It may have been a somewhat soggy Thursday in March, but the rain did not stop celebrities including former Formula 1 driver Mark Blundell, rugby star Austin Healey and boxer Joe Calzaghe take to the track to raise almost £100,000 for the NSPCC by taking part in The Circuit – an exclusive event featuring fast cars and action-packed racing.
The event, which took place at the PalmerSport Bedford Autodrome, featured six teams led by celebrity captains who battled it out on the track, all in aid of the NSPCC. Competition on the track was fierce, with teams racing each other to take the chequered flag and the title of champions of The Circuit 2013. In the end the team led by Austin Healey and Formula 1 racing driver Karun Chandhok was victorious, taking home the trophy and the coveted title.
Guests experienced an adrenaline-fuelled day of racing, putting pedal to the metal on purpose-built tracks behind the wheel of top-of-the-range cars including a Caterham 7 Superlight, Ariel Atom, BMW M3 GTP and a single seat Formula Jaguar.
Throughout the day, guests were also invited to bid on a range of exclusive auction lots, including high octane super-rides in a two-seater McLaren MP4-12C with professional racing drivers Rob Huff, Tiff Needell and Tim Mullen which prompted heated bidding and eventually fetched almost £5,000.
Other celebrities supporting the day included Falklands veteran Simon Weston OBE, TV personality Carol Smillie, top Touring Car driver Paul O’Neil, former racing driver Tommy Erdos and Brazilian racing driver Luiz Razia.
Speaking about the event, former Formula 1 driver Mark Blundell, said: “We had a fantastic day of racing, with guests pushing a range of high performance cars to their limits, all to help raise vital funds for the NSPCC. There was a lot of friendly rivalry out there on the track with professional racing drivers taking on celebrities and guests in a race to be crowned Champions of The Circuit 2013. It’s been a real privilege to be involved in this event, and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to raise almost £100,000 for the NSPCC – a charity I’m proud to support”.
Eel Pie Films are making a short programme about the day to be broadcast on ESPN this summer.