F1 » 27 November 2009
Davidson and McNish sign up for Celebrity Karting Challenge
Former F1 aces Anthony Davidson and Allan McNish join David Brabham's Celebrity Karting Challenge 2010.
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 with two more former F1 stars, Anthony Davison and Allan McNish, joining the bill.
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 F1 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.
"I'm really happy to be able to help out with David's Celebrity Karting Challenge at Autosport International — 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," said Davidson.
A much-valued long-term supporter of the Celebrity Karting Challenge, confirmation of McNish's return for the 2010 battle alongside Dindo Capello and Emanuele Pirro completes the awe-inspiring Audi Sport trio that share 10 Le Mans 24 Hours victories between them.
McNish said: "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. 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.
Some of the sport's most promising future racing champions are also preparing for battle including Racing Steps Foundation drivers Oliver Turvey, Jack Harvey, James Calado and Graham Sharp, while 'Karting Guru' Martin Hines will be joined by fellow British Superkart team drivers Thomas Johansson, James O'Reilly and Trevor Roberts. Further karting stars include Jordan Chamberlain, Ben Cooper, Robert Foster-Jones and Jason Parrott.
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