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Blundell, Chandhok and co help raise funds for the NSPCC

Celebrities take to the track for the NSPCC

Former F1 driver and former Crash.net columnist Mark Blundell was one of a number of stars that took to the track this week to raise almost £100,000 for the NSPCC by taking part in 'The Circuit' – an exclusive event featuring fast cars and action-packed racing.

The event, which took place at the PalmerSport Bedford Autodrome, featured six teams led by celebrity captains who battled it out on the track, all in aid of the NSPCC.

Competition on the track was fierce, with the team led by rugby star Austin Healey and former HRT F1 driver Karun Chandhok taking the chequered flag and the title of 'Champions of The Circuit 2013'.

“We had a fantastic day of racing, with guests pushing a range of high performance cars to their limits, all to help raise vital funds for the NSPCC. There was a lot of rivalry out there on the track, so I'm thrilled that my team came out on top to be crowned Champions of The Circuit 2013!” said Chandhok.

“It's been a real privilege to be involved in this event, and I'm delighted that we've been able to raise almost £100,000 for the NSPCC – a charity I'm proud to support.”

Guests experienced an adrenaline-fuelled day of racing, putting pedal to the metal on purpose-built tracks behind the wheel of top-of-the-range cars including a Caterham 7 Superlight, Ariel Atom, BMW M3 GTP and a single seat Formula Jaguar.

Throughout the day, guests were also invited to bid on a range of exclusive auction lots, including high octane super-rides in a two-seater McLaren MP4-12C with professional racing drivers Rob Huff, Tiff Needell and Tim Mullen which prompted heated bidding and eventually fetched almost £5,000.

All funds raised from the event will help the NSPCC to protect vulnerable children through its projects and services including ChildLine – the UK's free, confidential 24-hour helpline and online service for children and young people.

To find out more about the work of the NSPCC and how you can get involved, visit

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Celebrity team captains at `The Circuit` in aid of the NSPCC [Pic credit: Theodore Wood Photography]

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