Racing ahead to raise funds

April 19, 2017

Winton Motor Raceway is hosting 24 hours of Le Mans-style racing to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

Forty-six teams have entered the long-running parody race of the original French Le Mans 24-hour race, starting on Friday night and running until Saturday night.

Winton operations manager Wayne Williams said some of the teams would be heading to the Commercial Hotel on Bridge St East on Friday night ahead of the race to fundraise for the cause.

‘‘We’re putting aside 24 hours for this race and it’ll be a lot of fun,’’ Williams said.

‘‘All the teams have to be themed and dressed up. For example, we have the Winton Angels out there as part of it.

‘‘So we’re going into Benalla and we’ll park the cars that are racing up behind the Commercial (Hotel) on Friday.

‘‘So get down to the foreshore and we’ll be raising some money to go to prostate cancer research.’’

Williams said it was a chance for the racers to have a go on a famous race track and have some fun with friends while also raising money for a good cause.

‘‘If we catch you going too fast or too slow, you’ll be fined,’’ he said.

‘‘All fines go towards (the) Prostate Cancer (Foundation of Australia).

‘‘The entry fee covers the track hire and insurance, after that all proceeds go to the foundation.’’

Cars being entered can not be worth more than $999, with the objective of the race to go as far as possible and for as long as possible.

‘‘This is the second time we’ve run it now. The first time we had about 10 or 15 cars. But we’ve got 46 entries this year,’’ Williams said.

‘‘There is no winner in this one, it’s not about winning or losing, it’s about the charity.

‘‘We get a lot of people come out to watch bits of it. We want as many people as we can, involved on the foreshore.

‘‘They can catch up with a Winton Angel and they can help out with the cause.’’

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