Darren Turner has become the latest leading sportscar driver to reveal that he will take part in next month's London Marathon.

The Aston Martin Racing ace will join fellow Brit Oliver Gavin in tackling the challenging race on 26 April having elected to compete in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association and said it was an event he had always wanted to take part in.

"I think this is going to be painful," he said, "but it's on the list of things that I've always wanted to do so I decided to crack on and do it! I'm running for the Motor Neurone Disease Association; doing it for a friend whose father passed away from MND. It's also a great way to make sure I'm in top-top shape for racing the Aston Martin LMP1 car this year.

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"Ollie has given me a few pointers. He's going for a sub three hours run so I don't think I'll be keeping up with him. He's had a lot more practice than me though! My training is going well and I'm getting closer to a full race distance now but I think I'll treat this like Le Mans; take it steady and be there at the finish. I just hope it doesn't take me 24 hours!"

Turner can be sponsored by going to www.justgiving.com/dtlondonmarathon .