GOLD COAST-based V8 driver Cam Wilson has today smashed a Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled by indoor go-kart in 24hours.
It was all done for good reason, raising much needed funds for medical research into a cure for Huntingtons disease and to help support families currently living with the condition.
An exhausted but elated Cam smashed the existing record of 503km at 8.05am this morning, after travelling 604kms in 24 hours.
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“It was touch and go at some points, but the cause kept me motivated and I couldn’t be happier about raising not only awareness of Huntington’s Disease, but also much needed funds so hopefully a cure can be found for this devastating disease,” Wilson said.
Referring to his spectacular crash in the Gold Coast 600 last year, Cam joked: “I’m glad the only thing I smashed this time around was a world record and not my vehicle!’
Huntington’s Disease (HD) is a cause close to Cam’s heart, with his father Murray, 66, suffering from the disease and Cam, 39, unsure yet whether he has inherited the condition.
“I have a 50 per cent chance of inheriting this debilitating disease and if I do get it, my little daughter Ellie, who is just three and a half, also has a 50 per cent chance of inheriting the condition,” he said.
“I will do everything in my power to raise funds to help towards finding a cure, if not in my lifetime but certainly in my daughter’s lifetime. Thank you so much to everyone for the support and the donations.”
Huntingtons Queensland executive officer Cheryl Miller has congratulated Cam on his amazing effort and urged all Queenslanders to show their support for local families living with Huntingtons by donating to the cause at www.qahda.com.
“Cam is a hero in our eyes and we are so proud of him, and what he has achieved with this world record.”
The event took place at Cam’s Go Karting Brisbane track and Cam, his family, friends, local businesses and members of the public enjoyed the after celebrations which included an auction of parts from Cam’s smashed V8 Ute from the Gold Coast 600, as well as a spit roast, Eagle Boys pizzas and hot laps; all proceeds of which also went towards Huntingtons Queensland.