HOLLYWOOD came to Brooklands as Great British Bake Off star Paul took to the circuit during the fifth annual Henry Surtees Foundation team karting challenge.
An avid two and fourwheel enthusiast, Mr Hollywood joined motor sport legend John Surtees during the event on Tuesday July 5, which raised around £60,000 for the foundation.
The celebrity chef and judge tried the 500cc fourcylinder MV Agusta, made famous by Surtees in the late 1950s, before completing a few laps in his 250hp Kawasaki.
For the team karting challenge a grid of 32 teams and 128 competitors lined up on the Mercedes-Benz World circuit.
Sports car racing driver David Brabham, son of triple Formula 1 champion Jack Brabham, officially started the 120-minute endurance race, which featured corporate entries, media and motorsport teams.
After two hours of intense racing, team Titan – Martin O’Neil, his sons Jack and Andy, and Owen Jenman – was first over the line.
Mr O’Neil said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have won the karting challenge. It was a great battle with multiple teams throughout the race but thanks to a great strategy and consistency on the track, we managed to bring home the victory.
“We always support the event as its one of the highlights of our year; it keeps getting better and better.
“The Henry Surtees Foundation team organised and planned the day with Daytona Motorsport, they all did a fantastic job of preparing the karts and marshalling the race.”
Second place went to the Worldsport Management with its team of Graham Sharp and Racing Steps Foundation drivers Ben Barnicoat, Jack Harvey and Jake Dennis, while in third spot was the leading corporate team of Choctails and its drivers Simon Delamare, George Turner, Alex Burgess and Fernando Moreira.
Other events on the day included John Surtees driving a Lola T70, kindly loaned by Martin Birrane, to commemorate the anniversary of him winning the inaugural Canadian-American Sports Car Championship in 1966.
David Brabham took to the track in a Jon Fairely Brabham BT11/19 to commemorate his father’s Formula 1 World Championship in 1966 – the first time David had driven this specific vehicle.
The Henry Surtees Foundation was set up by John Surtees following the death, aged 18, of his son Henry while he competed in a Formula 2 race at Brands Hatch in 2009.
The foundation aims to raise funds to support accident care, with particular emphasis on head injuries, and help educate and train young people with motorsport-related programmes in technology, engineering and road safety instruction for two and four wheels.
Paul Hollywood met John Surtees during his visit to the ‘Henry Surtees Foundation Team Karting Challenge’ at the Mercedes-Benz World Circuit, Brooklands.
Team Titan, the overall winners: Martin O’Neil, his sons Jack and Andy O’Neil and Owen Jenman.
John Surtees drove a Lola T70 to commemorate the anniversary of him winning the inaugural and prestigious Canadian-American Sports Car Championship in 1966.
TT racer Stuart Graham.