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Amazing response to SGMW karting GP in memory of Sue Baker

The Southern Group of Motoring Writers’ annual charity karting grand prix will be even more special this year as it is in memory of Sue Baker.

Sue, a motoring pioneer, long-standing SGMW member and past chairman, died in November after bravely battling Motor Neurone Disease.

As a mark of respect, SGMW members unanimously agreed to choose the Motor Neurone Disease Association as its nominated charity to benefit from this year’s karting GP.

It has also been renamed the SGMW Sue Baker Memorial Karting GP as Sue was the driving force behind setting up the annual charity event. She was part of the original team which came up with the idea, and got the karting GP established, and remained a keen supporter.

The highly-competitive event is on Thursday, April 27th, from 3pm to 8pm, and once again being staged at the triple-level indoor circuit at TeamSport Crawley, near Gatwick.

The SGMW karting GP is tremendously popular with PRs, each year attracting a grid of ‘works’ teams from the automotive world.

This year the response has been exceptional with a near-maximum field. Already 13 teams are confirmed, some making their debut in the event, and pledges of financial support from four other manufacturers who are unable to attend but want to help a good cause in memory of Sue.

Chris Rees, SGMW secretary and karting GP organiser, said: “The amazing response to this year’s karting GP is testament to Sue Baker’s popularity and the respect people have for this pioneer of the motoring industry.

There will be a lot of memories of Sue, and a lot of laughter, which will make it even more fun – something Sue would approve of.”

The event is also a great opportunity to network and has raised more than £25,000 for charity since it was launched.

Teams compete in a 150-minute endurance race, trying to complete as many laps as possible before the chequered flag, for the coveted SGMW karting GP trophy.

Main Image Caption: This year’s Southern Group of Motoring Writers’ karting GP is in memory of former chairman Sue Baker and in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

About the Southern Group of Motoring Writers
The SGMW represents motoring writers living or working in the region around the M25 motorway, stretching from Norfolk in the north to Portsmouth and Brighton in the south and from Reading and Oxford in the west to Kent in the east.

The group’s main role is to assist and enable communications between its members and the motor industry. It currently has 32 members working on local, regional and national newspapers, magazines, books, websites, social media and television to provide the public and specialist industry sectors with the latest motoring information.

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