Henry Surtees karting event raises £58,000
26 June 2013 – An estimated £58,000 was raised for the Henry Surtees Foundation during the 'Henry Surtees Brooklands Team Challenge' kart event at Mercedes-Benz World on Tuesday. The meeting, this year staged for the second time, is organised in memory of the late Henry Surtees, who lost his life during a Formula 2 race at Brands Hatch in 2009.
Established racers including Mercedes reserve driver Sam Bird and McLaren GT3 star Alexander Sims were in attendance, taking part in the headline two-hour kart race won by Team Avago's Ross Wylie, David Sutton, Edward Brand and Sennan Fielding.
Preceding the race was a demonstration of cars used during the Formula 1 career of Henry's father, John Surtees. This included the TS7, the first F1 car John ever made and raced at Brands Hatch in 1970 - driven by himself; the TS14 of Mike Hailwood from 1973 driven by Sims; the TS19 driven by Bird and the 1933 Napier-Railton.
An auction was also staged, alone raising approximately £14,000 for the foundation, with a vast selection of motorsport items being donated including a six-person tour of the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, a pair of Felipe Massa's racing gloves and a Porsche 911 Carrera (1997) model from Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.
"What was so nice was the enthusiasm shown," John Surtees reflected. "We had a mixture of professional drivers and amateurs of all ages, which this type of event brings together, but they had one common aim of coming along - enjoying themselves and contributing to the event and its objective of raising funds for Henry’s Foundation."