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Airwaves BMW Enjoy Winning Run at Brands Hatch Airwaves BMW secured its first win on the Brands Hatch GP circuit yesterday (Saturday) -- as data engineer Richard Rawnsley cruised to victory in a charity run contested by members of the HiQ MSA ...

Airwaves BMW Enjoy Winning Run at Brands Hatch

Airwaves BMW secured its first win on the Brands Hatch GP circuit yesterday (Saturday) -- as data engineer Richard Rawnsley cruised to victory in a charity run contested by members of the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship paddock.

The run around the 2.3 mile track in aid of Breast Cancer Care was organised by VXR Racing's Raphael Caille, and around 30 entrants from teams throughout the BTCC paddock took part after the day's track action was finished.

While Airwaves BMW's Richard Rawnsley, a keen long-distance runner, led from start to finish he was closely followed home by star driver Rob Collard in fourth place.

Collard was the only BTCC driver to take part, and he showed his fitness work was up to scratch by staying with the leaders until they upped the pace in the final stretch.

Airwaves BMW tyre assistant Jamie Waller also took part and finished in a respectable midfield position.

A total of GBP300 was raised from donations to take part in the run, and all the proceeds will go to championship sponsor HiQ's 'Project Pink' campaign in aid of Breast Cancer Care.

Airwaves BMW's Richard Rawnesley said:

"Obviously I was delighted to get a win for the team and raise money for a good cause. It's not the first time I've run a race track though as I've also done a half marathon around Silverstone, so this is another one added to my collection. It was good to beat one of our drivers out on the track too, although I'm sure Rob would be a lot quicker than me in a car!"

Airwaves BMW driver Rob Collard said:

"It was great fun to do something fun like this with the guys from the team and others from the paddock. I had the lead going round Paddock Hill bend so I thought I was on for a result, but the faster guys reeled me in round the back of the circuit. I was quite happy to come fourth though and be the leading BTCC driver home, even if none of the rest of the took part! Hopefully a good sum of money has been raised for charity and everyone who took part enjoyed themselves."

Race organiser Raphael Caille said:

"I decided to organise the race because HiQ were looking for ideas to support their Breast Cancer Care campaign and I do a lot of running myself. This was just for fun though and the people in the BTCC paddock are such a great community that I knew people would get behind it and join in. Plus it was a great experience for people to run on a famous track like this, it's not something you get the chance to do very often."

-credit: air bmw

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