Jason Richards The widespread support for cancer-stricken V8 Supercars driver Jason Richards has extended as far as the Formula 1 community, with Mark Webber banding the rest of the grid together to donate a memorabilia item as part of the fundraising effort for the New Zealander and his family.

Richards was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in his adrenal glands and was forced to quit his full-time post at Brad Jones Racing while he underwent chemotherapy treatment.

Despite the severe side effects of his treatment, the Kiwi driver returned to the Australian Grand Prix to compete in the three non-championship V8 support races at Albert Park, and he has also contested the odd race in the Fujitsu V8 feeder series and the Australian GT championship.

Sadly for Richards, his chemotherapy treatment has not proven successful, and he has travelled to the United States to join a radical treatment programme that we all hope will prove successful.

What’s equally touching is to see the F1 paddock band together – under the stewardship of Webber – to sign a Red Bull Racing wishbone (pictured) that was donated by the Milton Keynes squad.

The wishbone is now auction at the Bid4Jase website, a fundraising website where all sales and donation proceeds will go towards his treatment and the support of his family.

“Jason is one of Australasia’s great talents and I’ve been keeping a close eye on his progress since he was diagnosed,” Webber is quoted as saying.

“He has a very rare and aggressive form of cancer and we wanted to do our bit to support him and his family during this tough time.”

The auction for this item closes on 27 June.

To bid or donate, click on the banner below:

Click here to visit the Bid4Jase website

[Images via AUTOSPORT and Flickr]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.