Ronnie O'Sullivan to Make Motorsport Debut
O’Sullivan will do his best on handling the turbocharged 2-litre Volkswagen Jetta in the two 20-minute rounds of the race, but he is not aiming for the first place. “I’ll be happy just not to come last,” he says. “I just want to get around, get some experience and have some fun.”
RacingLine, the company which runs the Volkswagen Racing Cup, helped Ronnie in making his motorsports debut. He started his race training at Silverstone last week ahead of his track proficiency test and Saturday’s qualifying sessions.
“Ronnie has been a great pupil so far,” says RacingLine director Melissa Wright. “He has taken on board everything the instructors have told him and I think that his cool calculation, an attribute which has made him a sporting superstar, will prove very useful on the track as well. Once he has some miles under his belt his naturally competitive nature will propel him up the grid.”
Though he has appeared on TV’s Fifth Gear, and was Top Gear’s ‘Star in a reasonably priced car’, O’Sullivan has never raced before. “They were good things to do but this is my first real intense kind of motorsport experience,” said the 33-year-old World Snooker Champion. “I want to continue racing; it’s something that I’m well into. I’m doing Silverstone and hopefully also the Brands Hatch races in September, and I definitely want to do more racing next year.”