Ginetta will sponsor the annual celebrity kart race which is to be held at the Autosport International show this Thursday.

The event will be named "The Ginetta Celebrity Karting Challenge" and it will be in aid of the Race2Recovery charity which rehabilitates injured members of the armed forces in rallies. Former Top Gear "Stig" Ben Collins is a supporter of the charity and liaised with the main organiser of Racing4Charity Bill Williams to make Race2Recovery the adopted charity for this year's race.

Negotiations with Ginetta began six months ago and the deal was agreed in the early days of December last year. Baz Scott, the Managing Director of Race Drivers Inc who are the co-organisers of the event said: "It's absolutely fantastic news, the support offered by one of the UK's best loved motorsport names Ginetta, provides a synergy that would have been hard to match anywhere else."

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Ginetta will be represented in the 1.5 hour endurance race by its chairman Lawrence Tomlinson; Super One champion Michael Simpson; 2011 Ginetta G55 Supercup Champion Adam Morgan; BTCC driver Andrew Jordan and 2011 G50 Supercup champion Tom Ingram. 20 teams are taking part in the event with members of the public joining drivers of the calibre of Johnny Mowlem, David Brabham, Andy Priaulx and Gordon Shedden.

The event will be filmed by MotorsTV and current Land Speed Record holder Wing Commander Andy Green OBE will start the race. It is hoped that there will be demonstration laps of the circuit by karts specially designed for injured troops.

As well as the race, visitors to Autosport International can donate to Race2Recovery and watch Captain Anthony Harris, Corporal Tom Heathway and Dave Marsh drive the charity's Qt Wildcat in the Live Action Arena. The Land Rover Freelander driven by the charity in 2011 and the Wildcat planned for the 2012 season will be displayed at the Marches 4X4 British Cross County Championship stand.

by Simon Stiel