David Brabham's Celebrity Karting Challenge 2010 at Autosport International on Friday 15 January, primarily in aid of Malaria No More UK, is shaping up to be one of the best yet.
Held for the first time in Autosport International's Live Action Arena, the unique charity kart race is attracting an unrivalled line-up of international motorsport stars to race head-to-head with members of the public on a challenging new circuit at the NEC Birmingham.
With the entry list reading like the who's who in motorsport worldwide, the Celebrity Karting Challenge has become an annual mission for each motorsport formula to prove who boasts the best drivers. The pre-season friendly will attract former Formula One stars and drivers from single-seaters to touring cars, sportscars, rallying and karting. At the other end of the spectrum, these international stars will be racing alongside paying members of the public.
British Formula One driver and BBC Radio 5 Live commentator, Anthony Davidson recently confirmed his support of Brabham's fundraising efforts.
"I'm really happy to be able to help out with David's Celebrity Karting Challenge at Autosport International,” he said. “The race is raising money for a very worthy cause by doing something we all enjoy. It should be a great event and I hope it gets lots of support."
A much-valued long-term supporter of the Celebrity Karting Challenge, confirmation of Allan McNish's return for the 2010 battle alongside Dindo Capello and Emanuele Pirro completes the awe-inspiring Audi Sport trio that share ten Le Mans 24 Hours victories between them.
"I am pleased to be able to support David's charity kart race in aid of Malaria No More UK and I'm really looking forward to the inevitable competition,” he said. “You can just imagine what the entertainment will be like with a track full of racing stars racing in karts after the long winter break.
“It is all for a good cause and the event is a great concept, with fans and stars competing with and against each other at Europe's biggest motorsport show. I cannot think of a more enjoyable way to get into shape for the new season.”
DTM ace Paul di Resta, sportscar star Johnny Mowlem, A1GP team driver Danny Watts and 2009 Star Mazda Champion Adam Christodoulou are just some of the latest celebrities to also confirm their support alongside Amanda Stretton, Katherine Legge, Robbie Kerr, Duncan Tappy, Andrew Kirkaldy, Tim Mullen, Linda Playfair, Paul O'Niell, Tom Onslow-Cole and BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year nominee Sarah Moore.