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A Benefit for Chris Van der Drift (**Updated)

August 25, 2010

Chris Van der Drift prior to the race at Brands Hatch.  © Superleague

At the beginning of the month, Superleague Formula driver Chris Van der Drift had an extremely frightening accident that left the Kiwi with multiple injuries.

Van der Drift hit the back of AS Roma driver Julien Jousse and was launched into the air. The Olympiacos driver then went straight into the side of the bridge near Pilgrims Drop and suffered a dislocated and broken ankle, a broken wrist, a broken finger, two broken ribs, a cracked shoulder blade and a mangled left index finger.
His crash reportedly had the second highest recorded G-force that a driver has survived.

Right now, Van der Drift is struggling to pay his medical bills for the care and treatment he has received so far and will continue to receive in the future. Unbeknownst to Chris, it would appear that his management team may not have secured his personal insurance (amongst other things) and as such, van der Drift has been left with bills that he cannot cope with.

Chris will be attending Bisham Abbey, a sports science medicine facility used for elite athlete training and recovery. The facility is used by Great Britain’s Olympic team, top rugby and football teams; however Chris will be the first racing driver to use Sport England’s state of the art facility.

With this mind, a Go-Karting Benefit event has been organised for Tuesday September 7th at Daytona Karting Circuit, Milton Keynes in order to try and raise money for Chris. The special guest star on the day will be Red Bull Racing driver, Mark Webber.
The event will see some of motorsports biggest and up and coming talents, as well as many racing teams, compete in a two hour endurance race, which will be officiated by Mark Webber and covered in Autosport. Some of Chris’ past race teams and opponents along with race drivers and associated motor racing companies have also signed up to be part of the event.

So to all racing drivers, racing teams and motorsport companies, please show your support by entering the go-kart race.  The cost of entering a team is £250 (the charge for Daytona) and a donation for Chris and teams need to be there at 5pm for a 6pm start. An auction is also being held at the event, so any motorsport memorabilia that you would like to donate would also be greatly appreciated.

If you would wish to enter a team for this event, please contact Jessica on 07824602856 (UK mobile number) or at jessicaracing@googlemail.com for more information. Teams are limited, so sign up quick!!  The event is open to the public, so come along and donate some monies to help Chris get on the road to recovery.

Check the event’s official Facebook page.  Further details about the event and the auction can be found at Chris’ website.  Don’t forget to spread the word and invite your friends.
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