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Ross Brawn to become charity patron 25 Jun 2009

Ross Brawn (GBR) Brawn Grand Prix Team Principal.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Turkish Grand Prix, Practice Day, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Friday, 5 June 2009

Brawn GP team principal Ross Brawn announced on Thursday he is to become a patron of the SKIDZ Motor Projects charity, which provides opportunities for disadvantaged young people in the UK to gain vocational motor trade skills and access to courses in motor engineering.

Currently based in rented premises, the charity aims to raise almost £1million to purchase a property for the Wycombe Motor Project. A new location would see the organisation able to offer an improved service to the area’s youngsters and better facilities.

“I am delighted to become a Patron of the SKIDZ Motor Projects charity and to lend my support to their fundraising campaign for new premises for the Wycombe Motor Project,” said Brawn. “Having started my career in Formula One as a machinist and mechanic with the Williams Grand Prix team back in the 1970s, I am a passionate supporter of providing opportunities for young people to learn practical motor trade skills and have the opportunity to become involved in and develop a passion for motorsport.

“Practical experience is key to getting the best possible grounding in the motor trade and this is where SKIDZ really makes a difference to the future prospects for the young people involved. Along with my work with Formula Student and F1 in Schools, I hope that my involvement in SKIDZ can make a real difference. The enthusiasm and commitment that I have seen at the Wycombe Motor Project fills me with optimism for the future of science and engineering in this country.”

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