Media Release: Hines To Support Celebrity Karting Challenge At Autosport International

Harlow, Essex – Wednesday, January 5, 2011; British sportscar star Luke Hines will be getting his 2011 racing season off to a flying start as the 28 year-old pledges his support to David Brabham’s Celebrity Karting Challenge, taking place at Autosport International 2011 on Thursday, January 13.

Staged once again in the Live Action Arena of Europe’s largest motorsport show at the NEC Birmingham, the epic charity kart race is once again set to attract some of the best celebrity racing drivers while offering members of the public the special chance to race alongside them. Fresh from an impressive GTC class debut in the American Le Mans Series with Paul Miller Racing, Hines earned recognition as one of Europe’s most promising drivers in 2010 by leading the category field in every race he competed after only his second team outing. Currently busy securing his racing contract for the forthcoming season, the Essex based driver has rearranged his international schedule to allow him to join the Celebrity Karting Challenge. Organised by Racing4Charity’s Bill Williams and Le Mans sportscar legend, David Brabham, the 2011 Celebrity Karting Challenge will raise awareness and funds for the Starlight Children’s Foundation (www.starlight.org.uk), which grants wishes to seriously and terminally ill children and also entertains sick children in hospitals and hospices across the UK. A cause not far from Hines’ heart, as his step-sister Kelly sadly died after battling with cancer aged just 13. The fantastic charity event, which has raised over £151,000 at Autosport International in the last three years alone, has previously attracted top sportscar icons such as Allan McNish, Emanuele Pirro, Guy Smith, Marino Franchitti and Johnny Mowlem, and the 2011 event promises to be no different. “Race schedule commitments have prevented me from taking part in David’s Celebrity Karting Challenge in recent years but it’s always a brilliant event and it will be a pleasure to support the 2011 race. It’s always good fun to get back in a kart and what better reason than to raise money for charity?” said Hines. “The Racing4Charity kart race has become a great event and it’s an honour to help raise funds for the Starlight Children’s Foundation this year. I could be at a slight disadvantage weight wise but I don’t think I’ll be alone in that problem after Christmas! Although it’s a charity event, with the calibre of drivers it always attracts competition promises to be fierce. I’m sure it will be a great experience and the event will succeed in raising vital funds and awareness for the charity.” There are just a handful of places left for this year’s race. Members of the public can still join the action for just £300, which includes two tickets to Autosport International, by contacting Bill Williams at bill@racing4charity.com or call 0044 (0)7712 578263. For further information visit www.racing4charity.com and for Autosport International news and ticket information, visit www.autosportinternational.com. -Ends- Notes to Editors Luke Hines will be attending Autosport International on January 13-16, 2011. To arrange a media interview please contact emma.spearing@hazelpr.com For further ticket information and to keep up to date with all Autosport International news and information, visit www.autosportinternational.com. Media Contact Emma Spearing, Hazel PR: Mobile: +44 (0)7736 341828 E-mail: emma.spearing@hazelpr.com

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