Richard Burns Foundation funds Spinal Track’s Rally Expansion

Richard Burns Foundation funds Spinal Track’s Rally Expansion

RBF to fund two new hand-controlled rally car to Spinal Track’s existing fleet of track cars for disabled drivers

> RBF to fund the addition of two rally cars to the Spinal Track competition car fleet

> Spinal Track is an established charity operating hand controlled competition cars to enable disabled drivers to experience motorsport

> The capital funding of Spinal Track’s first rally cars will mark the end of an eleven-year era of charitable activity in memory of the former World Rally Champion, Richard Burns

Reading, 23 March 2018. The Trustees of the Richard Burns Foundation today announced that the charity had made a major donation to enable Spinal Track to extend its fleet of hand-control competition cars for disabled drivers from circuit racing into rallying. This contribution marks the end of the Foundation’s charitable activities undertaken over the past eleven years in memory of the 2001 World Rally Champion.

Spinal Track is the brainchild of Andrew Bayliss, a MSA-qualified rally instructor and Nathalie McGloin, a Dare to be Different Ambassador & FIA Commission President and the only tetraplegic female race driver in the world. Derived from Nathalie’s experience navigating her way to racing following a C6/7 complete spinal injury in 1999, and Andrew’s professional capacity as a competition driving instructor, Spinal Track offers aspiring disabled drivers a free immersion in the world of competitive motorsport.

Spinal Track has, until now, focused its support for disabled drivers around track days and circuit activities, offering instruction in hand-controlled cars informed by Nathalie’s experience campaigning a Porsche 987 Cayman S in the Porsche Club Championship. The capital donation from RBF will enable Spinal Track to diversify the opportunities for disabled drivers to freely experience a competition car not just on the track, but now on the rally stage too.

The funds will help the charity acquire and convert two Toyota GT86 rally cars that will bear the familiar orange livery intimately associated with Richard’s competition career. The cars will be the foundation for the Richard Burns Spinal Track Rally Experience which will be dedicated to providing a gateway for disabled drivers to take charge of a rally car under Spinal Track’s skilled tuition and mentoring.

Accepting the funds from the Richard Burns Foundation and commenting on the creation of the Richard Burns Spinal Track Rally Experience  Nathalie said, “Spinal Track has made great strides in a few short years, but this capital donation from the Richard Burns Foundation marks a step change in the opportunities we can now offer aspiring disabled drivers – and we are honoured to be able to associate Spinal Track’s new rally programme with the 2001 World Rally Champion.”

The RBF Trustees have made this donation as a fitting end point to over a decade of fund-raising in Richard’s memory and the Foundation is asking its supporters and benefactors to focus their continued generosity and assistance towards Spinal Track’s new rally initiative.

Since 2006, the Foundation has been blessed with inordinate support from the public at large. Squarely founded on the love and affection felt for Richard by friends and fans, RBF has raised over £1m for more than twenty immensely deserving causes over this period – from the Make a Wish Foundation to Headway, Wings for Life and the Teenage Cancer Trust, alongside a long and enduring relationship with the Brain & Spine Foundation.

Aside from its debt of gratitude to its many donors and its army of loyal volunteers, the Foundation also owes Duke of Richmond and the Goodwood Estate its heartfelt thanks for providing the charity with a prominent and recurring association with the Festival and Revival every year.

Commenting on the end of an era rich in celebration of Richard Burns’ life, his former girlfriend and RBF Trustee, Zoe Scott said, “The Richard Burns Foundation was some small answer to the large question posed by Richard’s untimely death. I am proud of what our volunteers, charity partners, corporate patrons and ultimately our donors have achieved in Richard’s name over the past eleven years. It is now an appropriate juncture to call time on our work, celebrate what has been achieved in his name and pass the baton to Spinal Track, a brilliant and fitting initiative that really does have the power to change lives. I am confident that it is something of which Richard would have approved and we wish Nathalie and Andrew the very best.”

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RBF – Over a Decade in Numbers

Founded:                             2006

Funds raised:                      £ 1,030,95

Patrons:                               5 (Robert Reid, Marcus Gronholm, Guy Wilks, Marino Franchitti, Markko Martin)

Charities Supported:           Youth Cancer Trust, Teenage Cancer Trust, Make a Wish, Lewis Hamilton Trust, Headway, Wings For Life, Hope for Tomorrow, Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance, Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice, Halow, RAF Benevolent Fund, D-Day Revisited, Roberts Centre, Chichester Boys Club, Wales Air Ambulance and Brain & Spine Foundation

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Events attended:                 11 amazing years supporting Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival, Rally Day, Wales GB, Pirelli International Rally at Carlisle and RAF Marham Rally

A huge thank you for all your support and amazing efforts over all the years.