DAYTONA MILTON KEYNES HOSTS EPIC ‘BILLYWHIZZ’ QMC FUNDRAISER KART RACE
- Billy Monger and motorsport friends turn out for mega kart fundraiser
- £7000 and counting raised for QMC Helipad Appeal
- 19 teams take it to the max at Buckinghamshire’s top kart track
Billy Monger and other leading lights from British motorsport turned out on Monday 17th July at Daytona Milton Keynes to help raise funds for the ‘BillyWhizz’ QMC Helipad Appeal. Organised by fellow racing driver, Alice Powell, the event saw an impressive grid of 19 teams each with three drivers, take to Buckinghamshire’s top kart track for a thriling evening of on-track action which resulted in £7000 (and still counting) raised for the charity.
Following his horrific accident at Donington Park in April, Billy was airlifted to the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre at Queens Medical Centre (QMC) for life-saving treatment after the crash. This appeal seeks to raise funds to build a new Helipad on the roof of the hospital so that patients will be treated more quickly through reducing the vital transfer time (from 15 to less than five minutes) from the helicopter to the Major Trauma Centre.
Last Monday’s one-and-a-half-hour endurance at Daytona’s flagship Milton Keynes venue, saw a heart-warmng show of support from the motorsport community as well as terrific racing right from the outset with all 57 drivers vying for victory. When the chequered flag fell on the flat-out, closely fought race, it was ‘Virtus Motorsport who took the honours, followed by ‘Two Fatboys’ in second and ‘Team Infinity’ in third.
At the end of the evening, a number of great prizes went under the hammer including unique Formula One memorabilia signed by Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg. All of the money raised will support the Nottingham hospital’s Helipad Appeal which is estimated to cost a total of £3.2m once completed.
Billy Monger says , “Monday night at Daytona is really what the racing community is all about by showing support for good cause that needs our help.
“The event was fantastic and thanks so much to Alice (Powell) for organising. It was great fun to watch some of the best talent throughout different realms of motorsport thrashing it out over an hour and 30 minutes – it was incredible. The racing was some of the finest I’ve ever seen and the atmosphere was surreal! My only disappointment was that I couldn’t be racing myself.
“I’d like to thank everone that came and especially my surgeon and his team for turning up and having a go despite the fact they’d never been karting before! Next year, we are going to have special awards for newcomers and bandits – any suggestions welcomed and accepted!”