Thursday, 28 June 2012

Soccer legend joins the Silverstone grid

Soccer legend Steve Bull, MBE, is the latest star name to join the grid for the special fund-raising Celebrity Challenge race being staged at this summer’s Silverstone Classic powered by the AA (20-22 July).

Like the Silverstone Classic, Bull is a record breaker having scored an unprecedented 306 goals in a 13-year career with Wolverhampton Wanders. He was also capped 13 times for England between 1989 and 1990, scoring four goals.

Having been forced out of the game by injury in 1999, Bull is now ready for a new sporting experience when competing in next month’s star-studded Celebrity Challenge taking part on the full Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. The 47-year-old marksman successfully passed his ARDS test last week to qualify for an official MSA Competition Licence. Now he is ready to take his place alongside a host of personalities from showbiz, sport, TV and music all racing in lightweight, competition prepared Morgan sportscars capable of topping 130mph.

“It’s not just about winning,” says the Wolves goal scorer. “It’s about doing something that not many people get the chance to do. It’s a one-off opportunity and a massive tick in the box. I’ve got medals and lots of other trophies but coming to Silverstone is something else. When I’m watching the Grand Prix I’ll be able to say I went round there in a Morgan!”

While excited to be joining a grid that includes a host of famous faces such as award-winning chef Heston Blumenthal, Hollywood actor Sir Patrick Stewart, BBC Sport presenter Andrew Castle, legendary rocker Brian Johnson from AC/DC and Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole, the soccer star doesn’t rate himself as natural racing driver.

“I haven’t done any track driving,” he admitted. “At home I drive my big 4x4 around leisurely, just enjoying life. I’m actually quite a careful driver, so hopefully this will be good for me. I’ve just got to get used to the car and see how it goes.”

The special Celebrity Challenge takes place on Saturday 21 July and will raise funds for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK and the RPJ Crohn’s Foundation.

Adult tickets for 2012’s Silverstone Classic powered by the AA (20-22 July) cost from as little as £35 (plus booking fee) and special two- and three-day weekend tickets are also available with savings of up to 20 per cent if purchased in advance. Full details are available via the event’s official HYPERLINK "http://e2ma.net/go/11609114144/4166337/113240288/39710/b64/aHR0cDovL3d3dy5zaWx2ZXJzdG9uZWNsYXNzaWMuY29t" www.silverstoneclassic.com website.