Duncan has first 2007 success in celebrity race
Monday, January 15th, 2007
Duncan made his 2007 motorsport debut count when he took a victory in a celebrity karting event.
The venue was the Autosport International Racing Car Show held at the NEC near Birningham. Duncan was drafted in to help out British DTM (Deutschen Tourenwagen Masters) drivers Susie Stodart and Jamie Green and karter Nigel Green. They raced as the ‘Ich Leibe DTM’ team in the BP Ultimate 102 Unleaded Celebrity Kart Challenge, given that the majority of the drivers are racing in the prestigious German based Touring Car Championship.
Each of the 15 teams competing were made up of a variety of stars such as Le Mans sportscar legends David Brabham and Jonny Mowlem, British Touring Car drivers Rob Collard and Fiona Legate as well as Louise Goodman, the F1 pit lane reporter, who got behind the wheel herself for the event. The race pitched drivers from various classes of motorsport against each other with the additional incentive of the winnings going to the charity nominated by the team themselves.
The racing was fiercely competitive as it could only be with 45 professional drivers on a track but Duncan’s team woked together well and made their way up fom last on the grid to take the chequered flag after 75 minutes of frenetic racing. The deserving cause to benefit from his efforts is Cancer Research UK.
Duncan is now in the final stages of planning his second assault on the UK Formula Renault Championship with a new team and details will be announced shortly.
He said: “It was a great honour to be racing with such inspirational drivers and really good knowing that I was on the pace with them on the track. Charity events are always good fun but they can be even more competitive than normal races!
“Some of the drivers were obviously desperate to win and weren’t going to be easy to pass but we managed to get to the front without having to resort to some of the more dubious maneouvres that were going on out there.
“I’m looking forward to being able to announce my plans for this year but as ever financial backing is always key. I think the event this weekend is a good demonstration of how I can get involved and give something back to sponsors so if anyone – or any company out there – would like to consider investing in me please contact me for a Partner Information Pack”.