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Air base plays host to car racing thrills

Published Date: 11 August 2009
By Daisy Wallage

FAMILIES will be flocking to RAF Marham this weekend for the annual Richard Burns Memorial Rally.
The jam-packed, two-day event, starting on Saturday, will feature Royal Air Force displays, classic cars, stalls, games and special guest Rupert Grint, the young actor who plays Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films.

For petrol heads, there will be a multi-stage rally providing amateur drivers the chance to compete against some of the world’s top rally drivers, including Markko Martin, on the runway and roads around the base.

All eyes will be looking up on Sunday when visitors can expect flypasts from the Red Arrows display team and the Battle of Britain memorial flight.

The event raises money for The Royal Airforce Association, The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund , The Bomber Command Fund and the Richard Burns Foundation.

Rally driver Richard Burns died of brain cancer in 2005 aged 34 and the foundation was established in his name to inspire and support people with serious injury and illness.

The Richard Burns Foundation also incorporates the Michael Park Fund, set up in honour of Richard’s long-time friend and fellow competitor, who died in an accident during Wales Rally GB in September 2005.

Last year’s event raised £36,000 for the charities, which help to support RAF personnel past, present and future.

Working in partnership with personnel from RAF Marham, the Lynn and District Motor Club will transform the station’s runways and link roads into more than 100 miles of competitive stages.

Improvements for 2009 include spectator viewing access to the paddock area, where the teams will carry out their rapid servicing and emergency repairs.

Up to 120 teams are expected to enter this year and the Estonian former World Rally star, Markko Martin, will defend his 2008 title.

Other notable British Rally Champions, Mark Higgins and Guy Wilks, along with Sky commentator Neil Cole, and TV presenter Mike Brewer, are also set to attend.

Tickets are on sale at and cost £8 in advance or £10 on the gate. Children aged 16 and under go free.

The gates open at 7am and free parking is available. Visit the website for any further information.

Article found here on LynnNewsI Published August 11, 2009

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