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Stars race to honour Dan Wheldon in Milton Keynes

A memorial race for IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon who died while competing in Las Vegas has been held.

The 33-year-old, from Emberton, Buckinghamshire, was killed in the race in October.

The Dan Wheldon Memorial Kart Race took place at Daytona Milton Keynes on Monday evening raising funds for The Alzheimer's Society.

Drivers who pledged their support included Jenson Button, Anthony Davidson and David Coulthard.

The endurance event proved so popular that the grid had to be stretched to its maximum with 36 teams of four drivers lining up.

Image caption Dan Wheldon was killed competing in Las Vegas in October

Members of Wheldon's family, who chose the charity to benefit from the event, joined the professional drivers in the race.

'One-off event'

Race organiser and friend of father-of-two Wheldon, Johnny Mowlem, said the cost of the race was covered by the professional drivers taking part and was a one-off special event.

"It's not often that you get professional racing drivers parting with their hard-earned cash in these particular situations," he said.

"For me this was just a one-off and I wanted to go and do to pull everyone together that had known Dan and loved him. I just wanted to send him off in a really happy, and hopefully a really nice, evening."

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