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Ryan Lawford memorial go-karting event to be held at Buckmore Park in February

By Dan Wright

A talented rallycross driver and engineer will be remembered at a charity go-karting event next month.

Friends and family of Blean’s Ryan Lawford, who died five years ago on Sunday, will gather at the Buckmore Park circuit in Chatham on Saturday, February 17.

They will compete in teams of three or four in a 90-minute endurance race to raise money for the Prevention of Young Suicide charity, PAPYRUS.

Ryan Lawford was an accomplished engineer and driver

Among the drivers due to take part include British Rallycross competitors Tristan Ovenden and Darren Scott, who raced against Ryan when he competed in the sport.

The 26-year-old began his involvement in motorsport after getting to know 1992 European Rallycross champion Will Gollop as a teenager, and went on to become an accomplished engineer and driver.

He was a star of the Stock Hatch category in a red Peugeot 205 and worked in the British Touring Car Championship with Andrew Jordan as an engineer.

Action from the 2014 event. Picture: Joe Wright

In 2014, the first memorial go-karting event raised thousands of pounds for the Demelza Hospice Care for Children charity.

Entry to next month's go-karting costs £65 per person. All teams will also be asked to donate money for their grid slot, with the highest donation earning pole position.

A short awards reception will follow the race, which will start at 2pm.

Lawford starred in SuperNational outings in a Ford Fiesta. Picture: Tim Whittington
Sittingbourne rallycrosser Darren Scott's team won the 2014 event. Picture: Joe Wright

Drivers must be over 16 years of age and teams can be made if any single or duo drivers would like to attend.

All money raised will go to the PAPYRUS charity.

To enter, email Ryan’s dad, Martin, on martinlawford727@gmail.com

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