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Fleet trio go the extra lap for BEN

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Fleet industry motorsport enthusiasts have competed in a European 24-hour kart race raising funds for automotive industry charity BEN.

The team consisted of Mike Smith, joint managing director of Fleet Assist, Duncan Metcalfe, international remarketing manager at business mobility specialist Alphabet, and Alan Green, remarketing manager at leasing and fleet management company LeasePlan UK.

This is the third year the team have competed in the race which saw them achieve their best result in the event. They finished 10th in their hire pro-kart class and 27th overall with 45 teams competing across three categories.

Smith said: "We have raised more than £20,000 for BEN in the past two years and with sponsorship money still to come in following this year's event we hope to raise a further £10,000.

"The race is both fantastic and exhausting.  In practice we race in temperatures reaching 31 degrees celsius and during the race it rained making conditions very challenging; at 60kph it is like driving on ice.

"We were up against professionally organised teams with full-time drivers so to compete in a hire kart and achieve our best result in 24 hour race was an incredible achievement.

BEN's regional development manager Kerry Whitaker added: "It is absolutely fantastic that for the third consecutive year Mike has assembled his team of petrol heads to race in support of BEN.

"Mike is a real ambassador for BEN and both he and Fleet Assist have raised a lot of money for the charity.  They are great supporters and their contributions will again enable us to help more automotive people in need."

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  • David Kershaw - 06/08/2014 12:55

    Mike, Duncan, Alan and to all those that supported the team, a big thank you from BEN for your continued support

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