RACING REVEREND GEARS UP FOR THE FORMULA FORD FESTIVAL
On most Sunday mornings Reverend Simon Butler puts on his dog collar and leads his 350 congregation members in worship at St Giles' Church Nottingham. However, on Sunday 18th October Simon will be swapping his clergy shirt for a racesuit and his cassock for a crash helmet as he competes in the 2009 BRSCC Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch.
The Church of England Curate has been competing in karts since the age of 15 and 2 years ago made the step up to single seaters with his 95 Vector Zetec Formula Ford. This season Simon has been competing in the 750mc F4 series in an effort to develop the car in readiness for the Festival.
"Although I'm relatively new to single seaters, I have many years experience of winning in Karts and so I'm hoping that if the car is up to scratch we'll place reasonably well in the Zetec class," said the 29 year old.
The Reverend’s work at St Giles is focused on making Christianity relevant and accessible in modern day life. Simon writes extensively on Christian economics and business ethics, faith at work, and faith and politics.
Simon is backed by Christian Savings and Mortgage provider Kingdom Bank and is the only ordained clergyman to have driven a contemporary F1 car!
The 2009 BRSCC Formula Ford Festival takes place at Brands Hatch on 17th – 18th October.
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