Dreams of beating a Formula One champion will bebrought one lap closer to reality this March at The Circuit, a one-off, high-octane event organised bychild-protection charity the NSPCC. For the sum of £1,500,racing enthusiasts can join one of six teams – steered by celebrity captainsincluding British F1 heroes Mark Blundell and Damon Hill, and former English rugby union player Austin Healey – that willrace six cars acrossfour tracks at PalmerSport’s Bedford Autodrome.
Dashing from the pit lane, drivers willraceagainst the clock in an Ariel Atom (second picture), before taking the wheel of a BMW M3, aPalmer Jaguar JP-LM (third picture) and a Caterham 7 Superlight (first picture). Next, an intense off-roadLand Rover challenge will command absolute concentration, with points scored bybringing the windscreen and wing mirrors of a Defender into contact withsuspended targets around the course. Drivers competing for the best lap data ofthe day will also push a Formula Jaguar’scentralisedsix-speed paddle gearshift to the extreme: 250bhp at 6,500 rpm. As a gloriousmemento, racers will be presented with front and rear-facing DVD footage oftheir Jaguar session.
Pit-stops for a two-course lunch and afternoon teawill be followed by a charity auction for lots including a two-seater PalmerJaguar JP-LM ride with one of the aforementioned former racing drivers.The total ticket price will be donated to the NSPCC, which helps to protectvulnerable children through its projects and services, including ChildLine.
Booking is now open for the 92 spaces open to guests. Competitors must have held a full driving licence for at least ayear, with under 21s requiring separate insurance and permission from the venue’s general manager. There will be 120 challengers for the top spot, but keeping Damon Hill in rear-view will demand nothing less than sixthgear when speeding down the home straight.