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Le Mans kart team raise £10,000 for BEN

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A team of four experienced go-karters have raised £10,000 for automotive charity BEN by completing the Le Mans 24 Hour Kart Race

They completed well in excess of 1,300 laps of the track - the equivalent distance of Lands End to John O'Groats.

The team share a common bond in that they all work in the automotive industry and therefore appreciate the support services BEN provides to colleagues, and their dependents, in times of need.

They are also grateful to Manheim, BCA Auctions, Fleet Assist and Aston Barclay Auctions their main sponsors, all of whom also backed the team in 2012.

Mike Smith, team captain of Racing4BEN, summed up the experience: “Driving that sort of distance in a comfortable saloon car would be tiring but an hour and three-quarter stints in a go-kart is about as far removed as you can get.

“It's an effort just getting out of the kart, everything seizes up, your bruises have bruises and you know you'll be doing it all again in a few hours!'

“Knowing you're raising over £10 per mile for an amazing charity is a great motivator though and we are all determined to make it three in a row next year and raise a lot more money for BEN.”

Kelly Neal, events and exhibitions manager at BEN said: “Having raced a kart for 30 minutes in one of our organised BEN events I know just how uncomfortable those machines can be. On behalf of everyone at BEN and the thousands of people we help each year I would just like to say thank you for an incredible achievement.”

Picture caption: Mike Smith, Duncan Metcalfe, Alan Green and Kris Jackson


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