Ross has been invited to join British Touring car Championship leader Gordon Shedden, and a host of other motor racing stars, at Knockhill to raise money for Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) this weekend (16/17 June 2012).
The ‘CHAS Grand Prix’ will raise both awareness of the charity that supports bereaved parents and children, plus funds for its two hospices Rachel House and Robin House, and CHAS at Home Service.
Ross will drive his own Mini Max-prepared Mini Cooper in a field of identical cars, but with the unusual addition of a passenger alongside him!
He says: “I’m delighted to be invited to lend my skills and time to such an amazing event and brilliant charity. The CHAS Grand Prix promises to be not just a fun day for everyone involved, but a unique opportunity for members of the public to actually experience what it is like to race wheel-to-wheel.”
He adds: “We’ve been briefed not to go at full race pace, but I gather that last year’s event saw cars going down the main straight three and four cars abreast! That’s an exciting enough prospect for me as a racing driver, but can you imagine what it will be like for someone whose closest understanding of it will probably be just motorway driving!?”
The event takes place during the weekend’s Official Scottish Motorshow, the largest event of its kind in the country. Limited ticket sales to be in the passenger seat during a memorable ten lap race on Sunday 17 June will be donated to CHAS which supports children and young people with life-shortening conditions across Scotland. The tickets will be on sale on the day from Knockhill’s circuit office at a suggested donation of £150.
CHAS Fundraiser Rachel Cheer said: “A huge thank you to Ross and all the drivers taking part at the weekend in what promises to be an exciting event. We need to raise over £7 million every year to run CHAS services across Scotland and are thrilled to be benefitting from fundraising at the event.”