HIGH 5: Brummie F1 champ Mansell proves he's still a winner
FORMULA 1 legend
The Brummie motor-racing champ - who famously raced as '
But this time there was no smell of burning rubber and Mansell's two main adversaries happened to be under nine.
The 64-year-old 1992 F1 world champion raced against brothers Dylan, 8, and six-year-old
"It was marvellous, it really was," Mansell said. "So much fun. It was brilliant, especially for the two young boys.
"We created a bit of magic and all had a real blast together. There were so many children enjoying themselves inside the arcade. It was great to see."
Mansell, whose sons Leo and Greg are also racing drivers, wasn't going to give the budding racers an inch, and showed just why he was such a winner back in the day.
With his pedal to the metal, Mansell went full throttle to finish ahead of the lads, who are sons of the
It's not the first time Mansell has been involved with the gaming industry.
At the peak of his racing powers Mansell lent his name to a number of video games.
The track hero also appeared as a playable driver for Williams in F1 2013.
"Those games are nothing like what they are today," Mansell added.
"They have really progressed and are so lifelike."
Mansell was born in Upton-upon-Severn, and spent many years living in Hall Green, in Birmingham, before his big break. He was even a special police constable for a time.
He was at the NEC in Birmingham yesterday to officially open
"Many many thousands are coming," Mansell said.
"I think ticket sales are 15,000 to 20,000 up on last year so it's clearly still very popular."
Mansell met fans and signed autographs as he shared fascinating tales about his death-defying 15-year career in
He was also the star turn at a special Q&A, hosted by F1 journalist
Among the other special guests at Autosport was young racing driver
The 18-year-old, whose supporters include current F1 world champion
¦(with Hamilton) also And he was back behind the wheel of a specially-adapted V8-powered Jaguar for a stunt display in the
"I think it speaks volumes of the lad," Mansell said.
"For him to have made such a quick recovery and to get back in a race car.
"He was nicknamed Billy The Lionheart.
"And that's exactly what he is.
"He's a lion who is roaring back and has done fantastically well to get back to where he is now."
Billy is now preparing to race for a Jaguar team at the inaugural
The competition will see ex-soldiers, physically or mentally wounded during their military careers, race against top-level drivers in a professional racing environment.
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