Henry Surtees Challenge – 7 October

HSF LogoV13Entries are hotting up for the prestigious Henry Surtees Challenge, which is taking place on Wednesday 7th October 2015 at Buckmore Park Kart Circuit, Chatham, Kent. This superb annual event is organised by f
ormer F1 World Champion, John Surtees OBE and the Henry Surtees Foundation.

The Challenge, now in its fifth year, has become an essential fixture on the racing calendar for motorsport talent aged 15 years or over wishing to give themselves that vital edge in their preparation for the 2016 season. The 2015 event is once again attracting some of the UK’s most talented young drivers from karting and cars. Early entries received include past winners Alexander Sims and Jack Aitken, the Racing Steps Foundation, and the MSA with six reserved entries from its young Academy drivers.

The event is open to both kart and car racers that are currently progressing up the motorsport ladder, to compete in the karting event and have the unique opportunity to win a spectacular range of career enhancing prizes to help aid their race programme preparation for 2016.  Drivers such as Alexander Sims, Scott Malvern, Ben Barnicoat, Oliver Rowland, Piers Prior, David Pittard (to name but a few) have all benefitted from the event and its prizes.

The event will see drivers battling it out, using the superb Club 100 Birel Karts . The top three drivers will be awarded with the prestigious Henry ‘H’ trophy title and a huge array of exclusive prizes – considered to be the best prizes ever offered at a kart meeting.  Last year 13 drivers received awards. The Racing Steps Foundation drivers very sportingly waive their right to prizes and last year’s winner, Jack Aitken, has also advised us that he would like to just race for the trophy.  Prizes will also be awarded for fastest lap, the most unlucky driver and a heavyweight prize for 80kg or above.

John Surtees said “the first Henry Surtees Challenge took place in 2010, and Buckmore Park seemed the natural venue to host it; it’s the circuit where Henry first sat in a kart, at the age of 8, but also where he had gained success. Buckmore is renowned for being a superb training ground for future British World Champions. During its 52 years; the track has seen the likes of World Champions Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button hone their racing skills along with racers Johnny Herbert, Dan Wheldon and many others. Come and join us for the finest range of career enhancing prizes available in competition and the chance to compete against some of the brightest talent in British motorsport”.


The 2015 Challenge will once again provide an excellent opportunity for talented young racers, to compete to win test drives, experiences and equipment worth thousands of pounds, in order to assist them with their racing season and enhance their motorsport career. I am delighted that the motor sport community are once again assisting this initiative”.

One of the 2014 winners, Jack Aiken said “I’d like to thank John and the Foundation for putting on such a great event for young drivers, the prizes are incomparable to any karting, or racing, competition out there.”

Prizes already confirmed for 2015 include:

  • A tour of the Red Bull racing facility for two people, with half day simulator experience and evaluation by an F1 Race Engineer.
  • Formula Renault 2.0 two day test with Manor Competition at a Spanish circuit, donated by Manor Competition
  • A two hour training session and written report donated by Andy Priaulx and izone Performnce
  • MSA Formula test (official UK FIA F4 Championship) – donated by Falcon Motorsport
  • Clio Cup half-day test – donated by Renault
  • MSA Formula test – donated by Carlin
  • A simulator session at the Ferrari Driver Academy and a Ferrari Racing Department factory tour for two people, donated by Ferrari. (Flights and accommodation not included)
  • An Arai GP-6S helmet– donated by Arai
  • A full kit of Puma race clothing – one suit, three pairs of gloves, two pairs of racing boots, one pair of running shoes and one pair of lifestyle shoes for the winner (in addition to their chosen prize), donated by Puma SE
  • Two sets of gloves and underwear, one pair of racing shoes, one pair of running shoes and one pair of lifestyle shoes for second place (in addition to their chosen prize)
  • One set of gloves and underwear, one pair of racing shoes, one pair of running shoes and one pair of lifestyle shoes for third place (in addition to their chosen prize) – Supply of Teng Tools to the value of £1,000 – donated by Teng Tools
  • Full digital branding package to the value of £1,000 – donated by 5g Creative
  • Coverage in Motorsport magazine for the winner – donated by Motorsport
  • Flights to value of £500 to compliment foreign test prizes – donated by Travel Places
  • HSF Teamwear

Plus many more prizes to be announced . . .

Entrants must be aged 15 years or over on or before 7th October 2015 and hold a current MSA or ACU licence or be a current Premier Sprint Class, Clubman Sprint Class member of Club100 or a Buckmore Park Elite Class driver. Cost of entry: £500

To register your interest, or to book a place, please email: info@henrysurteesfoundation.com

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