Karting4MND countdown: bumper entry list confirmed for Thruxton event and spectators welcome

The final countdown has begun to Karting4MND at Thruxton Kart Centre on Thursday 26th August. In six days’ time, 18 teams of professional drivers and members of the motorsport fraternity will join forces to help the Motor Neurone Disease Association fund vital research into a cure for the disease.

 

A host of stars from karting to British F3 (GB 3) to world-class sportscar racing will battle head-to-head ‘for fun’ in the event created in honour of MND sufferer Gideon Williams and in memory of sports and stunt car Neil Cunningham. 

 

Karting4MND is hosted by Gideon’s brother Bill and friend, sportscar legend David Brabham. The first event in a decade for their Racing4Charity outfit has attracted outstanding support from across the motorsport community.

 

The entry list (available for download here) includes former Racing4Charity race winners McLaren F1 test driver Will Stevens and Le Mans racer Duncan Tappy, Jaguar Formula E’s Sam Bird, BTCC star Jake Hill, British GT and BTCC race winner Rob Collard plus sportscar racing sons Ricky and Jordan.

 

Also joining outright and multiple Le Mans 24 Hour class winner Brabham on track is team Road To Le Mans, managed by Neil’s close friend James Beckett. He is joined by Chris Metcalf, James Wood, Chris Dymond and Joey Foster. Fittingly, Brookspeed, the team that took Neil Cunningham to Le Mans, will be action alongside Gideon and Neil’s friends and family.

 

Flying the flag for GB3 will be Ayrton Simmons, Roberto Faria, Sebastian Alvarez, Bart Horsten and Carly Latcham, whilst Scott Huntley and Ross Wylie will also join the fundraising efforts.

 

Each team will be racing for the honour of being awarded the inaugural Gideon Williams Trophy, made from the helmet Gideon used when he was last able to race. The fastest driver will be awarded the Neil Cunningham Trophy, which has been painstakingly crafted by ‘Spud’ at Thruxton, from surplus kart parts.

 

Taking place on the eve of the BTCC race weekend at Thruxton, Karting4MND begins with Practice and Qualifying at 17:00 on Thursday. The two-hour endurance race begins at 18:00, with the support of MATE Bike – the luxury e-Bike brand.

 

Spectators are welcome to attend in exchange for a small donation to the MND Association. It’s sure to be an entertaining evening of racing, perfect for BTCC fans staying at the circuit or nearby. Those wishing to attend need to pre-register at: karting4mnd.eventbrite.co.uk

 

Those attending will have the chance to enter the prize draw to win a MATE X e-Bike worth £2,500. Tickets cost £5 and will be available on the night and across the BTCC weekend from the Racing4Charity stand situated near the Skid Pan.

 

The MND fundraising efforts will continue during the circuit’s live evening entertainment at the Thruxton Centre on Saturday evening, with a Racing4Charity auction of motorsport memorabilia from 8pm. 

 

The array of donated auction lots offers something for everyone, ranging from unique items signed by Mercedes AMG F1 drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, McLaren F1’s Lando Norris, plus David Brabham, Damon Hill, Rubens Barichello and Johnny Herbert. BTCC merchandise from drivers including Jade Edwards and Rick Parfitt will also be on offer together with books, Scalextric and model cars. 

 

Racing4Charity co-founder, Bill Williams comments: “I love watching The Repair Shop on TV, I often get a lump in my throat when the repaired possessions are returned to the owner. Terry, my wife and I would often wonder what we could send to The Repair Shop but we could never think of anything. Well, now I can. I want to send my brother, Gideon, and ask those amazing people to repair him. I want my brother to see his grandchildren grow up. But that won't happen because The Repair Shop for Gideon and all the sufferers of Motor Neurone Disease hasn't yet been built. 

 

“My great friend David Brabham and I have rebooted Racing4Charity and organised Karting4MND with the ultimate mission to raise funds so that the MND Association can build a Repair Shop. So that they can research a cure, find out how or where MND starts and, ultimately, fix the thousands of Gideons suffering this cruel and heartless disease. 

 

“I cannot thank everyone, our competitors and our Racing4Charity team enough for helping David and I with this event. We have been blown away by the support and now look forward to a fantastic evening of racing for a very good cause. We urge as many people as possible to come down and join the fun and fundraising drive.”

 

Those wishing to support Karting4MND’s fundraising efforts to help the MND Association fund further vital research can: 

•    Donate via the Karting4MND JustGiving page https://bit.ly/3Ay6HPE 

•    Text MNDKART to 70085 to donate £5. Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message. To donate more, text MNDKART10 for £10 and MNDKART20 for £20

All donations will support the MND Association in furthering vital research to help thousands of MND sufferers.

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