High-speed train driver Toby Trice swapped rail track for the race track on May 18 as he made his motorsport debut in a Ginetta G40 sports car.
Toby, who joined Southeastern five years ago and is sponsored by the train company, competed at the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club (GRDC) in Snetterton Park, Norfolk, finishing fifth from a grid of 14.
The eight-race competition will see Toby transition from a novice racer to a qualified competitor vying for automatic qualification into next year’s G40 Cup Championship, achieved by winning the GRDC series.
Toby said: “I’ve always loved life in the fast lane, so to be racing in the Ginetta Championship is an absolute dream. Given I regularly reach speeds of 140mph from the train driver’s seat, 125mph behind the wheel should be a breeze.”
Toby’s introduction to motorsport began when he started go karting three years ago as a coping mechanism for the stress caused by a number of failed fertility treatments that he and his fiancé experienced.
As a result, Toby and his sponsors will be raising money and awareness for Fertility Network UK, a charity that provides support for couples that have been affected by infertility.
Southeastern managing director David Statham added: “Toby has already proven to be one of Britain’s fastest train drivers; we now look forward to seeing him achieve the same dizzying speeds on the race track.”