Forces Charities Car And The Gadget Show Join The Britcar 24hr
|Published: 6th September 2011 16:41|
The countdown is on to the 2011 Britcar 24-hour race at Silverstone. Teams are now confirming there their line-ups, and the Forces team supported by Mazda are no exception.
The Forces MX-5 will be supported in the pit garage by soldiers from the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment including some who are recovering from injuries sustained while on operations in Afghanistan
Driving the second team production MX-5 race car will be a team raising the profile of British Armed Forces Charities in motorsport. These include The Not Forgotten Association - one of the 2011 chosen charities for the RAF Typhoon Display Team, of which Mazda is the 2011 vehicle sponsor, Help for Heroes, the 'Soldiers' Charity' - the Army Benevolent Fund, Forces Children's Trust and Scotty's Little Soldiers.
Leading the forces charity team will be Major Jim Cameron, who recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, leading Task force Helmand's independent Armoured Squadron. When he's not commanding the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment he indulges in his other passion of racing in motorsport and writing about it in Trackdriver.
Joining Jim will be Brigadier Mike Hickson, a keen motorsport enthusiast racing single seaters and Classics. The last member of the team is ex-Sgt and Metropolitan Police Officer Will Browning, a racer but more recently seen on the drifting scene. Toping the line up is Tony Jardine racer and New presenter of Formula 1 on Sky TV for 2012.
Jim Cameron says ‘The drivers and regiment are excited to be undertaking this task and welcome all support from the public. We would like to encourage everyone to drop in and see us, chat to the team or visit the display of vehicles on site.'
Britcar's James Tucker enthused ‘We are excited to have the team joining us and Britcar are proud to be actively involved in raising the profile of this worthy cause"
The Gadget Show also join the 24-hour grid in one of the hardest mental and physical challenges in Motorsport, in a simulator alongside the main grid, replicating race conditions, as they happen, as accurately as possible, using the latest in gaming technology to show the race challenges whilst also using a collection of the latest sleep and awareness gadgets to keep them alert.
The Gadget Show's Series Producer, Colin Byrne said "We're always looking for new ways to test tech and entering this year's 24hr Britcar is a perfect opportunity for us to combine the virtual and real world, we just hope we're not last come October 2nd!"
Everyone is welcome in the paddock, so come down enjoy the entertainment and support the show, meet your hero and mingle with other drivers, enjoying the atmosphere from 30th September.
Treat the family to an exhilarating day out or join the fun for all 3 days for just £30 for 2 tickets and Under 15's go free. Tickets are available at www.britcar24hr.co.uk/2for30/.
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