Mission Motorsport, the Forces’ Motorsport Charity and the British Automobile Racing Club stage a triumphant 4th Race of Remembrance at Anglesey Circuit on Remembrance weekend
- Charity for Wounded, Injured and Sick ex-servicemen lead a poignant Remembrance tribute
- 45 teams contested 12 hour endurance race at the Anglesey circuit
- 13 MM racers across 7 teams, over 40 beneficiaries in total working in teams throughout the race, with a Supercar event that reached over 80 servicemen and women – veteran and serving
- US Army, US Marines and US Air Force as well as Canadian veterans participated alongside their British counterparts as ‘Operation Motorsport’ is launched
- Jaguar F Type SVR #Poppycar art car was Race of Remembrance Safety Car on Remembrance weekend – and led the field in for a poignant remembrance service in the pitlane
One of Mission Motorsport’s most popular events, ‘Race of Remembrance’, got bigger this year as it returned once more to Anglesey in North Wales on 10 – 12th November. 45 teams, over 150 drivers and a full grid embraced the unique format 12 hour endurance race at the cliff top circuit.
The race included touring car and GT professionals, racing side by side with beneficiaries from the charity as UK club motorsport grasps the opportunity to race into the darkness, around the clock as a celebration of the charity’s sporting year. Winning the Caterham class, the relay ‘Team SKF’ prevailed, with the leading ‘Heroes Trophy’ car a Lotus run by Rob Boston Racing and driven by a team of stuntmen taking the endurance prize.
The Mission Motorsport cars also did well, the charity celebrating securing jobs for wounded veterans with Honda Manufacturing in Swindon with the build of a unique “Type CRV” – a racing CRV developed in the MM workshops and run by a team of three novices, two of whom are amputees. The car ran faultlessly and secured a remarkable podium in the Invitational class. With two further MX-5 entries and two Citroen C1 race cars also being run by Mission Motorsport crews, the charity was delighted to swell the ranks with US and Canadian counterparts from the Canadian based “Operation Motorsport” a non-profit launched to replicate the success of Mission Motorsport in North America.
Now in its fourth year, Race of Remembrance has built up a reputation as one of the key events in the UK racing calendar. During the three day event, 45 teams compete in a 12 hour endurance race with more than 120 drivers competing in the relay-style race, or by racing in a single endurance car for the Heroes’ trophy. The off-track activity ensures a fun and social event for all, including a formal Heroes’ Evening Dinner in the main marquee, but in the true spirit of the charity the event was not just about racing. At 11am on the Sunday morning racers, teams, officials and spectators gathered on the racetrack for a very special remembrance service, supported by a Welsh male voice choir and attended by hundreds of service men and women, veterans, their families as well as civilian supporters.
Despite its name, the racing element of Mission Motorsport represents a very small percentage of the charity’s work. Supported by some of the largest automotive manufacturers, military charities and many other key sponsors, the team co-ordinates and provides motorsport as a recovery activity for military personnel. Once engaged the real work begins, the charity is a certified provider of training and helps its beneficiaries gain the qualifications they need to return to work. The team then acts as Relationship Managers to the industry, securing vocational opportunities for the wounded, injured and sick, supporting the charity’s mission to: ‘Race, Retrain, Recover’.
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