Long Way Doune for Porsche driver

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A Porsche expert at a Formula One race track is getting his wheels in motion for an iconic fundraising drive next week.

Gordon Robertson, chief driving consultant at Silverstone’s Porsche Experience Centre, is driving from Knockhill in Fife to Goodwood in West Sussex taking in nine tracks on the way alongside with world famous drivers like Mark Webber of and The Stig.

Gordon, originally from Larbert but now living in Doune, is recovering from medullary thyroid cancer and will be joined in the passenger seat by his six-year-old daughter Lucy who has also been affected by his illness.

The 39-year-old was diagnosed with the disease in January 2012. Later in the year it was found that Lucy had the same genetic abnormality and had to have her thyroid removed to minimise the chances of her developing the disease in the future.

He is calling his drive ‘The Long Way Doune’ and can’t wait for his epic journey in a classic 1963 Porsche 911 with brave Lucy by his side.

Former Ladeside primary and Larbert High School pupil Gordon said: “Last year started really badly after the diagnosis, but after a seven-hour neck operation and six weeks of intensive radio therapy I was back on the road again.

“However, I can’t begin to describe the agony when doctors discovered that Lucy carried the same genetic abnormality and that I had unknowingly passed this gene onto my ‘wee princess’.

“But she has been really brave and hasn’t missed a beat whereas we worried sick. She’s absolutely fine and gets regular check-ups and just takes everything in her stride and wants to be a nurse now after the great care we both had.”

From the Knockhill racing circuit on Monday, Gordon and Lucy will visit Croft (North Yorkshire) and Oulton Park (Cheshire), Donington Park and Mallory Park (both Leicestershire), Silverstone (Northamptonshire) and Brands Hatch (Kent) on Tuesday, finishing at Thruxton (Hampshire) and Goodwood on Wednesday.

Top drivers including Red Bull Formula 1 racer Mark Webber, British touring car champion Gordon Shedden, driver/TV presenter Vicki Butler-Henderson and Richard Attwood will take the Porsche 911 for spin at the various tracks for Gordon and Lucy’s cause.

Porsche will also be filming the trip for a web video for ‘Project 50’ to celebrate 50 years of the iconic 911 sports coupe.

Gordon, who has already raised more than £6500 for the Ninewells Cancer Campaign, added: “I just wanted to say ‘thank you’ to the extraordinary people who have helped us along the way. We definitely feel like we owe a debt of gratitude.”

To donate to The Long Way Doune visit www.justgiving.com/longwaydoune.