Benjamin Gautrey Foundation teams up with Thundersport GB, IN Competition and Donington Park Racing to stage an 'Academy Day' for all Aprilia Superteen competitors, both new and existing at Donington Park all for FREE!
Yes, the foundation has generously pledged to PAY for all Superteen's general test day, *ACU CTC course*, eyesight test and on track assessment fees for the Thundersport GB test day to be held at Donington Park on Sunday 23rd February 2014. The fees were already subsidised by Thundersport GB, IN Competition and Donington Park Racing and thus has led to Superteen competitors having to pay nothing at all to take part!
There will also be interactive courses in rider development, TV interviewing techniques, machine maintenance, fitness regimes, nutritional matters and paddock conduct between afternoon sessions, starring 1997 Superteen Champion, 1999 National Supersport Champion, 2008 National Superstock 1000 Champion, 2010 British Superbike Evo Champion and Ben's good friend Steve Brogan.
*There will be an evening ACU CTC course on Saturday 22nd February for those not wishing to lose track time on the Sunday, this is still included in the offer*
All the forms you'll need to enter are right HERE in our Document Centre:
Just leave payment details on forms blank and write 'BGF Academy Aprilia Superteen' on the the 'Machine' line
(Please note: Thundersport registration fees ARE NOT included in this offer)
Any queries call Dave or Bernadette Stewart at Thundersport GB HQ on 01509 678888
or Syd Richard Day at Thundersport GB Branch office on 01502 584381
For details on machine availability, spares etc. CALL:
Aprilia Superteen Challenge Co-ordinators:
Who will also be on hand at the event for extra advice
Myra Newton 01704 894431
Ian Newton 01704 894431
Mobile 07836 556979
Thundersport GB Director Syd Richard-Day says:
"On behalf of everyone involved at Thundersport GB, all Aprilia Superteen riders, their families, AND indeed the wider racing community, I would like to say our most humble thanks to Lorraine Blake (Ben's Mum) and the committee of the Benjamin Gautrey Foundation for again availing this critical learning platform for the youngsters in association with Thundersport GB, IN Competition and Donington Park Racing. There is a huge amount of time and effort that goes into raising the foundation cash toward this end in Ben's name by many many people and in fact the Academy Day at Donington Park will closely follow the third annual Ben Gautrey Foundation dinner where around a 1,000 people will again come together to raise yet more funds for this kind of sporting promotion that was so close to Ben's heart. Please do not hesitate to 'LIKE' (if applicable) and leave some nice positive comments on any social media outlet you may have picked this view up from, as this appreciation means SO MUCH to those valiant volunteers that do to make all this possible, not least of which all the Marshals & Officials that will give their time freely on the day..."
If YOU wish to become involved raising funds for The Ben Gautrey Foundation, have ideas about anything that could help the cause, OR indeed even apply for a grant from the foundation, click on the GAUTRY #25 logo to go straight to the website>>>>>>>>>
Ben's Racing (2006 – 2011)
Christmas 2006 Ben received his first motorbike – an American Pit Bike which he used to ride up at Trax a local circuit in Preston where he would go once a month. It didn’t take long however for Ben to pick up the handling of the bike and with his competitive nature started looking into bike racing series for 12-18 year olds. In 2008 he took deliver of his first race bike an Aprilia 125 cc which he raced on for two seasons in the Aprilia Superteen Series at Thundersport GB. In his first race season he gained a podium at Brands Hatch and won two awards at the end of that season. Most Improved Rider of the Year and Rider’s Rider of the Year. During his second year he was made the Superteens Representitive working closely with the MD’s of Thundersport GB. During his second full season many podiums followed and eventually won his very first competitive race on the final race of the season at Rockingham Race Circuit in 2009. In 2010 he moved onto a 450cc and won the championship at the first attempt. Considering it was only his third season racing competitively this was probably his biggest and finest achievement through all his sporting career.
2011 Ben moved to BSB racing on a 600cc in the Metzler Superstock 600 series. He was fortunate enough to have earned the ride with Mark Webster Racing Team (Gearlink Kawasaki) on the back of his success from the year before. He was now competing at British Level in only his fourth full season on a race bike. The progress he was making not only on the circuit but off it was attracting a lot of positive interest within Kawasaki higher up the ladder. Ben was where he wanted to be, he was so passionate about his sport and loved everything about it. Each race meeting from the age of 14 was a highlight of his week. And as one finished he couldn’t wait for the next. From the minute Ben set eyes on his pit bike on that Christmas Day in 2006 it changed his life forever. He had never been happier than when is is on his bikes and he was fortunate enough with the help of so many people to be living his dream and his certainly did this to the full.
Ben tragically lost his life in a freak accident at Cadwell Park on 29th August 2011, but his vibrant memory lives on in the hearts and minds of his family, friends and of course the fantastic Benjamin Gautrey Foundation launched in his name a little over 2 years ago. 'Keep it lit #25'
Video: Max Pro................Sung & recorded by Miss Sara Day