F1 title contender Mark Webber helps injured racer get back on track

MILTON KEYNES (United Kingdom), August 31, 2010 - In the wake of one of the most horrific motorsport accidents in recent times, Mark Webber and the motorsport industry have united to help raise funds for the rehabilitation of Superleague Formula racer Chris van der Drift in a unique event that will allow motorsport fans to bid on eBay for a chance to race alongside the sport's top up-and-coming stars in Milton Keynes next week.

Former Formula Master, Formula BMW and Formula Renault champion van der Drift was badly injured in a crash during the Superleague Formula race at Brands Hatch four weeks ago. Launched into the air at over 250km/h, the New Zealander suffered two broken fingers, broke his right ankle in two places, and dislocated and cracked his shoulder amongst other injuries. Despite this, he is in good spirits and recovering well, although he requires additional funds to get the specialist treatment his injuries require.

To help raise these funds, a two-hour endurance kart race will take place on Tuesday September 7, 2010 at Daytona Karting in Milton Keynes, featuring a full field of four-person teams and a host of figureheads from within the industry, all friends of van der Drift.

"It's really humbling to see so many good friends from within the industry support me through this difficult period," said van der Drift. "I am really looking forward to the kart fundraiser. I am sure it will be a fantastic event and I really cannot thank everyone enough for their efforts."

Webber will attend to wave off the start of the event and the track will be filled with some of the brightest stars in the industry, with six future F1 contenders inviting the general public to join them as part of their teams.

Single-seater stars Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull F1 test driver), Alexander Sims (F3 Euroseries), Jean-Eric Vergne (British F3), Brendon Hartley (WSR), Oli Webb (British F3) and Tom Blomqvist (FRenaultUK) will all be part of three auction-based entries with two seats available on each of the three teams which the public can bid for on eBay.

Information on how to bid can be found on van der Drift's website, www.chrisvddrift.com or fans can search the eBay auction using the following details:

TEAM RICCIARDO AND VERGNE
eBay auction search id's: 320583514270 & 320583515943

TEAM SIMS AND HARTLEY
eBay auction search id's: 320583510196 & 320583512183

TEAM WEBB AND BLOMQVIST
eBay auction search id's: 320583517872 & 320583519676

The event will also feature a number of professional race simulators, allowing attendees to test their skills against real racing drivers. The Milton Keynes based event will be open to a limited crowd of the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at a cost of £10 per person. Each of the successful auction winners will be given three free spectator tickets to the event.

-source: wg-media.com