SPIRIT OF GIVING SURROUNDING GT3 CUP CHALLENGE IT'S NOT CHRISTMAS, but there is a definite feeling of giving in this years' Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia Series. Whilst Motorsport is often seen as an expensive, resource and dollar-hungry...
SPIRIT OF GIVING SURROUNDING GT3 CUP CHALLENGE
IT'S NOT CHRISTMAS, but there is a definite feeling of giving in this years' Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia Series.
Whilst Motorsport is often seen as an expensive, resource and dollar-hungry sport the GT3 Cup Challenge and its competitors have gone some way to dispelling this theory with an amazing flood of generosity witnessed this year in support of the series' official charity: The Ronald McDonald House Charities.
After just two rounds the series' has raised in excess of $17,000 to help fund the establishment of a new Ronald McDonald House on the Gold Coast.
The series raised more than $13,000 at the recent Phillip Island round thanks to a charity auction and other donations, adding to the $4500 raised during the opening round of the year at Bathurst by a premiere screening of Porsche competitor Eric Bana's Love the Beast.
All monies raised this year by the GT3 Cup Challenge will be directed towards the establishment of a new Gold Coast Ronald McDonald House.
"The GT3 Cup Challenge was formed with the idea of giving Porsche owners a fun, entertaining and competitive place to race - but their response to in turn supporting our activities has been simply outstanding," Category Manager Jodi Zylstra said.
"They have supported us at every turn and have been so generous in giving to our official charity. The feedback I have had from Ronald McDonald House Charities officials has been outstanding - they are very thankful for the effort our competitors are putting in."
The spirit of giving also - in some ways, at least - extends to the track with several teams giving it all to be back on track ahead of this weekends round at Mallala Raceway in South Australia.
The two cars of Ivan Klasan and Simon Gardiner were damaged at Phillip Island but both have given their all to get their cars straight for this weekends' Mallala hit out. The Victorian driver Klasan will be keen to rebound from his Phillip Island dramas after showing plenty of speed at the previous round - his first race meeting in the new car.
GT3 Cup Challenge sponsor Racer Industries has also been involved in giving back to the competitors, with several contingency awards presented recently.
McDonald's / Point 2 Point Logistics driver Terry Knight won the Round One Racer Industries Good Sportsmanship Award after donating his time to flagging the entire Bathurst 12-hour race that was run the day after the first round of the 2009 GT3 Cup season.
Ivan Klasan and his hard working crew won the $300 Racer Industries voucher for round two after burning the midnight oil to rebuild his car after his amazing race one spin that ended with his car sideswiping the pit-straight wall at Phillip Island.
Meanwhile, round two winner Matt Kingsley won the Racer Industries / Project-Mu contingency award of a set of new front brake pads, valued at nearly $800 for his faultless driving display.
Michelin, who have supported the GT3 Cup Challenge series since its inception last year, are also giving back to the competitors, offering several contingency awards and product discounts to series-registered competitors.