JARAMA, Spain – Ford employees joined forces with celebrities and journalists to go further for charity by taking part in an endurance driving challenge in Spain last weekend.
The ninth annual 24 Hours Ford Solidarity Race was held at the Jarama racetrack in Spain and saw 90 drivers from six different teams do battle in identical Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost cars.
The winning team was the one that completed the most laps around the circuit using a limited supply of tyres (provided by Continental) and fuel (provided by BP Ultimate).
After 24 hours of driving, the Fundación Gomaespuma team and its sponsor, the El Mundo newspaper, were named victors after completing 545 laps in their Focus.
The winners prize money (€38,000) will fund a programme to provide psychological and legal assistance to child and adolescent victims of violence and sex trafficking in Managua. The Fundación Apascovi-Atres Advertising team finished second (€25,000), with the Asion-ABC team taking third (€14,000). In total, 10 charities will benefit from the event.
The 90 drivers that volunteered their time for a good cause included journalists, sponsors, customers, Ford of Spain’s employees and many well-known personalities, including the teams’ celebrity ambassadors, such as Miguel Arias Cañete; minister of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Jesulín de Ubrique, Blanca Fernández-Ochoa, Roberto Drago, Santiago Acosta, Iván Sánchez, and many more.