Buckmore Park is to hold again its successful 3 hour karting endurance race to raise funds for the Help For Heroes charity in May.

The Hydraquip company has been holding special charity events at Buckmore since 2001. Having initially supported local charities, a "more national" charity was chosen in 2010 and that was Help For Heroes. Since 2010, the races have raised ?12,208 for the charity which aids members of the armed forces who have been wounded in the line of duty.

The race is open to karters at all levels of experience and 35 teams is the maximum number. Members of the public are encouraged to attend to offer support. The organisers are hoping 2011 race winners Arcadius Sports will return. Their 2011 line-up included Formula Jedi driver Nathan Wright, Formula Renault's Ollie Millroy and Club 100's Jordan Hill. Another notable competitor at past races was Lance Corporal Katrina Hodge who won the Miss England competition in 2009.

For the 2012 race, the organisers are hoping to auction semi-professional drivers to teams. As well as the racing, there is the after party at the Bridgewood Manor Hotel which includes a comedy night hosted by local comedians.

Buckmore Park is one of the prominent events the motorsport community has held in support of Help For Heroes. Forest Edge Kart Club held a kart day last summer and before Christmas, rideinaracecar.org held a track day at Silverstone for 12 veterans and their families.

To find out more about the event go to http://www.kartingforheroes.com

by Simon Stiel