ESRG Group is delighted to have sponsored Pinky the Porsche, a competitor in the 2015 Dunlop 24 Hour Race at Silverstone Race Track. ‘Pinky’, a Porsche 968, was driven by Team CHF500, raising money for the Children’s Heart Federation.
Pinky was the oldest car competing in the endurance event, with qualifying lap times placing it at the back of the field in 28thposition. The 22 year old Porsche outperformed faster cars with its staying power over the distance, finishing in a very respectable 12th place. Of all the competitors, Pinky had the most consistent performance over the 24 hours.
Jonathan Evans, a trustee of the Children’s Heart Foundation and one of the team drivers, approached the ESRG Group Director David Evans, who was only too delighted to get involved. Speaking of the sponsorship deal, David said “We know Jonathan as both a valued client and a business contact, so when he contacted me regarding the event, I realised what a great opportunity it was for ESRG to contribute to such a good cause. Based on Jonathan’s dedicated involvement with the CHF, how could we say no? We all feel incredibly proud of the part we played, with the total raised standing at £114,000”.
All four drivers have a shared history with the car, whether building, owning, or racing it. Ben Demetriou, Paul Follett, and Alex Eacock were in agreement with Jonathan Evans when he compared racing to the work and aims of the CHF – “Beating heart disease is all about teamwork, just like endurance racing. This satisfying result is testament to a great team of drivers, pit crew and sponsors. Each team member did their utmost to achieve the best result for a wonderful organisation that supports so many sick children every year. Prepared by EMC Motorsport, the Porsche ran faultlessly throughout the event, outlasting much quicker cars, including two 911s. We have much to be proud of today.” The day was particularly special for 25 heart families, who were invited to the event as special guests. Not only did they enjoy the hospitality and other attractions based around the race, they also met Pinky – each kid who sat in the driver’s seat made the car a little bit luckier!
The race may be over, but the fundraising still continues. Building on the £114,000 raised through the ESRG Group and other sponsors, the Team CHF500 JustGiving page is still live for donations (www.JustGiving.com/Team-CHF500) .