911 in Motorsport: Behind the scenes with Kelvin Fletcher

Kelvin Fletcher in car

Having known Kelvin for around seven years, there has never been any doubt in my mind he’s a true petrolhead. It didn’t come as much of a surprise then when he told me early last year he had entered his first proper race series, the Mighty Mini championship.

Kelvin put in a solid performance throughout that season, including pole position for his first race, and numerous other podiums. For 2013 the opportunity came along for a drive in the GT3 Porsche Cup challenge and, needless to say, he jumped at the chance, fuelled by his passion for Porsche 911s.

Signing with Redline Racing, Emmerdale soap actor Kelvin decided to set himself the sensible goal of finishing third or higher in the championship. In reality, I knew he wanted to win deep down but, coming from standard road-spec Mini, a 400bhp GT3 was going to be a massive challenge.

Joining Kelvin at Silverstone for the final two races of the GT3 Porsche Cup Challenge, I watched a perfect finish to his debut Porsche campaign. After qualifying third on Saturday, Kelvin took to the final step of the podium in race one.

Better things were to come in the second encounter though, with Kevlin taking a breakthrough victory. The win guaranteed third place in the final championship standings. Such a good finish in his maiden year at the wheel of a 911 shows Kelvin’s as good with his racing lines as he is his stage lines.

Kelvin plans to continue his fledgling racing career next year, so when he’s not on your TV, keep an eye out for him leading the pack in the GT3 Cup Challenge next season.

Below is a behind-the-scenes gallery at Kelvin’s successful Silverstone weekend:

As a star of popular soap opera Emmerdale, Kelvin Fletcher proved quite a hit with the race-going fans.
As a star of popular soap opera Emmerdale, Kelvin Fletcher proved quite a hit with the race-going fans.
Redline Racing
Kelvin has given himself the best chance of success by joining up with crack Porsche squad, Redline Racing.
Getting Ready
In the back of the team truck there is some solace from the buzz of the paddock.
Porsche 911 GT3 awning
With the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup ready, Kelvin is afforded some time to relax before the race begins.
Kelvin Fletcher
With race time fast approaching, it’s time for Kelvin to pick up a few last-minute bits of advice from his team.
GT3 Challenge grid
The calm before the storm as the GT3 Cup Challenge cars are lined up on the start grid.
Kelvin Fletcher in car
This is when the nerves reach their height for any racing driver. Kelvin’s eyes tell the entire story here.
A final tyre pressure check before the green flag lap ensures that the car is perfectly set up for the race.
A final tyre pressure check before the green flag lap ensures that the car is perfectly set up for the race.
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racing
In his first season racing the 400bhp machine, Kelvin has transitioned well from his 2012 campaign driving Minis.
Kelvin Fletcher podium
Champagne always tastes sweeter when you are the winner, especially as the last victor before the winter break.
Post race
Kelvin has already mastered the racing driver’s art of describing the race using his hands.

A thanks to Kelvin’s sponsors:

University of Bolton, Ravat and Ray, Olleco, Peckford Castle, Sawyers, Doodsons, |Morgan Mclernon, Centurion truck rental and Bellyvesey Used Locator.

 

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