Report on the highlights from the 1st F1F Virtual Charity Event.
Before a report of the events, here is what all the teams in attendance were auctioning:
1. A VIP experience at a race weekend
2. A lap of Silverstone in a two-seater F1 car with Diego Campos
Mathershaw Technology/Liverpool GP
1. A 1/2 F1 Mathershaw Gearbox
2. A 2014 Chevrolet SS courtesy of General Motors
1. Helmets worn by Lee Fuller and Mattias Hirvonen
2. A HRT F111 (formerly owned by Dick Diceman himself)
Lucas Wilson Grand Prix
1. A real LW-1GP F1 car raced by Hugh Dywer at the Canadian GP
2. A Volkswagen W12 engine converted into a table
3. A one on one track day driving a LW-1GP car at Paul Ricard circuit in France
1. Official team shirts signed by Marcus Thunder, Scott Parsons and Kip Maxwell
2. A set of race overalls
3. A broken nose from Maxwells F1 car from the Australian GP signed by him
4. Special VIP Passes to the Monaco GP where they will have a meal with the team and meet the drivers
1. A ride in a two seater F1 car before the Belgian GP
2. A VIP tour through the Team 23 factory
1. Three day trips to the Westwood factory including meeting team principal Andae and all the drivers and engineers, with means for food and an overnight stay if needed.
2. A steering wheel from Romano Agostino's car
3. A scale model of the Team 23 car signed by both Team 23 drivers.
4. Signed helmets by both drivers
5. A day in the Team 23 simulator
6. 5 VIP passes to the Belgian GP with all access throughout the Team 23 garage, paddock and grid
7. A pack of digestive biscuits
1. Signed Will Hoskins helmet
2. A wheel gun used at the British GP
3. 3 signed team shirts by all of the drivers
4. Franklin F1 steering wheel
5. VIP tickets, 1 for each of the remaining GP, sitting in the Franklin F1 hospitality suite.
6. Franklin F1 race overalls, including gloves and boots.
The day got off to a flying start as at 11:00 am, the much awaited Driver sprint got underway. The 100 M sprint was won by none other than Will Hoskins, something which seemed to displease his championship leading teammate, Nathaniel Powers. Second was Romano Agostino and third place went to Fun F1 driver Lee Fuller. Meanwhile during the sprint, Adrien Simon (Mathershaw) fell over, causing great amusement, he still finished ahead of Jean Mattson, who forgot the race was occurring.
After the race all the drivers and engineers rushed to their tents to get ready for the Goodwood style sprint on the racetrack in the grounds of Holdsworth Manor, private residence of LWGP owner, Lucas Wilson.
It came as no surprise that Franklin F1's Nathaniel Powers led the top of the table with a time of 46.726 seconds, ahead of LWGP driver Carson Davenport who posted a time of 47.349 seconds, Jean Mattson was 3rd with a time of 47.540 and Will Hoskins was 4th with a time of 47.989 seconds. Meanwhile, Fun F1 fans were livid after Hirvonens suspension collapsed halfway round the track, but Lee Fuller made up for it posting a time of 48.265 seconds, good enough for 5th place.
Lunch turned out to be a great event for F1 fans, having a chat with them over a sausage roll. The lunch was spoiled a bit by the return of the angry BMW Zyla fans who had got Lucas Wilson at the US GP , sure enough they peppered Orange Downton team principal Bradley Downton with a beautifully baked pasty, but to the delight of the crowd watching Bradley threw a cake right back at them, hitting one of them right in the face, before they were dragged of the grounds.
After a stunning display from the RB X-Fighters and the local RAF came the event every Team Principal had been fearing, a icy water dunk, a random person was picked from the crowd with Westwood Racing team principal Harry Westwood selected for the dunk. However he soon went looking for Lucas Wilson, and all the Team Principals dunked him in making a fantastic display for crowd.
After all that excitement, the F1 teams got their chance to entertain their fans. Mathershaw really pushed the boat out with a Q and A with both drivers and their engineers, they also gave a free scale model of their car to every one of their fans and made a few more.
After an incredible concert and evening meal, the main event came. It raised a massive 12 Million pounds for charity. The piece that raised the most money was the LW-1GP car auction by Lucas Wilson GP for 5 Million pounds. There were many frantic buyers on the phone and laptops trying to get their bids in for these priceless pieces of memorabilia. One piece subject to an intense bidding war was over the VIP tickets to go to races with Team 23, with many being sold at £10,000 a ticket.
The final bid of the day was a packet of biscuits being auctioned by Harry Westwood, as it was the final bid, every team principal in attendance was bidding with each other, with the packet of Digestives going to William Ingram.
So that was the report, a great day, see you all next year!