The ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX will see the end of this season’s Formula 1, and it’s been another exciting year. David Coulthard, Wings for Life World Run ambassador and former Formula 1 race driver has been following as much as everyone else.
Still in love with cars and speed, life for Coulthard will be slowing down considerably on May 3, 2015 when he gets behind the wheel once more. Because of his love of speed (and dodgey knees) running is out for him, so this time he’ll be chasing down runners from the front seat of the Wings for Life World Run Catcher Car.
“I think that my skills are definitely better behind the wheel. I think it's going to be a fun experience for me to be really at the heart of one of the events and to be following and tracking from the Catcher Car.”
Since he heard about the Wings for Life foundation and its drive to find a cure for spinal cord injury, Coulthard has been its avid supporter:
“When I was with the Williams Formula 1 team, as a young test driver back in the 80s and 90s, Frank Williams, the founder and the owner of the team, suffered a spinal cord injury. Amazingly, he returned to work with the aid of a team of nurses, and he continued to be the Williams team principle and take them to the World Championships. Clearly it had a massive effect not only on his life and ability but also on his family and the team of people around him. So, as a young man, I had such an intimate experience of travelling around the world with him and his team that I knew how important it is to have the focus and attention and support on a foundation like Wings for Life.”
To raise awareness and funds for hundreds of thousands of spinal cord injury patients, at the second Wings for Life World Run, Coulthard will put his skills to the test at the other end of the speed spectrum and chase the thousands of runners taking part in one of the 35 races worldwide. At 11am UTC, at an as-yet-undisclosed location, Coulthard will watch thousands run pass him before he slams on the gas and starts after them, at 11.30am UTC, at a blistering 15 kmph.
“It was because of Frank Williams I was given the opportunity to race the car,” says Coulthard, who feels passionately about using his skills to raise awareness for spinal cord injury. “I think what really sets Wings for Life apart is it brings together all the foundations working to find a cure, they share the research programmes, and they really channel the global drive to find a cure.”
“I’m encouraging everyone to sign up for the 2015 edition of the Wings for Life World Run. Everyone taking part around the globe will be running on May 3, simultaneously starting at 11am UTC, whether that’s in the middle of the night, middle of the day, spring or autumn. And what makes this event truly unique is the Catcher Car. The finish line will come to you. And you’re running for those who can't.”