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Stars turn out for Royal Automobile Club Charity Cup
April 27, 2012

High profile names from the worlds of motorsport and media turned out to the Royal Automobile Club’s Woodcote Park on Tuesday for the first ever Charity Cup golf competition.

Damon Hill, the former Formula 1 World Champion, Derek Warwick, President of the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC), Steve Rider, the renowned sports presenter, Chris Evans, the Radio 2 presenter and Ian Wright, the former England football striker, all competed.

The winner was Derek Warwick’s BRDC President’s Team that also included Damon Hill, Jason Plato, two-time champion of the British Touring Car Championship, and double-Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain Champion Tim Harvey. The BRDC President’s Team completed Woodcote Park’s Old Course with a score of 96 points (Stableford scoring), two points ahead of the News International Team of Jim Chaudry, Steve O’Meara, Graeme Symon and Damien Saunders. In third place with 89 points was Steve Rider’s Monaco Scramblers Team, with Barrie Baxter, Tiff Needell and Eric Olson.

L to r: Jason Plato, Derek Warwick, Tim Harvey, Damon Hill and John Surtees
(Photo: John Burgess, JMB Photographic Limited)

The Charity Cup included a dinner with guest of honour John Surtees OBE, who remains the only person to have won World Championships on both two and four wheels. The evening included an auction that raised over £4,000 for the chosen charities, the Henry Surtees Foundation and BEN. This was followed by the awards, presented by John Surtees. The winners walked away with the Charity Cup trophy and a pair of exclusive sunglasses each, generously donated by Serengeti. John also presented prizes for Nearest-the-Pin to Jeremy Chinn from Prodrive and the Longest Drive hit by Andy Marshall from Team Border Reivers. Both awards were kindly donated by supporters of the event, Sky Sports.

David Wilkinson, Chief Executive and Secretary of the Royal Automobile Club said: “We are absolutely delighted with the success of our very first Charity Cup at Woodcote Park. The turnout was beyond our expectations, and we were thrilled to be able to host so many well known names from the motorsport and media industries at our Woodcote Park Old Course. We are very thankful to Sky Sports for all their support, and to John Surtees for attending the evening’s events. We are pleased both the sporting and social side of the day were such a success, and our thanks go to all the participants for supporting our two chosen charities, the Henry Surtees Foundation and BEN, so generously. We are very much looking forward to next year’s event.”

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