|A very happy serviceman in a very fast car!|
The official launch of “Mission Motorsport” a new organisation that uses motorsport to deliver rehabilitation opportunities to injured service personnel, took place at Thruxton Circuit yesterday (1st March 2012).
Formed by a dedicated group of serving soldiers, officers and Motorsport professionals; Mission Motorsport’s mission is to aid in the recovery and rehabilitation of those affected by military operations by providing opportunities through Motorsport.
After a number of very successful events in 2011, the organisation has today been granted charitable status by the Charities Commission and British racing legend Sir Stirling Moss OBE has been confirmed as the charity’s first patron. Mission Motorsport has exiting plans for 2012 which include a driver development program, including skills training, coaching and licence acquisition. A fleet of race and track cars have been prepared, and will be developed and maintained by the servicemen as they train and campaign in a number of race disciplines. The charity is planning to enter the Britcar 24hr race, the 25hr Fun Cup race at Spa Francorchamps as well as a full season entry in the Superstock Powerboat championship in the P1 class.
Through engagement in the sport – the charity has a secondary aim, to open up a series of vocational opportunities, placements and secondments for injured servicemen considering a return to civilian life. In addition it was confirmed today that Mission Motorsport will work with Bentley Motors to set up its first industrial placement later this year.
James Cameron, co-founder and Director of Mission Motorsport said:
“The formal launch of Mission Motorsport and the confirmation of our charitable status is a landmark achievement for us.”
“We know from first-hand experience that participating in motorsport offers an incredible rehabilitation opportunity”
“We’re therefore delighted to be able to take our project forward and deliver a full programme of activities this year. With Sir Stirling and Bentley already on board, we’ve the chance to really make a difference to the lives of those affected by military operations”
Christine Gaskell, Member of the Board for Personnel at Bentley Motors said:
“Everyone at Bentley is aware of the sacrifices made by our armed forces and the challenges many servicemen face adapting to life after service. So when we were approached by Mission Motorsport we jumped at the opportunity to work with them”
“With the entire Bentley operation taking place at our site in Crewe we are able to offer a wide range of opportunities that reflect the skills and experience of the individuals”.