Here at Ginetta towers, we get lots of praise for our superb racing drivers and the endless laps of entertainment they provide. Yet, you – the public – often don’t get to find out what’s going on under those race suits and helmets. Okay, so it’s usually fireproof underwear, but what about the drivers themselves, what makes them tick?

So, because we love nothing more than a good chatter over a mug of Yorkshire Tea and some custard creams, we’ve sat our drivers down to ask them a couple of questions which should give you an insight into their lives. Or just entertain you for a minute.

This week, we’ve been chatting to Phil Ingram. He’s currently racing (and mostly winning) in the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club. If you like what you see, he’s also writing a blog for the guys over at want2race.

Ginetta: What do you have to set to ‘record’ on your TV when you’re away racing?

Phil Ingram: Great British Bake Off.


G: Who would play you in a film about your life?

PI: Cookie Monster.


G: Who’s the most exciting person that follows you on Twitter?

PI: My wife. (Of course!)


G: Do you have any pre-race rituals?

PI: Close my eyes and whisper; "I am speed." It worked for Lightning McQueen!


G: What’s been the hairiest moment behind the wheel of a race car or go-kart?

PI: Hmmm, too many…. A couple of examples are rolling a kart at Buckmore Park Cafe Curve, heading towards the tyre wall at Brands Hatch Paddock Hill Bend and hitting a family of wild boar at 118mph in a prototype super car!