15-year old Gustav Burton, a Year 10 student at Felsted School, from Kelvedon in Essex, will participate in the Renault UK Clio Cup Junior Championship’s 2018 season to raise money for UK registered charity and international NGO, the Sparkle Foundation.
Gus, a member of Team Pyro, will take to the track in the ‘Sparkle Car’. He will donate 100% of proceeds from sponsorship advertising to the foundation and aims to raise at least £15k this year.
Sparkle Malawi will use all money raised by Gus to contribute to the construction of two new classrooms, an office and toilets for the children and staff of the Sparkle Foundation and the project in Malawi.
Gus, a pupil at Felsted School, comments: “Every penny we raise – and we hope to raise £15,000 in sponsorship – will be donated to the Sparkle Foundation. We’ve even named my race car ‘Sparkle Car’!
He added: “I feel confident I can make a serious bid for the Clio Cup Junior crown in 2018 – the category has really raised the bar in junior motor sport as the cars are the most technically advanced in the marketplace, plus there’s all the professionalism that Renault Sport is renowned for that comes with it. I see it as the best arena in which to develop as a young driver.”
Sarah Brook, former Felsted pupil and CEO and Founder of the Sparkle Foundation, commented: “We’re delighted that such a young individual is using his passion to such positive effect. I’m touched that he’ll join us on this journey. Our vision for the charity is to reach more vulnerable children in Malawi and educate more community members so that our work can spread to those who need us most. To do this we need to improve our facilities and expand our current structures. Thanks to Gus and the generous support of his sponsors we’re sure that we can make this dream a reality."
For those wishing to get behind young Gus and the Sparkle Foundation, car sponsorship packages start from as little as £500 and sponsors who pledge between £2k and £5k will also secure their logo on Mr Burton’s race suit or helmet.
It’s estimated by the British Automobile Racing Club that circa 41,500 people will attend the Clio Cup Junior Championship 2018 race meetings. The event will also receive coverage via Renault on line. For more information about the sponsorship packages available, please visit gusburtonracing.com.