Being a race-car driver is a dream… in contrast with being a British government minister!
Paul Drayson, 47, a former pharmaceuticals entrepreneur appointed to the House of Lords in 2004, said last year that he took up competitive motor-racing as part of a "mid-life crisis." Drayson, who competes in a bioethanol-fueled Aston Martin, qualified for the U.S. competition by placing second at this year's British GT championship.
Drayson was appointed to the Ministry of Defense in 2005 by then-Prime Minister Tony Blair to oversee Britain's 15 billion pound (US$30 billion; EUR21 billion) military hardware budget.
In a letter to Brown, Drayson described the chance to compete as a "once in a lifetime opportunity" and "a key step towards my eventual dream of success in the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race."
The American Le Mans Series, a North American counterpart to the famous French endurance race, announced earlier this year that almost all its cars would race on biofuel.
In June, the Baltic States will hold BALTOPS and Saber Strike 2018 drills. A US Armored Brigade will be deployed in Europe for the purpose - no less than 4,000 soldiers
The import of liquefied natural gas from the United States will not grow, even if Germany exits the Nord Stream-2 project, German Minister of Economy and Energy Peter Altmeier said