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So these online competitions are actually real then…

It's fair to say that almost all petrolheads have all dreamt of becoming a racing driver at some point in their life, and our man Stuart is no different. But at the not so tender age of 31, short of a lottery win or death of a stupidly rich relative he never knew he had, this dream was never going to become a reality.

That was until he entered Abarth's: Make It Your Race competition.

Over 50,000 people from across Europe entered, the only condition was that they couldn't hold or ever have held a race licence.

After a series of eliminations in each country, the final 28 were selected to travel to Italy for 10 days of trails & eliminations.

The 6 best drivers were then selected to race in the final round of the Trofeo Abarth Championship in Italy.

Stuart, was one of the 6...


After a couple of brake and steering issues in practice and qualifying, he'd managed to qualify a respectable 6th in class and 14th overall. Not a bad result for a first effort on a professional grid full 25 cars.

But 6th in class was never going to be good enough... This was a one shot deal and he hadn't come here to finish 6th, he wanted to win! But to do that, he was going to have to take some risks...


Here is what happened.

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