After making its highly successful debut at Daytona in 2014, organisers vowed to make it an annual event – and to the delight to all those that attended, this year’s fundraiser is on course to bring in the region of £50,000 as donations continue to pour in. On top of the £50,000, Russ Lindsay, Caron’s husband of 14 years, presented Gloria with a cheque for over £25,000 from the Celtic Manor Celebrity Cup weekend. Gloria and the Foundation would like to say a very big thank you to Russ and everyone involved in both events and also all those who donated via JustGiving etc. It is just a fantastic amount to receive.
Saturday’s sunny weather conditions greeted over 200 guests, friends and TV stars including Anthea Turner and Gloria Hunniford. Daytona Sandown Park is considered to be one of the UK’s best outdoor kart venues and is well-versed in hosting events of this magnitude. Easily able to accommodate up to 300 drivers at any one time, the facility boasts two tracks including a 900 m Grand Prix circuit and has fleets of karts ranging from juniors (5 years and upwards) right through to professional adult and 80-mph DMAX’s for experienced adult karters.
At the wheels of Daytona Motorsport’s dynamic fleet of RT8 Sodi pro-racing karts, the 20 teams with four drivers each, faced a new format for the 2015 #Kart4Caron contest. Instead of just one 2.5 hour marathon, the races were split into a one 1.5 hour endurance and one 40-minute sprint and to spice things up even further, a real Formula One pit-stop challenge was thrown into the mix. Using a genuine F1 chassis, the teams’ mettle was really tested as they competed against each other in a timed ‘Grand Prix style’ fastest wheel-change.
A team of professional drivers, including MSA Formula’s Sam Brabham, Manuel Maldonardo – karting cousin of F1’s Pastor Maldonardo – former F3’s Rupert Svendsen-Cook and BTCC’s, Jack Clarke, took part in a pro-versus-pro race of their own as well as laying down the lap-time ‘gauntlet’ for the karting enthusiasts.
The VIP track-side marquee ensured superb viewing for teams and their guests whilst they enjoyed first-class hospitality throughout. A dinner and awards ceremony followed the races and the evening concluded with a moving speech by Foundation Patron and Caron’s mother, Gloria Hunniford, who talked about the invaluable work undertaken by the charity to help those affected by cancer. An auction followed including many unique and ‘money can’t buy’ items including a Caron Keating self-portrait – the last picture she painted; VIP Celtic Manor Celebrity Golf tickets, a luxurious South African safari trip, a David Coulthard signed TW Steel watch and a signed race suit from BTCC ace Gordon Shedden.
Infinity Media’s Russ Lindsay, Caron’s husband of 14 years and a key organiser of #Kart4Caron, is delighted. He says, “Following the success of our inaugural event here last year at Daytona Sandown Park, it’s great to hold it again both bigger and better. With the support of our sponsors HONDA and Corpacq as well as the staff at Daytona Motorsport, we have raised nearly an amazing £50,000. I would like to thank everyone for attending and making the day such a huge success for Caron’s Foundation.”