Australia's Dunlop, Ingall raise money for Starlight

DUNLOP TYRES RAISE MORE THAN $8000 FOR STARLIGHT A couple of well-used Dunlop race tyres run by Russell Ingall on the way to winning last year's V8 Supercar Championship have raised more than $8000 for the Starlight's Children Foundation. The...

DUNLOP TYRES RAISE MORE THAN $8000 FOR STARLIGHT

A couple of well-used Dunlop race tyres run by Russell Ingall on the way to winning last year's V8 Supercar Championship have raised more than $8000 for the Starlight's Children Foundation.

The two Dunlop tyres were used on the Caltex Racing Falcon in the final race of the year at Phillip Island in November and were auctioned through Ingall's personal website www.russellingall.com.au.

The right rear tyre was purchased for $4200 by a Brisbane businessman, while the right front tyre will also stay in Queensland after a Sunshine Coast collector paid $4100.

"What a wonderful result for the Starlight Children's Foundation," said Ingall.

"I think both buyers got the tyres for a fair price and no doubt they will be a sound investment in the future. I hope they get as much enjoyment out of them as I did.

"The Starlight Foundation is the chosen charity for both Dunlop and Caltex. It is a fantastic organisation and one which I have really enjoyed my association with in recent years."

It is very rare for a controlled tyre from the V8 Supercar Championship to be released, but Touring Car Entrants Group Australia (TEGA) boss Kelvin O'Reilly elected to do so in celebration of Ingall's win and because the total money raised was going to the Starlight Children's Foundation.

The Dunlop controlled tyres, which have the TEGA codes of 322865 (Right Rear) and 323176 (Right Front), are individually cased, come with an image of some post-race celebrations as well as a certificate of authenticity from TEGA.

The tyres were beautifully cased and have been freighted to the winning bidders by Dunlop ensuring all funds raised go the Starlight Foundation.

"We were delighted with the response and interest this activity created," said Dunlop's Leisa Emberson,

"To raise more than $8000 for Starlight is a terrific result and one we are proud to have initiated.

"We have to thank Russell, TEGA, Caltex Racing and everyone else involved in this auction and I am sure the Starlight Foundation will put the money to great use as always."

Ingall raised $8000 for the Starlight Children's Foundation 18 months ago when he auctioned one of his genuine racing helmets as part of his 100th round celebrations.

WHAT IS THE STARLIGHT CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION?

The Starlight Children's Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to brighten the lives of all seriously ill & hospitalised children and their families, throughout Australia. Starlight's 'distractive therapy' approach delivers sick children and their families innovative programs that restore the fun, laughter and joy that serious illness takes away. These programs are designed to be an integral part of the total health care of children.

The hospital programs include Starlight Express Rooms, Starlight Fun Centres and Starlight Express Vans - geared to deliver fun and entertainment to hospitalised children around the country.

Out of hospital, Starlight's Wish granting program grants the wishes of children aged four to eighteen who suffer from any serious illness, and meet the foundation's criteria. Starlight Escapes provides the children and their families with fun group outings and activities, throughout the year.

-www.russellingall.com.au

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Series Supercars , Charity
Drivers Russell Ingall , Phillip Island