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Harry Potter star starts RAF Marham car rally

More used to flying cars than rally cars, Harry Potter star Rupert Grint waved a flag as the roar of engines filled the runways of RAF Marham for the start of the Richard Burns Memorial Rally today.

A starting line-up of 92 motors set-off off on an eight stage course over two days around the slip lanes and runways of the air base in memory of world championship rally driver Richard Burns, who died in 2005.

Spectators lined the track as the drivers and their navigators set off to pit their skills against some of the best in the world.

Mr Grint is spending the weekend in Norfolk with his family who are all at the rally watching 19-year-old James, Mr Grint’s brother, who has recently taken up the sport.

Mr Grint said: “It’s quite a new thing for him. He is just getting started, but he has got a natural ability.”

“I wouldn’t have a go. The cars go really fast so it’s not something I am brave enough to do.

“I trust his ability though. So far he hasn’t had any accidents.”

He added that he had been to Norfolk a few times for other rallies in the county.

The Richard Burns Memorial Rally was started last year by Sgt Chris Daykin, of II AC Squadron in memory of his friend who had been to the airbase to fly in a tornado.

Sgt Daykin said: “There are similarities in running a rally to running a fast jet. It’s the speed and the team work between the navigator and the pilot and the navigator and the driver.”

“This is something you don’t see everyday. It’s unique to Marham and it’s unique to Norfolk. It is quite a spectacle.

The rally concludes at RAF Marham tomorrow (Sunday). Racing starts at 9am and the Red Arrows will be taking to the skies for a 14.29 flypast. There will also be a Lancaster Flypast at 4pm. Tickets purchased on the gate will cost £10. A concessionary price of £5 is available for MOD pass holders with display of service passes on the gate.


Article found here on EveningNews24.co.ukI Published August 15, 2009

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