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Former soccer star on a different track

CONTENDER: Luther Blissett will be racing at Silverstone this weekend

THE WORLD famous Silverstone circuit is set to be the venue for another hotly contested race this weekend – but this time the starting grid will be filled with thrill-seeking celebrities rather than Formula One stars.

The 14 celebrities, who have all been specially trained for the race, will tear up the tarmac in 130mph Morgan Roadster lightweight race cars in the Silverstone Classic ‘Celebrity Challenge’.

Run in aid of the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK, the Celebrity Challenge is just one of the attractions at the world’s biggest classic car racing festival, which runs from this Friday to Sunday, 22-24 July.

Ex-England footballer Luther Blissett, Heston Blumenthal, and Brendan Cole are three of the names who are returning for a second appearance in the Celebrity Challenge.

Last year’s winner Rick Parfitt Jnr is also back to defend his title while The Apprentice winner Lee McQueen, ‘Comedy’ Dave from Radio 1, actor Jimmy Akingbola and drummer Paul Stewart (The Feeling) are all set to make their racing debut.

Last year’s Silverstone Classic Celebrity Challenge raised over £25,000 for the charity and the celebrities are aiming to beat that target in 2011.

Stephanie Moore MBE, Bobby’s widow and founder of the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK, commented: “I’m really looking forward to the Silverstone Classic Celebrity Challenge which I’m sure will be a fantastic occasion.

“The celebrity drivers have been doing a marvellous job with their fundraising so far. I’m extremely grateful for all their efforts and wish everybody the best of luck for the race.”

The Celebrity Challenge is just part of the entertainment on offer at the Silverstone Classic, which celebrates its 21st anniversary this year.

All the drivers can be sponsored via the Bobby Moore Fund website at www.bobbymoorefund.org.

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