The fourth annual ‘Henry Surtees Foundation Team Karting Challenge’ took place at Mercedes-Benz World on Tuesday 30 June and raised an estimated £59,500 for the Henry Surtees Foundation and Brooklands Museum (before direct costs to contractors).
The prestigious event received incredible support from the worlds of business, motorsport and media. Five-time Le Mans winner Derek Bell officially started the race proceedings, which saw an impressive grid of 32 teams – consisting of 128 competitors battling it out on the Mercedes-Benz World test track for the 120-minute endurance race, each hoping to secure their place on the podium. Also pledging his time and support to the foundation was ‘Great British Bake Off’ TV presenter Paul Hollywood who flagged off the F1/F2 car parade.
The karting challenge saw exciting racing all down the field two-hour session, teams Titan and KartForce dominated the race at the front of the pack throughout. On the final lap Former Formula 1 World Champion, Damon Hill OBE dropped the chequered flag, as Titan Motorsport raced into victory securing first place, with their four-man team comprising of Martin O’Neil, his sons Jack O’Neil, Andy O’Neil and Owen Jenman
Team Manager of Titan, Martin O’Neil said: ‘we are delighted to win the ‘H Trophy once again, it’s a great event, ran on a fabulous track, with excellent commentary. We always enjoy taking part, meeting the celebrities; racing against the pro’s and helping raise money for a great cause. I’m sure we will be honing our skills in preparation for next year!’
In hot pursuit and in second place were KartForce with its team on injured servicemen Mark Allen, Martyn Compton, Danny Holland and Pete Hobbs.
Dave Player, founder of Kartforce said ‘as the lads have so many different injuries, including missing fingers and thumbs, KartForce had to design a new set of hand controls that give the lads full performance from the karts and allows them to race on a totally level playing in mainstream races. The team always look forward to participating in the Henry Surtees Foundation Team Karting Challenge and are absolutely thrilled to have secured their place on the podium, the lads are a testament to what can be achieved with British Bulldog spirit’.
An exciting dual took place between Carlin Motorsport and EFG Private Banking battling it out for the third position. EFG Private Banking completed the podium with its drivers Robert Crofton, Anthony Reid, Toby Sowery and Mark Lawrence.