As we jump into the 2019 British Rallycross Championships, a motorist has jazzed up his old rally car to celebrate the centenary of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.
The racer, 55-year-old Mark Finch, has been a proud supporter of the RAF Benevolent Fund for many years, and his son Dominic is currently training to be an RAF Engineering Officer at RAF Cranwell.
This year he is racing in the 1600cc class, which is for cars built before 1991. With the iconic sky-blue paint and the charity’s red-hearted roundel, the thoroughbred rallycross car, built in 1989, has entered this year’s championships, having now completing the second round of the competition at Lydden on Easter Monday.
Rally driver, Mark Finch, said: "I have wanted to race rallycross cars since my teens, and finally three years ago I bit the bullet and have since been racing in the clubman class for the past two years.
“My decision to support the RAF Benevolent Fund in this year's competition was a definite no-brainer. With my son training to be in the RAF, I wanted to support the organisation that would be there for him during his service and beyond. Not to mention, it's a perfect way to celebrate the charity's centenary."
Charlotte Barmby, Regional Fundraiser at the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: "In our centenary year the RAF Benevolent Fund has pledged to support even more people by doubling the number we help. That will only be possible thanks to supporters like Mark who help spread the word about how the Fund can help the RAF Family. For 100 years, the Fund has been there for serving personnel, veterans and their families, whenever times are tough."
Watch the video from the race at Silverstone below
Round 1, 24.03.19 Silverstone (done)
Round 2, 22.04.19 Lydden (Easter Monday)
Round 3, 22.06.19 Pembrey
Round 4, 23.06.19 Pembrey
Round 5, 26.08.19 Lydden (August BH Monday)
Round 6, 21-22.09.19 Pembrey (two-day event)
Round 7, 26.10.19 Croft
Round 8, 27.10.19 Croft