Mission Motorsport Returns to Anglesey for Iconic Race of Remembrance

Mission Motorsport Returns to Anglesey for Iconic Race of Remembrance

Over the Remembrance Sunday weekend, Mission Motorsport descended on Anglesey Circuit in North Wales for the iconic Race of Remembrance. The annual event, now in its third year, saw 43 teams dusting off their race suits several weeks after the end of the racing season to be there.

The 1000km race started on the afternoon of Saturday November 12th, and ran into the dark before coming to a stop at 19:00. After restarting on Remembrance Sunday morning, the unique event paused at 10:45 for a special Remembrance Service in the pit lane, restarting after the silence at 11am before the chequered flag was waved at 15:30.

This year, some interesting faces were amongst the drivers. Driving the Mission Motorsport Milltek sponsored VW Golf were Sir Chris Hoy, racing drivers Tom Onslow-Cole and Jade Edwards, and Mission Motorsport beneficiary and Paralympic Gold Medallist Jon-Allan Butterworth, who had only passed his ARDS test 3 days earlier.

The Mission Motorsport teams involved over 50 beneficiaries, including 12 race drivers as well as pit crew, logisticians, managers and photographers. Mission Motorsport entered 3 other cars into the race with the charity’s beneficiaries were also involved in 5 other teams. Workshop Manager and beneficiary Brian Love was invited to drive in the Synchro Motorsport team in their Honda Jazz,  James Webley, former MM Workshop Manager (now employed as Production Supervisor at Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations) built and raced a BMW 320 with Corporal Russ Anderson, while Gary Dunning raced the Mazda MX-5 of Team TWP.

The Occupational Therapy team from the University of Northampton also joined the event to enable those in need of greater support to access the weekend’s excitement. The team provided support for beneficiaries in need, helping those struggling with the emotions of the weekend. Not for the first time, for some the Remembrance Service that interrupts the race was the first one they had attended since attending repatriation ceremonies for comrades killed in action.

On Remembrance Sunday, after 9 hours of intense racing, the Synchro Motorsport Honda Civic crossed the line, completing 1000 kilometers of racing. The prestigious ‘Heroes Trophy’ was taken by Charles Graham and Wade Eastwood in the Datum Motorsport Lotus Elise.

James Cameron, CEO of The Forces’ Motorsport Charity, said: “Race of Remembrance has grown, year on year, and to have Britain’s greatest Olympian join one of ours, Britain’s greatest Military Paralympian, in a Mission Motorsport car on the grid has been incredible. Sir Chris has been an absolute star, and an asset to the team, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming him back next year. With over 50 beneficiaries taking part, 12 of whom were behind the wheel in 8 different teams, the new Milltek sponsored Golf DSG gives the charity the ability to open motorsport up to a wide audience, including the disabled. With over 1000 beneficiaries through the doors in less than 5 years since the charity launched, the team is excited by the addition to the fleet.”

Sir Chris Hoy commented: “What a brilliant weekend.  I was keen to help Jon-Allan, who did an amazing job in his first ever motor race, but I’m humbled by the incredible work that Mission Motorsport do. Very proud to have been past of this special event.”

The Race for Remembrance team stopping for the 2mins silence
The Race for Remembrance team stopping for the 2mins silence
Sir Chris Hoy and Jon-Allan Butterworth
Sir Chris Hoy and Jon-Allan Butterworth