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Team competes in Le Mans 24 hour karting race in aid of BEN

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A four-man team from the motor industry will take part in a go-kart race on the Alain Prost circuit at Le Mans next month, in aid of automotive industry charity BEN.

The race, which will take place on July 7, is the karting version of the Le Mans 24 hour race.

Having raised over £10,000 for the charity in the 2012 race the team is hoping to find as many sponsors as possible to help beat this figure as they attempt to cover over 1,400 laps in the day/night race that is a true test of endurance for man and kart.

The team is captained by Mike Smith of Fleet Assist in Huntingdon who will share the 2 hour racing stints with Duncan Metcalfe of Alphabet and Alan Green of Leaseplan. By race day a large number of individual and business sponsors will have made their entry possible and worthwhile but the team are primarily indebted to Manheim for their financial support.

Smith said: "Given the success of last year’s race, and despite the pain we were in, we decided immediately to come back this year to better our finishing position and, more importantly, our fundraising total. Being part of the motor industry and knowing how important BEN is to thousands of our colleagues is all the incentive we need to reach our targets."

Event and exhibitions manager at BEN, Kelly Neal, said: "We run some amazing events every year and raise significant sums of money for our charity but what this team achieve in 24 hours is quite outstanding. On behalf of BEN I wish them luck on reaching both their targets."

Donations can be made by visiting http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/racing4BEN.

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