Just two weeks after taking part in the first leg of a mammoth cycle ride which raised over £40,000 for his charity, Damon Hill took to four wheels for the first time in 13 years at Brands Hatch this weekend!
Along with other members of the former “ratpack”, which included Mark Blundell, Julian Bailey, Martin Donnelly, Perry McCarthy and honorary member David Brabham, Damon raced in the Volkswagen Scirocco R Cup at Brands Hatch on Saturday, as part of the DTM support bill. As guest drivers, they raised over £10,000 for halow project, the charity which Damon helped to found to support young people with a learning disability.
Cloudy skies gave way to a brighter afternoon at the Kent track, where Damon was surrounded by fans and autograph hunters, keen to see their hero in action again.
Having qualified 12th for the race, Damon set off well and gained a couple of places, but was tagged at the infamous “Druids” hairpin and again just after the bend named after his father. A visit to the pits ensued, and Damon gamely tried to continue racing, but unfortunately the damage was too severe and he retired.
David Brabham said “It’s always good to give charities the opportunity to raise both money and awareness and it was great getting Damon out of retirement to raise money for such a good cause”.
Damon, who was quickest in practice, was naturally disappointed not to finish the race was still in good spirits at the end “We’ve had a lot of fun today, it’s been a great plug for halow and I’d just like to say a big thank you to all the legends for taking part and specially to Volkswagen for their support. It’s been a really good weekend and a big success for halow.”
halow is a young, vibrant, organisation that works with young people aged 16-35 with a learning disability, communication difficulty or special need with varying degrees of severity. halow is passionate that the people it supports have the right to expect the same life experiences and opportunities as any other young person.