2011 David Brabham Celebrity Karting Challenge

The majority of racing drivers begin their careers in karting, and Marino Franchitti is no exception. Marino's career began at eight years of age and he won various Scottish karting titles before moving into cars, they included the West of Scotland Kart Club Championship, the Scottish Open Championship and the Scottish Pro-Kart Championship. So what better way for Marino to warm up for the start the 2011 racing season than by returning to David Brabham's Celebrity Karting Challenge this coming Thursday, 13th January. David heads up an organization called Racing 4 Charity and its annual flagship event is the Celebrity Karting Challenge which is staged every January as part of Autosport International held at the NEC in Birmingham.

As the only motorsport event of its kind in the UK, the Celebrity Karting Challenge enables members of the public to battle wheel-to-wheel with their motor racing heroes. Each of the twenty teams will have two members of the public who pay for the fun of racing with four professional drivers and all the monies raised goes to charity.

This year the funds raised will go to the children's charity, "Starlight". Starlight is an organisation which brings enjoyment into the lives of seriously and terminally ill children, many of whom are afraid and in pain. It grants them wishes and creates innovative entertainment in hospitals and hospices throughout the UK. It is there for children and their families in their time of need, lifting children's spirits in hospitals, making dreams come true, strengthening family bonds and creating happy memories for everyone to share and cherish, whatever the future holds.

Marino has supported and participated in the Celebrity Karting Challenge for the last few years, frequently heading up his own team of drivers, but this year David has asked Marino to join his team. Along with David and Marino will be David's son Sam, the third generation of Brabham drivers just starting out on his karting career, and up and coming karting star, Oscar King.

Marino commented, "I always enjoy the chance to get back in a kart, and when it's supporting my team mate David's charity event, it makes it even more special. After the holiday season it will be great to catch up with a lot of my racing friends, though I think David and I will be relying on our secret weapons, Sam and Oscar, to help us get the win!

-source: marino franchitti pr