Henry Surtees karting event returns in June
â€œIt should be a great event,â€ I was told on the phone by the Henry Surtees Foundation. â€œWeâ€™ve got Oliver Turvey and Sam Bird coming and lots of karters as well.â€
This was about a week before the Foundationâ€™s 2012 karting event at Mercedes-Benz World. TheÂ Motor Sport team consisted of art editor Damon Cogman â€“ who is known as â€˜Crasher Cogmanâ€™ on office karting trips, and myself â€“ who weighs, cough, 16 stone.
A phone call to Aston Martin works driver Darren Turner (Is there food? Yes, mate. Great, Iâ€™m in) and British GT driver Riki Christodoulou later and the team was looking more professional. Not quite professional enough, however, as we only managed an 11th-place finish. This was perhaps more down to the magnets Cogman and I seemed to be wearing on our bumpers rather than any lack of pace from the Pros in our ProAm team.
Despite being reminded, once again, that professional racing drivers really are quite good, it was a fantastic event and it helped raise Â£33,905 for the Brooklands Museum Trust and the Kent/Surrey/Sussex Air Ambulance.
The Foundation has just released a date for this yearâ€™s event â€“ Tuesday June 25 â€“Â and is asking people to register their interest. The day isnâ€™t cheap (a team entry for the two-hour endurance race costs Â£1000), but it is for an extremely worthwhile cause and you get to say that you raced against (or â€˜got lapped byâ€™ in our case) professional drivers.
To register your interest please visit www.henrysurteesfoundation.com. And remember, if you get punted off in June itâ€™s probably thanks to that â€˜Crasher Cogmanâ€™.
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Source: Motor Sport Mag