By day, 41-year-old Lee Bullen works as Corrugated Services Manager at Board24, a packaging company that forms part of the award-winning Logson Group. The company’s Preston premises are based opposite Recycling Lives’ Red Scar processing centre, and Recycling Lives carries out their recycling and waste management.
Lee became interested in racing in 2002, when he began racing motorbikes. In 2005, he bought himself a car – a Subaru Impreza – and began following the same circuit that he had when racing his bikes. While initially Lee only attended the track days for fun, he soon noticed that his lap times were up there with the drivers competing in the Time Attack races – a type of ‘beat the clock’ challenge for highly tuned road cars. Lee modified his car and began entering races.
In 2011, Lee entered Time Attack and missed out on third place by just 0.033 seconds, despite being pitted against cars that were far superior to his own. Coming so close and yet missing out, Lee knew that, if he could just make a few more modifications to his car, he’d be in with a serious chance of winning. So, in August, the decision was made to take Lee’s car off the road and start preparing for the 2012 race season. His car now has updated racing suspension and 9.5” wheels with 265/35/18 tyres. It runs at over 600bhp and, with these modifications, is likely to be one of the top vehicles in this season’s Time Attack events.
Lee already has a busy couple of months ahead: this weekend, he’ll be competing at the British Racing and Sports Car Club (BRSCC) Car Club Championships at Oulton Park near Chester. Then, on May 5th, it’s down to Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire for the Modified Live event, where he’ll be entering the first round of Time Attack.
As Lee travels around the UK, competing in these races, or “sprints”, Recycling Lives’ distinctive green and white company logo will be travelling with him (at very high speed!) and catching the eye of plenty of race-goers and members of the press at the various tracks. By winning more publicity, Recycling Lives hopes to attract new clients and contracts, which will help to support the on-going work carried out by the Recycling Lives social welfare charity and fund new initiatives and opportunities for its Residents.
“I’m really grateful that Recycling Lives has decided to sponsor me: motorsport is very expensive and you’ve got to cover everything from sprint entry fees to racing fuel and special tyres. While I’d love to be out every weekend, it’s just too costly, so the sponsorship money from Recycling Lives will help me get to some of the key events.
“I’ll be competing in Time Attack this year, which gets loads of press coverage, as well as the MLR Sprint series. With all the new modifications to my car and the support provided by Recycling Lives, I’m hoping to get picked for Ten Of The Best: a big event, where the ten best Subarus, Mitsubishi EVOs, Nissan Skylines and other cars compete against each other. It’d be a win-win in terms of both raising my profile and spreading the word about the great work Recycling Lives does.”
Recycling Lives will be following Lee’s progress as he zips round the various UK circuits – stay tuned to our news pages to find out how he’s getting on and where our little green stickmen have been seen!