Hill to make racing return with fellow rivals

Hill to make racing return with fellow rivals

8 May 2012 – 1996 F1 World Champion Damon Hill will make a return to racing next weekend, taking part in the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup at Brands Hatch. The series, which is part of the DTM support bill, has allowed the 51-year-old plus ex rivals Mark Blundell, Perry McCarthy, Julian Bailey and Martin Donnelly to make guest appearances for the duration of the event, with David Brabham also set to get behind the wheel.

Hill at the wheel of his title-winning FW18 in 1996
"Perry, Julian and I are coming out of retirement for this race, so we are sure to be pretty rusty," Hill explained. "But it promises to be a great weekend for all friends and family to get together and a great way to draw attention to the aims and objectives of the charity. I am looking forward to it."

"When they asked me to race with all the Rat Pack I couldn’t say no," added Blundell, who alludes to the fact that himself, Hill, McCarthy, Bailey and Donnelly rose through the ranks together. "We are all such good mates there will be a lot of banter but don’t let that fool anyone, we are all going to be really racing out there."

The drivers, who have remained close friends since their on-track battles of the past, will be raising money for The Halow project over the course of the weekend, a Surrey-based charity which supports young people with learning disabilities.

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