Graham Heath Construction’s long-standing team member, Micky Heath had a fantastic weekend at the motor-racing Ford XR Challenge, in more ways than one.
Sponsored by Graham Heath Construction for many years, Micky Heath is a self-confessed racing addict. Beginning his racing career in 2010, it wasn’t long before he was winning numerous races. After watching Micky race in 2012 at Oulton Park, his brother, Graham Heath, saw his potential and the long-standing sponsorship began.
This year, the sixth and final stage of the Ford XR challenge took place on 26th & 27th September in Anglesey. Beginning with a rocky start, Micky’s luck soon changed… Take a look at his race overview:
Micky qualified on poll. He had an amazing start but due to severe engine trouble, got knocked off and came fifth overall.
After having his engine re-built, Micky shifted gear and after starting fifth in race two, finished second overall.
Micky knew he needed to finish in the top four to win the overall championship. Things were looking good and starting second on the grid certainly helped. He came second in the race and due to the number of points he had on the board, scooped not only the XR 2’s Championship, but also the overall XR Championship!
Micky was lucky enough to compete alongside his nephew Justin Roberts in the race, however, this wasn’t the only memorable moment Micky experienced over the two-day event. Son of close family friends, 11-year-old Benji, who suffers from Osteosarcomas, also joined Micky along with his parents over the weekend.
When he was 9, “sport-mad” Benji unearthed a severe health problem after a knock playing football one day. Doctor’s uncovered a tumour, which was diagnosed with Osteosarcomas, a rare form of bone cancer. The tumour was removed but Benji has been unable to play any sport since.
However, doctors recently told Benji that cycling might help his recovery and so his parents tracked down a Rally Chopper bike that he was able to ride. Needless to say, Benji spent the whole weekend on his bike and enjoyed all the XR Championship had to offer. This included being taken by Micky to the commentary and racing control box and even presenting the winners of the races with their trophies! Another highlight included watching the three-hour night race that took place on Saturday evening.
Micky Heath commented, “It was fantastic to be able to reignite Benji’s passion for sport and seeing him enjoy the weekend so much was really rewarding. I’d also like to thank everyone at Graham Heath Construction for their continued support, and here’s to making it another successful year!”
This is the second time Micky has revved to pole position in the Ford XR Championship, with his first overall win taking place in 2013. He’s not stopping here either; he is keen to make it a hat trick in 2016, so watch this space!