Mission Motorsport launch to deliver rehabilitation opportunities to injured service personnel

The official launch of “Mission Motorsport” a new organisation that uses motorsport to deliver rehabilitation opportunities to injured service personnel, took place at Thruxton Circuit yesterday.Formed by a dedicated group of serving soldiers, officers and Motorsport professionals; Mission Motorsport’s mission is to aid in the recovery and rehabilitation of those affected by military operations by providing opportunities through Motorsport.After a number of very successful events in 2011, the organisation has today been granted charitable status by the Charities Commission and British racing legend Sir Stirling Moss OBE has been confirmed as the charity’s first patron. Mission Motorsport has exiting plans for 2012 which include a driver development program, including skills training, coaching and licence acquisition.  A fleet of race and track cars have been prepared, and will be developed and maintained by the servicemen as they train and campaign in a number of race disciplines.  The charity is planning to enter the Britcar 24hr race, the 25hr Fun Cup race at Spa Francorchamps as well as a full season entry in the Superstock Powerboat championship in the P1 class.Through engagement in the sport – the charity has a secondary aim, to open up a series of vocational opportunities, placements and secondments for injured servicemen considering a return to civilian life.  In addition it was confirmed today that Mission Motorsport will work with Bentley Motors to set up its first industrial placement later this year.James Cameron, co-founder and Director of Mission Motorsport said:“The formal launch of Mission Motorsport and the confirmation of our charitable status is a landmark achievement for us.”“We know from first-hand experience that participating in motorsport offers an incredible rehabilitation opportunity”“We’re therefore delighted to be able to take our project forward and deliver a full programme of activities this year.  With Sir Stirling and Bentley already on board, we’ve the chance to really make a difference to the lives of those affected by military operations”Christine Gaskell, Member of the Board for Personnel at Bentley Motors said:“Everyone at Bentley is aware of the sacrifices made by our armed forces and the challenges many servicemen face adapting to life after service.  So when we were approached by Mission Motorsport we jumped at the opportunity to work with them”“With the entire Bentley operation taking place at our site in Crewe we are able to offer a wide range of opportunities that reflect the skills and experience of the individuals”.About Mission Motorsport1.  Mission Motorsport has been officially appointed as the British Army's provider of adaptive motorsport following a very successful year in 2011 establishing the principle.  The new organisation will work with the Defence Recovery Capability, Help for Heroes, Battleback and the veterans of Help for Heroes’  ‘Band of Brothers’ to deliver stimulating, constructive and competitive activities ranging from high level racing to educational programs and vocational opportunities in partnership with the UK’s automotive industry.2.  Mission Motorsport’s activities can be divided into three main themes.a.  EXPERIENCE: Days out, privileged access to big events and in a first hand, front seat, white knuckle introduction to an exciting and engaging sport.b.  COMPETITION: The preparation, development, coaching and teamwork involved in competition is a hugely cathartic experience.  By engaging in track racing and offshore powerboating we engender a real team ethos.  It is about much more than just the driving - car and boat preparation, logistics, support and race management all present challenges to be overcome.    This can greatly help in the rebuilding of an individual's confidence and provides emotional as well as practical support.c.   EDUCATION AND TRAINING:  Mission Motorsport provides a range of training courses and educational opportunities to suit the needs of individuals.  These range from one day basic car maintenance courses at our workshop near Tedworth House; to a motorsport foundation course culminating in a residential placement working with a major race team.  Our powerboat crews will be provided the opportunity to gain RYA qualifications up to Instructor level or a City & Guilds in seamanship skills.  In 2012 we have mechanic placements with race car manufacturers and race teams, including a team racing at Le Mans - the pinnacle of endurance motor racing.

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