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Renault-powered Ferrari stars at Club MSV trackday!

Tuesday, May 29 2012

Motormouth talk show host Nick Ferrari was almost left speechless by a ride around the Brands Hatch circuit today (Tuesday) with a charity auction winner. The auction, in aid of radio station LBC's charity Help a London Child, was won by Ilma Almeida, who generously donated the prize to partner Ossy Yusuf.

Driving a Renault Megane supplied by Nick's son Nico, who is one half of race preparation experts Bubble and Kick, Yusuf enjoyed having a celebrity passenger. "It was great," he enthused. "I hope he enjoyed it as much as me!"

"I tell you what," raved Nick. "This bloke - if we need any more test drivers or something like that and we want to fly the flag, he was fantastic. Absolutely, from the word go, hitting all the braking spots absolutely right. I'm very proud of my pupil! I think he's done all right, very good."

It transpired that Yusuf raced in British GT for a season with his own team and mechanics, competing in a Ginetta G50 back in 2010. "We got a couple of thirds and seconds, we didn't do too badly, considering it was our first season," he confirmed. "I'll probably race again next year but I'm a bit out of shape at the moment!"

Despite the surname, Nick doesn't consider himself a petrolhead but his knowledge stretches further than most: "I'm not as much of a car fan as I should be, but I'm very much into it through the two boys who run the Bubble and Kick Racing, which is how we've been able to do this as well as the generosity of MSV at Brands Hatch. Obviously with a name like Ferrari you do watch Grands Prix but I've got to be honest, I've been left a little bit behind. The last time I came and watched anything decent here was when Clay Reggazoni or somebody like that was driving, so that was a long, long time ago."

Will he be looking forward to Ron Howard's forthcoming film Rush, much of which was filmed at the Kent venue? "Well I really enjoyed Senna, I thought that was fantastic."

Finally for someone whose voice can often be heard in the Taxi cabs of London, did he give out a few famous opinions during the ride? "The opinions were 'for goodness sake what do you think you were doing', 'help' and 'can I get out'! He was very committed to what he was doing but we chatted a little bit. Probably the main thing we talked about regards London was the mayoral election!"

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