Local car enthusiasts joined David Brabham at the Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans last week to raise money for the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation.
The event was organised by the Lions Club of Guernsey and the money raised for the charity will go towards The Burrow, a long-term project supported by Investec that provides accommodation near Southampton Hospital for families with poorly children.
‘It was a fantastic event and a real honour to support the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation as the work they do is very close to my heart,’ says Mr Brabham. ‘It was interesting to be driven by the owners and to be able to give them tips on their driving and lines before giving them all some hot laps as passengers in their own cars. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it and have huge grins on their faces by the end of the day!’
14 different cars supplied by various sponsors were driven throughout the day before a charity auction took place later that evening. Some of the items auctioned included an Andy Priaulx race suit, a David Brabham helmet, a Caterham Cars weekend hire voucher and a day at Sunseeker with a factory tour.
‘The purpose of the event was to have some fun and raise as much money as possible for a charity that makes a real difference to many local families,’ adds Stuart Butler of the Lions Club. ‘We are delighted to have achieved both as the day was a success and we were very lucky with the weather! It was exciting for all of us to have David Brabham on board, especially as he aims to come back to Le Mans with the return of the legendary Brabham Racing team for its first 24 hour race.’
‘The Burrow is a project that will support families during difficult times as a reassuring and comfortable environment is exactly what worried parents and their little ones need,’ explains Andy Priaulx, co-founder of the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation. ‘Thank you to everyone who was involved in the track day, your efforts will contribute to making this project a reality.’