From taxi rank to race track

George Orr's speed machine
George Orr's speed machine
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To say that motorsport competitor George Orr has managed a fine start this season would be something of an understatement.

George, a mechanic at local taxi firm Bruce’s, leads the highly competitive Ford Fiesta ST Championship having won the first five rounds of the season.

In 2012, he was among the quickest drivers in the series. Now in its fifth year, this season’s racing in the Ford Fiesta ST Championship is even more competitive.

At the season opener at Knockhill back in April, George won both races and in May, during the Ford Live event, again at the Knockhill circuit, he managed to win two more.

He said: “I started racing in 2004 when I competed in the Scottish XR2 Championship for one season winning the XR2 Newcomers Championship. I then went on to compete in Time Attack in 2006 driving the Extreme Motorsport Mitsubishi Evo.”

In spite of not completing a full season in that car, he managed to finish a creditable third in the overall championship.

In 2011, George started out in the Scottish Fiesta ST Championship and completed a full season finishing third in the overall standings. Having enjoyed this first season in this class he then went on to complete a further season in 2012, again coming third overall.

He said: “The Scottish Fiesta ST Championship is for ST models built between 2002 and 2008. The Ford Fiesta ST makes for an excellent racing car as it handles really well. With two season’s worth of experience and my confidence building, racing an ST and having two year’s worth of tinkering on our ST to get it ‘just right’, 2013 was always set to be a good year. Mid season I am currently leading the championship by 23 points having won five of the nine races so far, my worst finishing position being third.”

George continued: “I was also lucky enough to be asked to take part in two Celtic Speed Mini Cooper Cup races in 2012 as part of the British Touring Car Championship support races - thanks to one of my primary sponsors, Bruce Taxis. My first race meeting in a Mini Cooper was at Croft Race Circuit in Darlington where, despite leading the race for a good few laps, I finished 4th. My second outing in the Mini was at Knockhill, and again, I led from early on to secure fourth place by the chequered flag.”

He says: “I certainly love my racing and right now I’m enjoying considerable success, which I hope continues. However, it most definitely wouldn’t be possible without the excellent support of my principal sponsors Bruce Taxis, Herbalife and Classic Catering. Without them I could not continue my racing and I thank them for their ongoing financial assistance”.

George normally drives a Mazda MX-5 from day to day which he likes very much when not racing. However, he’s trying to track down a new Ford Fiesta ST which is much in demand at the moment. Are there any Ford dealers willing to assist?

He is a vehicle Mechanic at Bruce Taxis in Falkirk and very passionate about his motor racing spending much of his spare time working on the Bruce Taxi race fleet which includes two Mini Cooper cup cars and two Mitsubishi Evo X’s.

“I must mention my better half, Jade Maxwell, too” says George. “Her patience and support has been fantastic. Of course, without my mechanic, Derek Coyle aka “Buster,” I really wouldn’t have managed to get where I am without his expertise, long hours and dedication. It looks as if my son Broddy is following in his father’s wheel tracks. He’s just getting started in kart racing but that’s another story.”