David Brabham will be reunited with his Le Mans 24 Hours winning team-mate Alex Wurz and fellow Peugeot Sport stars Franck Montagny and Nicolas Minassian as they join the Celebrity Karting Challenge primarily in aid of Malaria No More UK at Autosport International, on Friday 15 January.
In June 2009, Team Peugeot Total ended Audi's domination of the historic Le Mans 24 Hours race when David Brabham, Alex Wurz and Mark Gene took victory in the #9 Peugeot HDi-FAP. Wurz, Montagny and Minassian, will unite in battle once again at the NEC Birmingham in January, in support of Brabham's Celebrity Karting Challenge.
“It's an honour to support such a charity event,” said Minassian. “David works very hard to put this event in place each year at the Autosport International Show. It's a pleasure to take part in it with my Peugeot Sport teammates.”
“It's amazing to have the support of Peugeot Sport and to have the chance to once again race alongside Alex, Franck and Nic, in the Celebrity Karting Challenge,” Brabham added. “It means a lot to have their backing and this event wouldn't be possible without all of the drivers and celebrities giving up their free time in aid of Malaria No More UK.”
The only event that sees the motorsport elite join forces on the kart track to raise money for charity, raising £92,000 in the last two years alone, offers members of the public the rare chance to race alongside their heroes from across the racing spectrum.
With the Peugeot Sport stars confirmed, the 2010 Celebrity Karting Challenge will host some of the best sportscar drivers on the planet. Derek Bell, who leads the event as Race Director, will be joined by Audi Sport drivers Allan McNish, Dindo Capello and Emanuele Pirro, Le Mans winner Guy Smith, and fellow Le Mans competitors Marino Franchitti, Johnny Mowlem, Paul Drayson, Johnny Cocker and Rob Bell.
An all-star line-up of celebrities will be battling against the sportscar heavyweights in the 90 minutes endurance kart race, hosted on a specially constructed kart circuit for the first time in the Autosport International Live Action Arena.
Ted Kravitz will be swapping his BBC F1 Pit Lane Reporter microphone for a kart seat alongside his BBC F1 colleagues, British Formula One test driver and BBC Radio 5 Live commentator Anthony Davidson, and BBC F1 Five Live Producer Jason Swales.
F1 hopeful and DTM ace Paul di Resta and former McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award winner Oliver Turvey are also confirmed alongside 2009 Mazda Star Champion Adam Christodoulou, Autosport Club Driver of the Year and BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year nominee Sarah Moore, Louise Goodman, Amanda Stretton, Katherine Legge and Linda Playfair.