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GRAND DAY OUT FOR BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION AT NEC CELEBRITY KART CHALLENGE Leading UK charity the British Heart Foundation is 1,000 GBP better off thanks to the efforts of four of the country's most talented young saloon car racing drivers on ...

GRAND DAY OUT FOR BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION AT NEC CELEBRITY KART CHALLENGE

Leading UK charity the British Heart Foundation is 1,000 GBP better off thanks to the efforts of four of the country's most talented young saloon car racing drivers on Friday, 11th January, during the annual BP Ultimate Celebrity Kart Challenge at Birmingham's NEC.

Andrew Bentley (Northampton & Barnard Castle, Durham), Michael Doyle (Gartocharn, Scotland), Andrew Herron (Dromore, Northern Ireland) and Paul Rivett (Banstead, Surrey), who all competed in the prestigious ELF Renault Clio Cup championship in 2007, finished an excellent third overall in Friday's 90-minute endurance race.

With 22 teams entering the event and prize money going to the top three only, the stakes were high during the race which is due to receive television exposure on digital satellite and cable channels Men & Motors and Motors TV in the coming weeks.

The British Heart Foundation was also supported by a crack team of Formula Renault UK racers in the event, Riki Christodoulou (Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands), David Epton (Preston, Lancashire & Fleet, Hampshire), Alexander Sims (Wansford, Peterborough) and Dean Smith (Wolverhampton) all challenging for a podium finish too.

During qualifying for the event, the Calamity Clios team encountered problems with their kart and were forced to start the race itself from last position. In contrast, the FRUKing Quick entry scorched to pole position thanks to a stunning lap from Riki Christodoulou.

Fortunes for each team reversed in the race though. The Formula Renault UK entry endured more than its fair share of bad luck, eventually coming home in 15th position, while the Clio Cup squad benefited from an excellent opening stint from Andrew Herron before sealing a podium finish during the closing minutes to earn 1,000 GBP for the British Heart Foundation.

Commenting on the efforts of both BHF-supporting teams Donna Stokes, BHF Fundraising Manager, said: "I am really proud of the two participating teams, they put so much effort in and achieved a fantastic result. The money raised will help us to continue our vital life saving work in the treatment and prevention of heart disease."

Heart and circulatory disease is the biggest cause of premature death in the UK with Cardiovascular Disease responsible for almost 40 per cent of deaths. Coronary heart disease, the main form of CVD, causes almost 120,000 deaths each year in the UK which translates to approximately one in five deaths in men and one in six in women.

-credit: marc-orme.co.uk

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Drivers Dean Smith , Paul Rivet , Michael Doyle , Alexander Sims , Riki Christodoulou