Silverstone visit for MND sufferer

Back row from left: Chris Davison (driver), Neil Tofts (driver),Neil Penson, Darren Sarson, Martyn Sarson and Richard Davison (driver 3). 'Front row from leftt: Tom Sarson and Craig Sarson
Back row from left: Chris Davison (driver), Neil Tofts (driver),Neil Penson, Darren Sarson, Martyn Sarson and Richard Davison (driver 3). 'Front row from leftt: Tom Sarson and Craig Sarson
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A motor-racing fan who is living with motor neurone disease met a racing legend at Silverstone last Sunday.

Craig Sarson, from Silverstone, was invited to the home of British motorsport oto watch the final of The Walter Hayes Trophy, a race weekend which features Formula Ford 1600 cars.

Australian racing driver Chris Davison and his brother Richard, who were promoting the work of the Northampton-based Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association by running logos on their cars, spent time talking to Craig and his sons while showing them around the garages and pit lanes.

Craig said: “Being diagnosed with MND was a bombshell. It has changed everything. I hadn’t even heard of it until I was diagnosed. I am now in a wheelchair and have had to pass my business over to my sons.

“I have lived in Silverstone for over 30 years and have spent a lot of time going up to the circuit. We had a brilliant day – it was very interesting.”

Chris and Richard were also promoting Racing4MND, a fundraising website set up by former racing driver Neil Cunningham, who is also living with the disease.

Another driver, Neil Tofts, also offered his support, as his friend Phil Newby has MND.

Chris said: “As I had become aware of the Racing4MND program through Neil, an old racing buddy, I thought our visit to Silverstone may give us the opportunity to repay the support we have had over the years by carrying the MND logos on our cars.”

James Beckett, who runs the annual event, said: “Neil Cunningham is a true hero of Formula Ford and we were pleased to be able to support Racing4MND and the work of the MND Association by running the association’s logos on our cars.

“As ever, the atmosphere was incredible and the 5,000 spectators were treated to some fantastic racing.”