Jack Rawles invited to join Charity Karting Event at 2014 Autosport Show
The 2014 Autosport International and The Performance Car Show in association with Autocar and PistonHeads.com took place at the Birmingham NEC on 9th-12th January 2014. The show is a great place for traders, motorsport enthusiasts and competitors and always provides a great platform for networking and keeping track of the sport’s latest technology, which is always beneficial for the season ahead. As well as everything you could possibly need to participate in motorsport the show also featured many motorsport stars , to mention a few – John Surtees was present as he starts the 50th anniversary celebrations of his 1964 Formula One World Championship with Ferrari; Adrian Sutil joined the show ahead of his move to Sauber F1 Team; The British Touring Car Championship was represented by newly crowned champion Andrew Jordan and former BTCC champions Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden; Martin Brundle was present reviewing the 2013 season and looking forward to 2014. As well as the stars, the show also enables you to get up close and personal with some of the fastest and most famous cars from the world of motorsport. In fact every level of motorsport is represented from karting, motorbikes, race cars, rally cars and land speed record vehicles. F1 Cars were displayed representing every team in the FIA Formula One World Championship, cars from the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship were on view, the Rally feature was represented by cars driven by Sebastian Loeb, Colin McRae and Richard Burns. Beyond the stars and cars there was a lot to see and do and we had a full and tiring day. For a few more pictures please take a look at our Facebook Autosport International Show photo album.
The highlight of the Autosport International Show, for Jack Rawles, on Friday 10th January 2014, was to be invited to participate in the Autosport International Karting Challenge. This invitation only race was the third Autosport International Karting Challenge to be organised to celebrate the life and achievements of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and 2005 IZOD IndyCar Series Champion Dan Wheldon, who died in a racing incident in October 2011. The Kart challenge was also to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society, a charity close to his heart after his mother’s diagnosis. The event consisted of 25 Teams battling for top place in a 3 hour endurance race. Jack Rawles and his fellow drivers named their team Fast6 and were headed by BTCC driver Adam Morgan. They started 11th and finished 12th, battling and racing as competitvely as they would in any motorsport championship- everyone likes to win but nobody can deny that for Jack Rawles this was a great experience, an honour to be invited and for a fantastic cause. For pictures of the event take a look at Jack Rawles Racing Facebook Page or pictures taken by the motorsport photographer Jakob Ebrey.