Legendary charity kart race returns - Bill & Brabs launch Karting4MND at Thruxton

  • David Brabham and Bill Williams resurrect Racing4Charity fundraising partnership to create Karting4MND at Thruxton Kart Centre on Thursday 26 August 2021
  • Staged in honour of Gideon Williams and in memory of Neil Cunningham, the two-hour endurance kart race will raise funds for The MND Association

  • A host of motorsport stars from across the echelons will support the event

  • Karting4MND JustGiving page and text-to-donate now live to receive donations


Racing4Charity, the fundraising partnership between David Brabham and Bill Williams, will stage a charity endurance kart race with the sole aim of raising funds for The Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA), at Thruxton Kart Centre on Thursday 26th August.


Taking place on the eve of the BTCC race weekend, Karting4MND will host 18 teams of between four and six professional drivers, racing team members and the wider motorsport fraternity, all joining together to raise funds to help MNDA further vital research to support people leaving with the disease.


Renowned for its legendary charity kart races staged for nigh-on a decade at the Autosport International show, Racing4Chariity returns to fundraising after a 10-year hiatus to help support Bill’s younger brother, Gideon Williams, who was diagnosed with MND in 2019. The motorsport world has also lost great friends such as the late single-seater, sportscar and stunt driver Neil Cunningham, who passed away from MND in 2016. 


Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a fatal, rapidly progressing neurological condition affecting up to 5,000 adults in the UK at any one time. The disease causes messages from nerves (motor neurones) in the brain and spinal cord that control movement to gradually stop reaching the muscles, leading them to weaken, stiffen and waste. 


The result is that people become locked in a failing body, unable to move, talk and eventually breathe. MND kills a third of people within a year and more than half within two years of diagnosis.


The team that wins Karting4MND 2021 will become the inaugural winners of The Gideon Williams Trophy, made from the helmet Gideon used the last time he raced. The fastest team will be awarded the Neil Cunningham Trophy, which is being created by Thruxton.


Among those joining outright and triple Le Mans 24 Hours class winner David Brabham on track will be Kelvin Burt, former Racing4Charity event winners Duncan Tappy, Sam Bird and Will Stevens, Rob, Jordan and Ricky Collard, Ben Barnicoat, and Rick Parfitt. BTCC’s Jade Edwards has also pledged her trackside support.


All but two of the team spaces have been booked, with stars from across the sport supporting the cause. One of the first to sign up was Brookspeed, the team that took Neil to the 1998 Marcos Mantis Championship title, Le Mans and his final British GT campaign. They’ve received so many requests to race in Neil’s honour that they’ve had to come up with a way to decide on the final line-up – more news to follow on that! 


Also among the field will be the ‘To Le Mans And Back’ team championed by Neil’s close friend, James Beckett, while three teams of Gideon’s family and former work colleagues will also join the action. Other teams include Autosport Magazine and team ‘Racing4MND’ run by MND sufferer Salvo Cachia, to name a few.


Any professional drivers, teams and members of the motorsport industry wishing to take one of the final team places can contact Bill Williams via karting4mnd@gmail.com


The Karting4MND action will begin on Thursday 26th August at Thruxton, with Practice and Qualifying at 17:00. The two-hour race starts at 18:00. Depending on Covid restrictions, it is hoped that members of the public, particularly those camping ahead of the BTCC weekend, will be able to come and watch what is sure to be an epic battle of teams from across the motorsport echelons. More details will follow in due course.


In the meantime, racing fans and members of the public can support Karting4MND by donating via the event’s Just Giving page or text MNDKART10 to 70085 to donate £10.