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A record-breaking athlete has revealed that he ‘sometimes thinks about going vegan’ because it could give him a ‘competitive edge’.

Peter Dumbreck, a race car driver for Falken Tyres, made the comments in an interview with The Telegraph, in which he outlined his career, dietary and health habits.

Dumbreck, who has been racing cars professionally since 1993 and is considered one of the UK’s most experienced and successful professional racing drivers, has set a number of records throughout his career – including his record-breaking performance of eight wins in the Formula Vauxhall Junior Championship in 1994.

‘A competitive edge’

He revealed that he ‘sometimes [thinks] about going vegan because [he] can see the science behind how it could give [him] a competitive edge, but despite this, admits that ‘as a meat-eater, [he hates the idea].

Dumbreck added: “Now I eat fairly healthily overall, but with a bit of everything including the odd beer and curry. Life’s too short for having a strict diet.”

Athletes going plant-based

The driver’s comments follow news that hundreds of elite athletes are interested in plant-based diets following the launch of highly-acclaimed documentary The Game Changers, according to the film’s star and co-producer James Wilks.

In a recent interview with Boss Hunting, Wilks said a more widespread adoption of plant-based diets among elite athletes was ‘already happening’.

He added: “We have been approached by hundreds of elite athletes since the release of the documentary, from Olympic gold medalists in various sports to UFC fighters to top players in the NBA, MLB, and NHL – all asking for advice on making the switch.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.