The best of British young motorsport talent came together at Buckmore Park circuit on 8th October to compete in the Henry Surtees Challenge, sponsored by Ford.
Current Fortec Motorsports Formula Renault Eurocup racer and BRDC Rising Star, 19 year old Jack Aitken, won the event amongst some extremely tough competition.
The event, organised by former F1 world champion John Surtees OBE, brought together drivers from all classes of motorsport in their 15th year and over. All 39 competitors in the ‘Henry Surtees Challenge’ ran on Bridgestone wet tyres for practice and qualifying because of torrential rain. With the weather picking up in the afternoon, the superb Club100 Birel karts were set to race on slicks. Following a thrilling day of extremely competitive racing, the top six drivers were presented with a prestigious Henry ‘H’ trophy and the top eleven finishers with some of the best prizes offered at a UK kart meeting.
Jack Aitken, Winner, 2014 Henry Surtees Challenge received the top Henry ‘H’ trophy, a full kit of Puma race clothing donated by Puma SE, and a tour of the Carlin Motorsport facility, seat fitting, simulator testing session with a race engineer and a Formula 3 Dallara Volkswagen test, donated by Carlin Motorsport. Jack said “It was another amazing day. It is my third year competing in the Henry Surtees Challenge and I shall be back next year for sure. I’d like to thank John and the Foundation for putting on such a great event for young drivers… it is also a wonderful way for us to remember Henry.”
In a generous decision taken by the Racing Steps Foundation, its supported drivers Ben Barnicoat and Oliver Rowland donated their prize positions to the next placed driver on the time sheets. Ben Barnicoat, who received the prestigious Henry ‘H’ runner-up trophy, said: ”I have had a great day! At last, I have been able to get a blue ‘H’ trophy that everyone wants. I shall be back again next year as it is for such a great cause.”
Ross Gunn, third place, received Henry ‘H’ trophy, two sets of gloves and underwear, one pair of racing shoes, one pair of running shoes and one pair of lifestyle shoes, donated by Puma SE and chose the Formula Renault 2.0 two day test with Manor Competition at a Spanish circuit, donated by Renault UK and Manor Competition. Kyle Fowlie, fourth in competition but third placed prize recipient, received Henry ‘H’ trophy, one set of gloves and underwear, one pair of racing shoes, one pair of running shoes and one pair of lifestyle shoes donated by Puma SE and chose the BRDC Formula 4 test, donated by Hillspeed.
The ‘Hard Luck’ trophy was presented to Alexander Simms who said; ”It’s been another really fun day. In the race I got overtaken, a lot, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and all whilst raising funds for the ‘Henry Surtees Foundation’ and supporting John, which is very important to me.”
John Surtees, OBE, HSF Founder: “Once again we had extremely competitive racing with lots of talents from different categories of Motorsport. The event not only helps to raise funds for the Foundation, but also offers the young drivers a chance to win prizes that will help them to prepare their motorsport programmes for next year. I’d like to thank all of our supporters who very generously provide an unbelievable array of prizes, and everyone at Buckmore Park and Club100 for their support.”