Rupert Deeth, a Mini Miglia racer from Cambridge, is celebrating after receiving a £250 donation from the MARS REFUEL Drink Fund.
After four years of racing competitively, Rupert had to give up his passion at the age of 25 due to lack of finance.
Now 40, Rupert was re-introduced to the sport last year by a friend, Peter Baldwin who is five times Mini Miglia Champion. Last month he achieved pole position in qualifying and came 2nd in both his races at the Snetterton 300 Circuit.
There are 12 races in total throughout the season all taking place at different circuits across the country, all the results count towards the championship. Rupert is currently 4th in the championship with four races remaining, the next being at Thruxton on the 18th and 19th August 2012. The Mini Seven Racing Club has a friendly atmosphere and is a close-knit community which is keen to expand and help new members to participate in this popular motor sport.
Rupert says: “After spending so long unable to race, it is fantastic to be competing again in the sport I enjoy so much. Race entry fees are really expensive and this award from the MARS REFUEL Drink Fund will help me to continue to take part.”
A recent survey conducted by chocolate milk drink, MARS REFUEL, revealed that the main barriers preventing people from taking part in sport are a lack of motivation and cost.
The MARS REFUEL Drink Fund was set up to help individuals and clubs play their chosen sport for longer. Applicants for support such as equipment, coaching, pitch time and travel expenses can be made online at www.marsrefuel.com.
The MARS REFUEL Drink Fund, which runs until September 30 2012, has one Gold (£1000), four Silver (£500) and eight Bronze (£250) awards to donate each month and is open to residents of, and clubs and organisations based in the UK and Republic of Ireland only. Applicants must be 13 years or over and only one application will be accepted per person, club or organisation.
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