January is fast approaching and, with it, the Autosport International show, which is always a big highlight of the year. It's always a great way to start the season and a good time to do some networking.

I'll be at the NEC once again, to catch up with friends and fans, while also representing the Team UK programme as Head Coach.

One of the major things I do at the show each year is hold the Celebrity Karting Challenge. Taking place on Thursday 13 January, the event offers members of the public the chance to race alongside their motorsport heroes in aid of charity.

Once again, we've got fantastic support from Autosport International. The track is going to be bigger and better than ever and everything is looking great for another amazing event. We had a few problems last year with the barriers but everything is being done to ensure it doesn't happen again and we're confident that the size of the track will deliver better racing.

Last year, we had around 100 drivers take part, which is staggering. It was incredible to get that many drivers in one place all giving up their time for charity and it looks like we are on target for the same level of support again.

As always, the event is the brainchild of Bill Williams, who does an amazing job to pull everything together. I've had the pleasure of working with Bill for over 15 years on Racing4Charity and over that time we've raised over ?350,000 for various causes.

This year's nominated charity is Starlight www.starlight.org.uk, which grants wishes to seriously and terminally ill children and also entertains sick children in hospitals and hospices across the UK.

There are just a handful of places left for this year's race. Members of the public can still join the action for just ?300, which includes two tickets to Autosport International, by contacting Bill Williams at bill@racing4charity.com or call 0044 (0)7712 578263.

While at Autosport International, I like to take the opportunity to give something back to the sport and support up-and-coming racing drivers.

I've held special Brabham Performance Clinic workshops for karters at the show for the last two years. Last year was great because we doubled attendance and the room was full of karters and their parents.

We received a lot of positive feedback from people who have taken onboard the principles I talk about to have their best year in karting. So this year we have worked with Autosport International to expand the age group to 12 years and over, to allow more young drivers to come along.

The Brabham Performance Clinic presentation is a way for me to give something back. It's a free seminar where I explain some of the key areas I feel are very important. Factors that, when under control, allow us to perform at a higher level which I don't mind sharing. It's great and I enjoy doing it.

Self-awareness is such an important part of what we do, not just in racing, but in life in general. Once we raise awareness of ourselves in different areas, we can control our destiny, in a certain sense. That's key, particularly if you want to pursue a sporting career.

Drivers wishing to join the free Brabham Performance Clinic must be MSA licence holders aged over 12 years and hold a valid Autosport International ticket for Saturday.

To book your place complete the online form at www.autosportinternational.com by clicking on the Cars & Stars section and then the Young Driver Workshop tab. Alternatively, follow the link: http://www.autosportinternational.com/public/Young+Driver+Workshop

 

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