MOTOR SPORT: CONFIDENT Peter Kettle has banished his early-season nerves to become a force to be reckoned with in the exciting Classic Hot Rods series.
Peter, from Ray Avenue, Nantwich, was a keen Hot Rod competitor from the age of 14 until it finished in 1999. Then, his marriage to wife Debbie and later the birth of son Sam, now 21 months, made sure his priorities were elsewhere.
The break from racing made sure the nerves were flowing as he waited on the grid for the first race of the opening round, at Hednesford, Cannock.
But he is not daunted anymore. After five rounds and a shaky start, he is lying eighth of 15 competitors and has notched a second and two fourth-place finishes.
Peter, who at 30 is the youngest racer in the formula, said: 'I had a slow start because I was nervous and had to get used to the car. I also had a few teething problems, including a complete brake failure in the middle of a race at Ipswich. But I kept going and still finished seventh.
'Now I feel really confident and feel things are going well, especially as the standard of drivers is so high. I am loving it and racing is even better than I remember. There is also a good social scene.'
The Classic Hot Rod cars have to date pre-1976 and will feature minis, Ford Escort Mk 1 and Ford Anglia models. Peter races a 1971 mini with a 110bhp. On the quarter-mile Tarmac oval circuits, it can reach 80mph. Races are non-contact.
He added: 'I want to push on now and would like a top-five finish. But if I can get some more points and experience on the board, and come through unscathed, I will be happy with that and build for next season.
Peter would like to thank dad Graham and brother Daniel, of Kettle Roofing Slates and Ladders, Roger and Stuart Wright and J-Sect of Nantwich for their assistance.
He will be displaying his car at the Nantwich Festival of Transport on Saturday and racing in the next round of the Classic Hot Rods at Hednesford on Sunday. Anyone interested in sponsoring him can call 07979 569491.