REDNAL-based driver Tobias Owen is preparing for his first ever season in motorsport ahead of the big kick-off in March.
It marks a life-long ambition coming true for Owen, who takes on the challenge of getting into motorsport whilst looking after his family, including his two-year old daughter, after deciding to finally chase his dreams and commit to making his way into the sport.
He will be racing in the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship, a single-make sports car series which is hosted by some of the biggest grids in British motorsport.
Getting to this stage has taken months of preparation to make sure he is ready for the test – having passed an ARDS test to make his first step into motorsport, before buying his own race car and priming it over the course of six months to ensuring it is suitable for the track.
Owen decided to partake in a karting championship last year – the Grand Prix Karting Open League, where he finished 6th overall, in order to get some racing experience in a competitive environment.
On top of that, he would go to the length of booking several track days, allowing the Rednal driver to experience further competitive racing whilst adjusting to the various track layouts that will be navigated over the course of a season.
Tobias gave further insight into his training by emphasizing the role that muscular endurance plays in motorsport, and therefore has decided to up his regularity of gym sessions to further prepare for the strenuous demands of the racing season.
He revealed the extent of his preparations and the need to monitor every aspect of his lifestyle to give himself the best chance of success.
“In the run-up to the first race I’ll be monitoring my diet carefully, with plenty of carbohydrates and lean protein to give my body the energy it needs.”
Alongside his role as a competitor and as the lead driver, he will be managing his team – Avalon Motorsport – alongside team-mate James Burling in the championship.
The goal of the team long-term is to build on its maiden season of racing, with the hope of acquiring more cars and drivers in future.
Getting himself out on the track at the age of 33, he hopes to act as an inspiration and has urged other dad’s to follow in his footsteps – stating, “it’s never too late to chase your dreams.”
The driver talked about the importance of doing his area proud and asks for the support of local companies to back his forthcoming journey, helping achieve his long-term goal of raising the profile of motorsport in the West Midlands.
Owen’s first championship race weekend is at the Brands Hatch circuit of the weekend of the 23rd and 24th March, with the impending season gripping the driver with anticipation.
“I’m excited to be realising my childhood dream, but I’m also pretty nervous about making my debut because I know I’ll be thrown into the mix with dozens of seasoned veterans who have a lot more racing experience than me.
“The more preparation I do, the calmer I will feel, and that will help me get the best out of myself.”
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