Here’s what I discovered when first tackling this incredible event, which uses motorsport to rehabilitate people affected by their time in military service amazing things, amazing things,amazing things
Recently, I took part in Mission Motorsport’s Race of Remembrance. It’s a unique 12-hour endurance race held every November at Anglesey Circuit, to celebrate this incredible charity’s ‘Race, Retrain, Recover’ manifesto in one amazing event.
The racing is intense but the community spirit is inspiring. Mission Motorsport beneficiaries – amputees included – driving cars, fixing cars and benefitting left, right and centre from a support network built around a common love of motorsport. And then stopping for a couple of minutes to remember fallen comrades. Here’s what I learned from my first Race of Remembrance outing…
1. Racing is awesome, even when it goes really wrong
There really is nothing – nothing – on four wheels like circuit racing. My job at Race of Remembrance was hired hand, given I’ve raced MX-5s a few times before and would be comfortable in the Paul Sheard Autos-prepared BRSCC MX-5 Supercup NC we’d been assigned. Under the steely leadership of ex-Royal Marine Commando Ali Bradie our driving team-comprised Mission Motorsport trustee Richard Solomons and two beneficiaries of the charity’s work – ex-infrantryman Matt Noakes and former RAF Chinook engineer Ben Norfolk. And me, the supposed expert. Guess who spun it into an axle-deep muddy puddle on the outside of turn one and had to be towed out?