VW Golf R Stars in Race of Remembrance
Olympic hero and Le Mans star, Sir Chris Hoy, and Paralympic gold medallist Jon-Allen Butterworth took to the wheel of a race-prepped Golf R to take part in the Mission Motorsport Race of Remembrance at the Anglesey circuit in south Wales. The gruelling 1,000km race ran for nine hours through Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, pausing for the nation-wide two-minute silence between 10:45 and 11:15am on Sunday.
Hoy and Butterworth were joined by British Touring Cars ace, Tom Onslow-Cole, Paul White and Jade Evans. Butterworth was only confirmed as part of the five-man crew the week before the race, having gained his ARDS racing licence in the nick of time.
The race itself kicked off on Saturday 12th at 4pm, running for three hours as the light faded and halting at 7pm. It recommenced on Sunday at 9am, pausing for half an hour during the 11am remembrance period and finally finishing at 3:30pm that afternoon. 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.
Of the drivers taking part in the Race of Remembrance, 40 were veterans of conflict that had been wounded in service. Mission Motorsport itself 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’s Golf will be put to good use in the coming years.
CEO of Mission Motorsport, 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.”