One of Britain’s most successful Olympians, Sir Chris Hoy, raced a Volkswagen Golf R to third place in its class in the annual Race of Remembrance at the weekend. Hoy was joined in the car by ex-Royal Air Force Paralympian Jon-Allan Butterworth, who won a gold medal at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro in the summer.
Completing the line-up was the trio that won the Race of Remembrance in 2014, former British Touring Car driver Tom Onslow-Cole, Paul White and Jade Edwards. The five-driver crew was only confirmed in the week prior to the race when Butterworth passed his ARDS racing licence test, which allowed him to take part in the event at Anglesey Circuit in North West Wales.
The Race of Remembrance is a challenging 1000-kilometre, nine-hour event that runs across the weekend. The 2016 edition included 150 drivers, of which around 40 were veterans that have been wounded in combat. The race started at 4pm on Saturday and ran for three hours, then re-started on Sunday at 9am. It then stopped for a remembrance service from 10.45am until 11.15an, which included a two-minute silence. The race concluded with a further on-track session from 11.15am until 3.30pm.
During the nine hours of on-track competition the Volkswagen Golf R run by the Mission Motorsport charity completed 256 laps, finished third in class and was classified in 19th overall out of the 45 teams that entered. They also set the fastest lap of all 150 drivers in the race.
CEO of The Forces’ Motorsport Charity, James Cameron, was delighted with the weekend: “Race of Remembrance has grown year-on-year, and to have one of Britain’s greatest Olympians join Britain’s greatest military Paralympian in a Mission Motorsport car on the grid has been incredible. Sir Chris has been an absolute star, and an asset to the team, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming him back next year.”
Mission Motorsport had over 50 beneficiaries taking part in the Race of Remembrance, including 12 who were behind the wheel in eight different teams. The new Milltek-sponsored Golf R gives the charity the ability to open up motorsport to a wide audience, including disabled drivers. With over 1000 beneficiaries through the doors in less than five years since the charity launched, Mission Motorsport is excited by the Volkswagen’s addition to its fleet.