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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.

All pic­tures: Jakob Ebrey Pho­tog­ra­phy

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.

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