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Motorsport stars on the grid to boost brain tumour charity

Professional drivers and teams from Sportscars, Touring cars and single seaters will be racing against all-comers in a one of a kind race at Daytona Raceway in Milton Keynes on July 19.

Drivers who have signed up to take part include 2015 Le Mans 24 hour winner Nick Tandy, as well as British GT champion Jon Barnes, Caterham R300 champion Aaron Head, British GT drivers Zoe Wenham and Jade Edwards and BTCC driver Matt Hamilton.

Among the teams already entered are GT pros Century Motorsport and single seater champions JTR.  

Qualifying for the three hour race is already under way with the team that raises the most money for Brain Tumour Research starting on pole position.  Already over £3,500 has been raised with donors nominating the team they are supporting.  T

his unique format means that anyone can start at the front to give their team the best chance of beating the professionals.

Mark McCawley at world-leading motorsport and technology business Prodrive, with operations in Milton Keynes and Banbury, conceived the idea to utilise the organisation’s connections within motorsport to raise money for this deserving cause. 

He said: “Brain tumours are becoming more prevalent and nobody knows why, yet just 1% of national cancer research spending goes on this devastating disease.

“In 2005 the world of rallying lost a hero in Richard Burns – famous for being the first Englishman to win the World Rally Championship in 2001.  He died from a brain tumour four years to the day since winning the coveted title, having been diagnosed after passing out at the wheel of his road car on the way to the Wales Rally GB in 2003. 

“Richard was well-known to us at Prodrive as for a number of years he drove for Subaru, one of the racing teams which relies on Prodrive technology.”

The day promises to be fun for all the family with plenty of entertainment, including face-painting for kids and fun inflatables. Practice starts at 1pm with the starting gun for the Race going off at 2pm. 

After the chequered flag at 5pm, awards will be presented at 5.30pm and the winners of the raffle drawn.

Brain Tumour research’s head of community fundraising Carol Robertson : “Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet research to find more effective treatments and ultimately a cure is woefully underfunded. 

“ We rely on our supporters to help raise awareness of this devastating disease and help fund desperately needed research and would like to thank Mark and his friends and colleagues from the world of Motorsport for fundraising and raising the profile of this form of cancer.

The charity is working to fund a network of seven dedicated research centres around the UK and is lobbying the government and larger cancer charities to invest more in brain tumour research.