Darren Turner and Peter Dumbreck will leave the cockpits of their Aston Martin GTE Vantage this August to take a new endurance challenge – on two wheels.
The two Britons will take their bicycles from Lands End to John O’Groats in just over a week, all to raise funds for the Horton Maternity Unit, where both Turner and Dumbreck’s children were born.
The duo’s training for the event will be put on hold next week for the small matter of a 24 Hour race in France, in which Darren Turner will be going for his third win at Le Mans. They will share their car with fellow Aston Martin regular Stefan Mucke.
“This was the next thing on my bucket list,” said Turner, who will receive help in training from former F1 drivers Anthony Davidson and Karun Chandhok. “I’ve done the London Marathon so the next challenge had to be a long bike ride. I wasn’t really thinking of anything quite this long but I’ll give it a go. If you’re going to take on a challenge it’s great to be able to raise money for charity at the same time. The Horton Maternity Unit has been good to both Peter and myself and Anthony’s boy was also born there so it was the obvious choice.
“We received some kind support from Shutt Velo Rapide and Wilier so now we have all the gear and definitely no idea,” he admitted. “We’re working hard on getting some decent miles under our belts though before we set off in August.”