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Legendary racer Nigel Mansell praises Island Games organisers

Nigel Mansell, the 1992 World Champion driver, watched his son Greg earn third place for Jersey in the Island Games cycling criterium in Hamilton last night.

And he heaped praise on the Games’ organisers and Bermuda for its hospitality before admitting he thought the current Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel is likely to win motor racing’s premier title again in November.

“I’ve been to Bermuda a few times before, and it’s always a lovely place and it’s good to come back,” the Channel Islands resident said. “It’s a great setting for the Island Games and the organisation and preparation have been marvellous. The people who have been at the events have been superb and knowledgeable. It’s been fantastic!”

Over a 15-year career in Formula One, Nigel Mansell drove for Lotus, Williams, Ferrari and Mclaren before jumping to Indy car racing in the US and dominating from his first race and winning that championship as a rookie.

When asked about the current championship, he said: “Well, I think Sebastien and Red Bull are an awesome team and have done really well over the past three to four years. This year they’ve had a bit of bad luck already, but judging by the recent past, they’re sure to do well.”

Mr Mansell noted that the other top teams in the series, Mercedes, Ferrari had shown consistency, but based on Vettel’s past dominance winning the driver’s trophy “three times on the trot” he wouldn’t bet against the German and Red Bull closing out the season on a high.

Mr Mansell is the current president of the UK charity UK Youth supporting more than 750,000 young people, 40,000 volunteers in 7,000 youth projects, groups and clubs throughout Great Britain.

In addition to representing UK Youth in cycling, Gregg Mansell is also a race car driver, having participated in the Formula Renault 3.5 and at Le Mans.

Former world champion driver Nigel Mansell has been watching the NatWest Island Games, and has praised the organisers.

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Published July 19, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated July 19, 2013 at 12:36 am)

Legendary racer Nigel Mansell praises Island Games organisers

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