Formula One legend Nigel Mansell will be in Ipswich on Friday to cheer on The Pearl Izumi Tour Series cycling team he funds to raise awareness for the UK Youth charity.

The 1992 F1 world champion, who is now president of 102-year-old British charity UK Youth, will be hoping his team ends the season on a high and wins Series. They are currently in pole position with a lead of 13 points over rivals Team Raleigh.

Ahead of the race, Nigel Mansell said:

"It's brilliant to be part of the Tour Series and the tremendous challenge it presents for our riders.

"On Friday we'll be racing some of the best professional cyclists in this country, a privilege by anyone's standards.

"The fact that Team UK Youth is at the top of the leaderboard is testament to the hard work and dedication of our riders – all of whom also serve as inspiring ambassadors for the charity.

"Our aim now is to maintain our efforts and challenge for one of the top-team placings."

Thousands of people are expected to line the route on Friday to see some of Britain’s best athletes on two wheels racing through the streets of Ipswich at speeds of over 30 miles an hour.

Three separate races – including a new 12-pro rider contest dubbed the ‘Suffolk Most Active County Sprint Challenge’, and a race between amateur teams from local businesses, will be held between 15:00 and 21:00.

Members of the public will have an opportunity to cycle the 1.2 km circuit themselves – before the professionals take to the course. There will also be a range of activities to take part in, including a rollerdrome where people can attempt to get to the top of the leader board with the fastest time.

The course starts and finishes on the Cornhill and passes through Westgate Street, Museum Street, Princes Street, along the Buttermarket to Upper Brook Street and then back along Tavern Street.

Team UK Youth was formed to increase awareness of the charity's work – helping young people cope with social issues and assisting their transition into adulthood.

With six team victories so far, Team UK Youth is leading the way at the top of the standings, having worn the red Pearl Izumi Tour Series leader’s jerseys since Round Three at Stoke-on-Trent heading into Thursday night's Round Ten