Star of stage and screen Sir Patrick Stewart OBE will take on an exciting new role this summer. The veteran actor will contest the celebrity race at the Silverstone Classic in a classic Austin A35 this July. The X-men actor previously competed in the event five years ago, finishing ninth in a race won by Emmerdale actor and later British Touring Car Championship racer Kelvin Fletcher.
Stewart has recently passed his ARDS racing driver test test ahead of joining the celebrity section of the 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 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."
The 76-year-old Hollywood A-lister famously played Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the iconic sci-fi series Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men films.
“Speed is not a particularly big passion of mine,” he said. “But when you are behind the wheel of a nice car it’s quite exhilarating to open it up, and I am looking forward to the Silverstone Classic very much."
Other famous faces lining-up on the star-studded grid alongside Stewart include Olympic gold medalists Mark Hunter MBE, Jason Kenny CBE, Greg Searle MBE, Jonny Searle MBE and Amy Williams MBE, bike racing world champions Wayne Gardner and Freddie Spencer, former England test cricket captain Mike Gatting OBE, Dragon’s Den TV star Theo Paphitis, former Top Gear presenter Tiff Needell, Wheeler Dealer’s Ant Anstead and adventurer Charley Boorman as well as a host of other famous faces from sport, film and television. All be helping to raise funds and awareness for the Classic’s official charity partner Prostate Cancer UK.