The members of the V8 Supercars community have banded together to set up a fundraising website in support of their cancer-stricken comrade, Jason Richards.
Incredibly and despite still undergoing chemotherapy, Richards took a turn behind the wheel in the V8 Development Series race at Adelaide (winning the second heat), as well as the V8s support race at the Australian Grand Prix, where he proved equally rapid and took a podium finish.
To support the New Zealander – who is hugely liked up and down the paddock – fellow drivers Grey Murphy, Garth Tander and Paul Dumbrell have been the linchpins in setting up the Bid4Jase website, which will raise funds through the online auctions of motorsport memorabilia.
“We might all be pretty fierce competitors on the track but in cases like this where we’ve got one of our own, Jason Richards, who is battling through cancer, we’re all coming together to assist him in his time of need,” Murphy told reporters.
“It’s something we feel is a real opportunity to get behind him and support him. He managed to get behind the wheel of a race car at Adelaide and AGP which has been huge for his treatment, making him feel very positive and obviously it’s a massive thing for him to still be able to get behind the wheel if he can.”
Richards has headed to the United States to start a new treatment programme, meaning he will miss being present in the paddock at this weekend’s round on home soil in Hamilton.
Those wishing to bid for an item and help raise funds for Richards can do so by visiting his website at this link.
[Original image via Daily Telegraph]