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Cassey WatsonLunar Racing’s teenage female racing driver, Cassey Watson, continued her streak of scoring a podium in every vehicle she has ever driven at Snetterton when she finished 2nd in the 8th round of the 2010 Zing Trofeo Abarth 500 GB driving her Thames Abarth of Slough backed Abarth 500 Assetto Course.

However it was education that was the real winner on the day with the car being run by 3 of the teams new 14 year old students over seen by one of the projects 17 year old graduates,

Lunar Racing, based at Rockingham Speedway in Corby, are not the usual motorsport race team! Of course like every other team when they enter a Championship they are there to win. However the team’s main goal is teaching!

Lunar Racing works with 14-18 year old school children to build and maintain real racing cars which compete against professional racing teams in professional championships. The desision to enter the Trofeo in 2010 was taken in order to prove that the projects students are capable of competing against some of the most successful teams in British Motorsport.

High quality lessons are at the heart of everything they do, but then they can’t afford to do anything less. When a racing car has to brake from 150 mph before taking a hairpin bend at the limit of its tyres’ grip, every component has to be fitted and maintained correctly. As a result of this, their students are the best in the world. Leaving their two year programme with a full level 2 qualification worth 5 GCSE A*-C grades, and an ability to work under pressure and to deadlines unique in the educational system.

The team now move on to Silverstone where the Trofeo races as part of the prestigous Silverstone Classic, July 23rd – 25th where 18 year old Cassey will be looking to continue stepping onto the podium.

TrainathonFor the second year running, a group of kiwi racing drivers have completed the NZ Motorsport Trainathon, a unique charity event held in conjunction with the World Vision 40 Hour Famine.

Porsche racing driver Jono Lester, single seater racers Alastair Wootten, Richie Stanaway and Andrew Vincent, and Suzuki Swift driver Sam Robinson each completed 40 hours of fitness training at the Millennium Institute of Sport & Health on Auckland’s North Shore over the weekend of May 21-23.

Throughout the 40 hour endurance event, the team completed a rigorous schedule of exercises including cardio fitness, weight training, athletics track work and drills, rock climbing, swimming, water polo, water walking, dance class, boxing, yoga, weightlifting, dodgeball, soccer, the new dance craze ‘Zumba’ and even some Nintendo Wii fit!

Utilising the Millennium Institute’s fantastic facilities and personnel, the team were assisted throughout by a number of MISH high performance athletes, Olympians and Commonwealth Games athletes from a number of sporting codes; all aiding the Trainathon team with technique and execution of some unfamiliar exercises, such as weightlifting’s ‘snatch’ and ‘clean and jerk’..

Helen Carter, World Vision’s 40 Hour Famine Manager, said the heartland of 40 Hour Famine is going without food, but it’s exciting to see young Kiwis finding challenging and creative ways to do the Famine.

“We are inspired by the enthusiasm of the Trainathon team who gave their all once again for those in need. It’s great to see such talented young men behind our cause, and motivating others to get involved!” added Helen.

“Having five of us doing the Trainathon this year was a big advantage when times were tough in the early hours of both Saturday and Sunday morning, but the wide range of activities we got to do this year was just awesome and we can’t thank everyone enough for their help and support,” Lester said.

“We all had our peaks and lows, and they all came at different times. It was really interesting to witness this, but we had loads of laughs and the enthusiasm of the team members made the 40 hours a lot less arduous than it could have been!”

The event was followed live by a number of supporters via Facebook, Twitter and hourly YouTube diaries which detailed the highs, lows, and everything in between during the hours of 04:00pm Friday May 21, to 08:00am Sunday May 23.

Online donations to the Trainathon can still be made by visiting www.famine.org.nz/groups/trainathon

The team also have a number of charity auctions online at the TradeMe website, available through the World Vision Online Store or by searching ‘Trainathon’.

All proceeds from these auctions will go towards the team’s final total, and includes donated items such as sports watches, galvanised trailers, and signed sporting memorabilia.

The 2010 NZ Motorsport Trainathon team would like to thank their long list of supporters, family, friends and donating public for again contributing their time and effort to this year’s event.