David Brabham's annual Celebrity Karting Challenge proved to be a resounding success again in 2010, raising nearly £60,000 for an array of charities.
The event, held for the first time in the Live Action Arena of the Autosport International
show in Birmingham saw 26 teams do battle – with a number of high profile names in attendance, including Allan McNish, Andy Priaulx, Nicolas Minassian and Alex Wurz.
The race was aimed to raise awareness and funds for Malaria No More UK, the charity supported by Brabham in his role as Special Ambassador, to help end malaria - a preventable disease which kills over one million people every year, the majority being children in Africa. Other charities benefitting from the event include Headway, in memory of Henry Surtees, Harley Slack, Emmaus, Bliss, Nara, and the Richard Burns Foundation.
Victory in the race – which was hit by numerous red flags as drivers did their best to destroy the specially constructed circuit – went to the Loose Cannons, made up of Riki Christodoulou, Paul Rees, Will Stevens, Duncan Tappy and public drivers Dave Fry and Shaun Traynor.
“Racing4Charity have done a brilliant job and this is the first time we have competed in the Live Action Arena,” Brabham said. It's fantastic to have everyone here and it's been great to have everyone chipping in to help out."
“As this was the first year in the Live Action Arena, we have some work to do and the barriers proved to be a bit of an issue but trying to control the drivers out there is an issue as they don't like to lift off! Overall though, you have to look at the big picture and this is a charity event to raise awareness and funds for Malaria No More UK and we achieved that aim.
“We now need to sit down with the organisers to discuss what we can do differently next year. A lot of people have come up to me and said that the event is going to be even better in the future as you can see the potential of it and I'm proud of all the effort people have put in to make it happen.”
In addition to the karting event, the Racing4Charity team were busy fundraising throughout the public visitor days at Autosport International where auctions of unique and valuable motorsport memorabilia held on the F1 Racing stand raised a further £6,500.
The top lot was a Jenson Button signed race suit worn in his victorious Australian and Malaysian 2009 Grand Prix. The auction efforts of Bill Williams and Brabham were bolstered by the Formula One World Champion himself, who helped the bidding efforts from the neighbouring Super One kart championship stand to the delight of the gathered crowds, raising £2,800 for the National Blind Children's Association.