Mission Motorsport today announces former Special Forces operator Jason Fox as the latest driver to sign up for the 7th Race of Remembrance this coming November.
Best-selling author, star of hit television series ‘SAS: Who Dares Wins’ and co-founder of veteran charity Rock to Recovery, Jason is turning his hand to another form of endurance; motor racing.
Whilst Jason is known for his physical ability on the battlefield, endurance racing will test him in a new environment.
Concentration, coordination, mental agility, patience and aggression are just some of the skills required for long stints in the race seat.
No stranger to driving vehicles quickly and tactically in most environments, Jason is yet to do so amongst a grid of 50 cars, lap after lap.
Like many drivers, Jason will be competing in a car with a Mission Motorsport beneficiary pit crew, alongside private teams, but also charity beneficiary drivers in cars that are also run by beneficiaries.
Mission Motorsport helps those who have been affected by service by helping them to re-engage with others through motor sporting events and activities.
The focus is then to assist and signpost vocational opportunities in order to become self-sufficient and support their families. Then with stability at home and at work, the process of recovery can begin. Race. Retrain. Recover.
Race of Remembrance is best described as a Remembrance service with a 12-hour endurance race bolted on the back of it.
Beneficiaries, volunteers, drivers, pit crews, marshalls all blend in to one mass of solidarity over the weekend, making it difficult to ascertain if anybody is actually competing against each other in anger, such is the level of cross garage teamwork and camaraderie.
Friday is qualifying. 3pm Saturday the race starts and goes on into the darkness, racing pauses at 9pm and starts again at 9am the following morning.
Then, at 10.45am on Sunday, racing stops once more and 800+ bodies form up in the pit lane with the backdrop of the Irish Sea and Snowdonia National Park for one of the most poignant remembrance services that anyone can attend.
At 11am and with the last falling notes of The Last Post/Reveille played by the bugler, emotions high with adrenaline, the call “Let’s go racing!” is made.
The remaining four hours are some of the best moments on tarmac one could hope to witness in motor racing.
Registration for Race of Remembrance 2020 is now open for all private and factory teams, and there are some sponsorship opportunities available. Please email email@example.com
Mission Motorsport – The Forces’ Motorsport Charity
The Forces’ Motorsport Charity, whose motto is “Race Retrain Recover” is MoD’s competent authority for motor sport as a recovery activity, and is a Royal Foundation (the charitable trust of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) and Endeavour Fund initiative.
A Service Charity and a member of the Confederation of Service Charities, Mission Motorsport has an award-winning collaborative model of working with government and the other service charities. It is funded by service charities as well as by industry partners and independent fundraising.
Working as a partner of the MoD’s Career Transition Partnership, the charity helps those leaving the military to find employment in the automotive industry. A City and Guilds, IMI and LANTRA training provider, Mission Motorsport’s Training Wing delivers Level 3 Diploma courses and full apprenticeships enabling service leavers to bridge the gap between military service and second careers as civilians, beyond injury.
In its eight years of operations, Mission Motorsport has delivered more than 6000 training days of sport for 2000 wounded, injured or sick beneficiaries, leading to over 400 placements and over 200 jobs. Through working with industry, the Charity’s wider veteran employment programs have paved the way for over 2000 veterans into employment in the Automotive Industry.
for more information visit www.missionmotorsport.org