Emmerdale star turned racing driver shows off his Porsche at University of Bolton
A SOAP star turned sports star stopped students in their tracks when he drove his high performance racing car into Bolton.
Emmerdale star and now racing driver, Kelvin Fletcher, showed off his Porsche GT3 race car and trophies at the University of Bolton’s Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering (CAPE).
The soap actor, who plays Andy Sugden in the hit soap, recently finished third in the Porsche GT3 Cup Championship. He made his racing debut last year.
Kelvin began his racing career in the Mighty Mini Championship at the British Racing and Sports Car Club (BRSCC).
He took the competition by storm, winning the tournament in his first attempt.
After this debut success Kelvin was asked to race in the much more competitive Porsche GT3 Cup by Redline Racing.
Kelvin said: “Joining the Porsche GT3 Team was a big step up but it has gone well so far.”
His transition from screen to track has been a speedy one.
He added: “I’ve always been interested in motorsports, but mainly as a spectator. Then in 2012, something just clicked and I thought ‘I want to be a racing driver, why not have a go?’ “So I started small with the Mighty Minis tournament, but winning it turned a few heads and it has all gone from there really.” If Kelvin’s success continues in the GT3 Championship he could progress to the British GP or Touring Cars championships.
CAPE is a unique partnership with racing team RLR Motorsport and the centre is the first of its kind in the country. It is the only in-house and fully-functioning racing team on a university campus in the UK.
The honours degrees being offered in CAPE are Bachelors of Science (BSc) in Motorsport Technology and Bachelors in Engineering (BEng) in Automotive Performance Engineering.
CAPE is already home to eight racing cars including a Ligier JS53-Honda, a Shadow DN8 F1 car, a Ford Mustang, a Chevrolet Corvette and more.
Kelvin supports the University's centre where he may embark on a part-time motor sport course in the future.
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