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Rallycross driver Jason Chidwick, 20, needs sponsorship to race in British Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill

By Beth Robson

Just a little sponsorship would help aspiring rallycross driver Jason Chidwick achieve his childhood dream.

The 20-year-old from Betteshanger has wanted to race in the British Rallycross Championship at Lydden Hill Race Circuit ever since he started going to events there, aged eight.

In 2013, he got involved with marshalling. He saw it as a foot in the door as well as the chance to get to know the course.

Jason Chidwick, 20, is looking for £400 sponsorship
Jason Chidwick, 20, is looking for £400 sponsorship

The trained mechanic, who completed a two-year apprenticeship at Kwik Fit in Deal and is soon to begin a job with Toyota in Ashford, first appealed for sponsors via the Mercury in March last year and was hoping to be able to enter last year’s race.

But following a few setbacks with both the vehicle and his funds, he has now set his sights on this year’s event which will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, August 28.

The former pupil of Sir Roger Manwood’s School, Sandwich, said: “The car is ready to race but I’ve had a few snags financially so I’m looking for just a little more sponsorship.” Mr Chidwick has already spent £5,000 trying to make his Citroën Saxo racetrack-worthy.

Since his previous plea, he has bought a new car which was already built for racing but had been damaged in a crash. During the weekends and in his spare time, he has repaired it as well as added a few personal touches.

A track day at Lydden Hill on Saturday, June 3 proved to him it was ready to go.

All he needs now is the £100 registration and £280 entry fee. He said: “If I can do this one race it would mean working in the motor trade is so that I can race. Everything is working towards this race.”

Jason has created a power-point presentation which details the car build from start to finish, along with pictures from his track day. He hopes it will entice people to sponsor him.

In exchange, he is offering sticker advertising on the car and mentions on social media.

He said: “Driving is fantastic. I picked it up really quickly, and I can’t fault the car.

“I’m surprised how comfortable I was in it. I just really hope I can get back in the driver’s seat in August.”

The race is renowned for drawing a big crowd and is on television.

It will also be recorded and put into production for the British Rallycross YouTube Channel.

If successful, Mr Chidwick would like to compete in a full season of rallies next year.

If you would like to sponsor him call 07577 050664 or email chidwickjason@gmail.com.

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