The first 12-hour charity race for the RAF took place at The Race Hut Oxford last week and what an event it was! With 12 hours of frantic, well fought racing around the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in GTE machinery ahead, the RAF Race was sure to be a classic and it didn’t disappoint!
The all-day event was all focused around raising money for some fantastic charities supported by RAF Brize Norton which included:
- RAF Benevolent fund who provide support for both serving personnel and veterans in their time of need
- RAF Association who supports the families of both serving and veterans
- Oxfordshire blood bike group SERV OBN who are a volunteer rapid response medical transport service delivering blood, platelets, plasma, breast milk & other urgent medical items out of hours, to the NHS free of charge, across the Oxon, Bucks, Berks & Northants regions.
With the grid order for the 12-hour race being decided by money raised prior to the event it was an interesting first lap as carnage ensued! After the first lap shenanigans, the initial running order was established and a few of the leading teams showed their cards early by pulling a gap. The lead order changed throughout the following hours with strategy and pace playing a part in deciding the race! As is usual in endurance racing at The Race Hut – some teams opted for minimising pit stop time by completing longer stints with slower lap times to save fuel, whilst others just purely went flat out!
Alongside the racing itself, charity fundraising was also done through online auctions for sporting memorabilia and on our spare simulators through other racing challenges!
Heading into the final few laps of the race we saw three battles for position, even after having completed over 300 laps! One of these was decided into the final chicane on the last lap with a fantastic last gasp lunge!
“It was a huge success with everyone saying how much they enjoyed themselves. We will definitely be looking at another #RAFRace event again next year!” – Sgt Neil Roberts.
The Race Hut Oxford were very happy to be able to host such a fantastic event which raised over £2000 for charity, which will help many lives inside and outside of the RAF’s stable.