Island Life Magazine Ltd December 2008/January 2009 - Page 28

life INTERVIEW Photo: Mitsubishi Evo 10 driven by James Kaye Island Racing Driver James Kaye It may seem ironic with the state of many of its roads that the Island boasts any talent in the motorsport world. One who confounds expectations is James Kaye. Despite being a proud Yorkshireman James is one of the Island’s biggest fans. He says: "It is a wonderful place to live and bring up children.” James Kaye was born in Yorkshire and motorsport is in his blood. His father competed internationally in the European Sports Car Championships, his mother drove in autotest trials and his brother Richard also races. It is no surprise that from an early age James loved cars. He started racing go-karts, and from karting moved on to racing cars. James trained as a development engineer, to finance his ambition to be a professional racing driver. It is a very expensive sport, but James was 28 able to find sponsors. Derek Warrick, a Formula 1 driver, and Rowland Dane, based in Hampshire, sponsored him and he achieved considerable success in the Uniroyal Production Saloon Car Championship, winning class championships throughout the 1980s. He attracted the attention of Honda and drove for the Honda works team until 2006, when their focus changed and his contract ended. At this point he moved to Mitsubishi UK and in 2008 raced in the Long Distance Championship with the completely new Evo 10. The Evo 10 was specifically designed with long distance racing in mind. The car’s first outing was at Silverstone in 2008, in a gruelling 24 hour race. This endurance race was the debut for the Mitsubishi on the International stage and marked the move for Mitsubishi into racing rather than just rallying. Having successfully completed the 24 hour race there are plans to manufacture 100 road-legal Evo 10s for the world market, and an order for one to come to the Island has already been placed. Following on from Silverstone the season continues in Dubai, the Nuremburg ring, Europe, and finishes in Japan. Silverstone was an amazing spectacle but it was a hard test for the car and the drivers. James’s fitness allowed him to drive more than half of the race, in total about 13 hours, with his fellow co-drivers completing the remainder. A serious accident shortly after the start of the race meant the drivers had to follow a safety car for the first few laps whilst the drivers involved were dealt with. All drivers involved in the accident were treated at the site or taken to hospital and there were no The Island's new funky radio station www.wightfm.com