90 Seconds with Alex Kapadia

What would you be if not a racing driver?

 

Frustrated. Very frustrated. Probably far better off too. I run a few franchised wine shops and an internet tyre business too. These do well and give me a steady income to go with the more volatile racing income but they would probably do a lot better if I was around more.

 

Do you have any pre-race superstitions?

 

No real superstitions but I do have a pre-race routine which is designed to get me back into my best frame of mind to perform

 

What is your favourite racing circuit?

 

Bathurst. Craziest circuit in the world. I like tracks where the driver can make a big difference.

 

Who do you admire the most?

 

NHS nurses and doctors. People who work so hard for poor pay and conditions but who do it because they enjoy helping others. I am always amazed by how much they care whenever I visit a hospital.

 

Favourite food?

 

Italian, ideally served with a decent glass of red wine.

 

Which other series would you like to race in?

 

I would love to race a full season in WEC in LMP2 or Blancpain. But I also really like Aussie V8s. Proper racing in cars that look fun to drive and a series that is really well promoted.

 

What road car do you drive?

 

A very boring Mercedes 350 CDI. I do not get too excited by road cars.

 

Most memorable racing moment?

 

Finishing Le Mans 24hrs after the car was gutted by fire in Thursday qualifying. The guys did such an amazing job to rebuild it and it ran perfectly. That and my drive with Murphy Prototypes at the Silverstone ELMS in 2014. I got a last minute call up and had fastest lap for most of the race. That opened a lot of doors for me.

 

Do you have any tattoo's, if so what and where (be honest!)?

 

None