Mansfield numbers men are in pole position

NMAC11-3043-1''Father and son, Roger and James Card of Hewitt Card Accountants in Mansfield are accountants in the week and race car drivers at the weekend.
NMAC11-3043-1''Father and son, Roger and James Card of Hewitt Card Accountants in Mansfield are accountants in the week and race car drivers at the weekend.
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WHEN people think of accountants they probably imagine suited men and women in stuffy offices hunched over calculators - which is not far from the truth for most between Monday and Friday.

But two of Mansfield’s numbers men certainly know how to let their hair down at the weekends.

Rodger (64) and his 33-year-old son James Card, of Hewitt Card Chartered Accountants, on Nottingham Road, are both racing car drivers currently competing in the BMW Racing Drivers Club (BARC) Kuhmo Championship.

The father and son team, who are both partners at the well-known Mansfield firm, have always been passionate about motorsport but became more serious about it through clients in the industry.

Said James: “Rodger used to race single seaters 35 years ago and he could not handle just me racing so he joined in. We started with an old road car which we built up into a race car which we used in the 2007 season.”

They began racing in a BMW E30 M3 and the pair would take it in turns to drive at race meets.

Rodger and James then bought another E30 and raced them both in the championship’s B class for the next couple of seasons.

James, from Glapwell, was B class and overall championship winner in 2009 and moved up to class A in 2010.

The pair bought a newer E46 M3 which he now races while dad, Rodger, continues in B class - which he has won this season.

The BARC Championship is open to any production BMW sold in the UK and low cost, street legal tyres are supplied by KUMHO - which help to keep costs to a minimum.

Rodger, who lives in Heath, said the pair’s race season was mostly self-funded.

He added: “We try to keep the costs as sensible as possible and we have spent a lot of money on the cars so we try and bring them back in one piece after a race.”

At the end of this year’s season both father and son are sitting around the middle of the points table.

They have no plans to retire yet and James hopes to move into other championships.

“I have a National A Licence which allows me to race in other clubs abroad,” he said.

Surprisingly, according to James, his girlfriend does not worry too much about him coming back in one piece after a race meet.

“My girlfriend likes the fact that I have a hobby but thinks it takes up too much time. She is not nervous because the safety checks are there,” he said

Rodger said the sport was in contrast with the usual image of a boring accountant.

Added James: “Clients and other people do not believe we race at the weekends.”