- Race Against Cancer
[http://www.theraceagainstcancer.co.uk The Race Against Cancer (TRAC)] is a biennial International charity motorsport event held in Europe, conceived by Rick Osborn and Matt Roberts. Held for the first time in November 2007 in Hertfordshire, England, the concept behind the event is to bring a collection of racing drivers together to race purpose built racing karts money for
Cancer Research UK.
Despite being a competitive event, the drivers enjoy the relaxed international atmosphere and the opportunity to race drivers and riders from other formulae than their own. The event is also well known for its discerning corporate backers, including the likes of
Alpinestars, Bowers & Wilkins,
2007 - First TRAC event
The inaugural event was held at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rye_House_Kart_Circuit Rye House] , situated in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. It featured a variety of motorsport stars including reigning Euro F3 champion
Romain Grosjean, WTCC race winner Alain Menu, GP2 winner Javier Villaand MotoGP 250 winner Mika Kallio. The karts used were 100cc 2-stroke racing karts, capable of speeds in excess of 70mph. Multiple motorbike and 1964 Formula 1world champion John Surteeschampioned the inaugural event, calling for it to become a regular fixture on the motorsport calendar.
2nd - Riki Christodoulou
3rd - Matt Hamilton
3rd - Riki Christodoulou
3rd - Riki Christodoulou
4th - Thor Ebbersvik
5th - Tim Sugden
7th - Jonathan Kennard
8th - Paul Rees
Fastest Lap - Riki Christodoulou - 43.35s
Additional positons of interest: 11th
Alain Menu, 12th Romain Grosjean, 18th [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Harris_%28speedway_rider%29 Chris Harris] and 20th [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradley_Smith_%28motorcyclist%29 Bradley Smith] . James Jakes, Mika Kallio, Tom Onslow-Coleand Ben Hanleyall suffered accidents forcing them out of the race.
A date has not been confirmed for the 2009 event, however rumours are suggesting late November along with a potential European street circuit as a venue. Sources suggest venues being scouted include racing around Sicily with roads that once made up the famous
Targa Floriousing Porschetuned 2-stroke engine racing karts and over 40 International drivers. No official details have been released.
The race received much acclaimed media press coverage and was featured in Top Gear Magazine, Autosport, EVO, GPUpdate, Motorsport News, Karting Magazine, Pistonheads and more. The race was also televised and aired in June 2008, the show produced by Blueflair Productions was presented by
Emma Rigbyand featured interviews with Damon Hill, Alain Menuand Rob Huff.
; Official sites
* [http://www.theraceagainstcancer.co.uk theraceagainstcancer.co.uk] — The official site of TRAC.
* [http://www.cancerresearch.org.uk cancerresearch.org.uk ] — The official site of Cancer Research UK.
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