Article date: 17 August 2007
RAC has announced that they are to hold the inaugural "RAC Charity Track Day Challenge" event at Rockingham on 28 August, with celebrities including James Cracknell, Andy Scott-Lee and Michelle Scott-Lee (nee Heaton), joining Team RAC drivers Colin Turkington and Tom Onslow-Cole to help raise funds for the Caudwell Children charity.
The celebrities will be competing head to head in a variety of motoring tests at one of the most high profile circuits in the UK including high speed single seater racing, rally driving, 4x4 and even a tyre change challenge.
Helping out on the day will be the full support of Team RAC, including drivers Turkington and Onslow-Cole, who currently stand fifth and tenth respectively in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
Michelle Heaton, said: "It promises to be a very exciting day and all for a wonderful cause which is so close to my heart due to my role as an ambassador for Caudwell Children. Having experts on hand in Team RAC will make it a great experience for everyone taking part and I can't wait to get behind the wheel on the day!"
Colin Turkington, said: "I'm delighted to be supporting the RAC Charity Track Day Challenge. It's for a fantastic charity in Caudwell Children and anything we can do at Team RAC to give something back to people not as privileged as ourselves is an honour to be involved with. I'm sure the celebrities attending will have a superb day, and hopefully I can pass on a few tips and words of advice to help them out!"
Alastair Pegg, director of RAC marketing, commented: "We're very excited about our RAC Charity Track Day Challenge and it promises to be a wonderful day for all involved. We felt it only right that as sponsors of Team RAC we used our motorsport expertise to assist a very worth cause this season.
"The event also corresponds with our ‘RAC to the rescue' campaign, which we have integrated into our sponsorship activity this season. Through this we've assisted a wide variety of audiences including our drivers, motorsport fans, media and now charities. I'd like to thank Rockingham for all their assistance in the event, the celebrities for their support on the day and Caudwell Children's charity, who I hope thoroughly enjoy the day."
Caudwell Children is a national children's charity, which provides direct donations of treatment, therapies, equipment and dying wish holidays to all special needs children across the UK. What makes the charity unique from any other UK charity, is that all of the administration and management costs are paid for by the charity's founder and chairman, former Phones4U owner John Caudwell. This ensures that every pound raised goes direct to the children.
Trudi Beswick, chief executive officer for Caudwell Children, added: "We are delighted that RAC have chosen us as the dedicated charity for their Charity Track Day Challenge event.
"We would like to thank all of the celebrities who will be taking part in the event on behalf of the charity for giving up their time, which will help us raise vital funds to help even more special needs children in the UK. "
RAC are also giving fans the chance to enter a competition to win a place on a team on the day. To enter fans should visit teamrac.co.uk.
Celebrities confirmed to attend on 28 August (as of Friday 17 August) are:
- Andy Scott-Lee
- Michelle Scott-Lee (nee Heaton)
- Jason King (Radio 1's JK)
- James Cracknell
- Chris Bisson
- James Alexandrou.
For further information please contact:
Steve Stammers / Nina Cresswell / Jonathan Neill
0207 908 6488
Notes to editors:
Limited places are available for media to join a celebrity team and compete in the Track Day - please contact Lexis Sport asap.
Media wishing to attend on the day for celebrity interview and picture opportunities should also contact Lexis Sport in advance.
Free for use photography from the event will be available from Lexis Sport.
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