David Brabham's Racing 4 Charity preview

Motorsport Elite Prepare for Battle at the NEC in Racing 4 Charity Showdown Over 70 of the world's top motorsport stars will be at Autosport International, 10-13 January 2008, to help David Brabham's Racing 4 Charity organisation reach his ...

Motorsport Elite Prepare for Battle at the NEC in Racing 4 Charity Showdown

Over 70 of the world's top motorsport stars will be at Autosport International, 10-13 January 2008, to help David Brabham's Racing 4 Charity organisation reach his fundraising target of 50,000 GBP. The battle of the motorsport formulas is set to ignite once again on the Karting 4 U indoor track in the Autosport International BP Ultimate 102 Unleaded Kart Challenge on Friday 11 January.

Virtually every major motorsport formula will be represented in the 22 teams competing in the Racing 4 Charity event, including former Formula One stars and drivers from ALMS, DTM, WTCC, BTCC, British and FIA GT, British F3, WRC, Formula Renault and karting. At the other end of the spectrum, these international stars will be racing alongside paying members of the public.

The best names in the business from across the globe have been lining up to support this unique event, including double Formula Indy World Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner, Gil de Ferran. "To me this is a no brainer!" said Gil. "First you go and visit one of the best racing car shows in the world, while at the same time spending time with your friends and family. Let's not forget, you can also have some fun with them bumping around the kart track for a couple of hours. But most importantly, you can do all this and help a charity as well! I can think of many worse ways to spend an afternoon."

With each driver's pride at stake to prove they race in the best motorsport formula, a good deal of banter and tension will fill Hall 4 at the NEC. 2007 American Le Mans Series Champion and former Formula One driver Allan McNish commented: "I have known David Brabham as a fierce on-track competitor as well as an off-track friend. His Racing 4 Charity event combines the love of our sport and also the reminder that we are very privileged to be able to race, which is something we often forget. I am pleased to be able to participate and hopefully, altogether, we can make a difference."

The entry list for the Racing 4 Charity event reads as a veritable who's who of motorsport. Also joining Brabham, one of the world's leading sportscar racers, de Ferran and McNish will be British fans' Formula One favourite Johnny Herbert; DTM stars Gary Paffett and Darren Turner; 2005 McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year, 2007 Macau F3 Grand Prix winner and A1 Team GBR driver for the A1 World Cup of Motorsport, Oliver Jarvis; BTCC race-winner Tom Onslow-Cole; GP2 ace Adam Carroll, and rising World Rally star Matthew Wilson, to name a few.

David Brabham commented: "We are really gaining a lot of momentum now and the response from the star drivers and public has been superb. The racing is going to be hotly contested and I am sure the public will have fun watching it while the drivers will be getting the Christmas break boredom out of their system. With the race being televised all over the world, the charities and sponsors will have great TV awareness."

Only a handful of places remain but members of the public can still be a part of this star-studded charity event for just 300 GBP per driver, simply contact bill@racing4charity.com or call 07712 578263. The fun starts at 1.30pm on the Karting 4 U track in Hall 4, where a 30-minute qualifying session will precede the extended one and a half hour race, which starts at 3.15pm.

As if racing with the world's motorsport elite wasn't enough, there will be some fantastic prizes on offer, including an action packed day at the Thruxton Motorsport Centre plus a year's subscription to Autosport magazine for the winner of the public driver fastest lap shoot-out. Other prizes include a race suit signed by all of the celebrity drivers for the fastest lap set on the Jordan F1 simulator.

Charities set to benefit from this unique event include: Bliss (The Premature Baby Charity), The Richard Burns Foundation, Whizzkids, NARA (The Breathing Charity), Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, Christies Hospital Cancer Ward (Manchester), Breakthrough Breast Cancer, The British Heart Foundation, The Multiple Sclerosis Society, WOMAC and The Butterfly Appeal for About Face, Cerebra and Karting for the Disabled.

-credit: racing4charity.com

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Series Charity
Drivers Johnny Herbert , David Brabham , Allan McNish , Gil de Ferran , Darren Turner , Richard Burns , Adam Carroll , Gary Paffett , Oliver Jarvis , Matthew Wilson , Tom Onslow-Cole